We went to New Mexico a few weeks ago and it was WONDERFUL to get away. It was the first real trip I’ve taken since I started eating real food so I was a little curious about how it would go. The weekend before we left we had a family wedding that my entire family was in so I was not able to plan ahead like I will next time. The night before our trip I ran to the grocery store and grabbed snacks for the road. I had a separate container for me, Noah, and Ruthie (Nelson flew out to meet us bc of work and we rode with my parents).
I packed Larabars, nuts, dried fruit, seeds, organic fruit chews, annie’s cheddar trail mix (which was too processed and ended up smelling awful in the car) and apple sauce. Can I just say that Larabars were a lifesaver on this trip?! We all love them (even little Ruthie) and they are a great source of protein during the day. What I wish I would have packed for the car: raw veggies with hummus and more fresh fruit! And I WISH I would have made a last minute Trader Joe’s run for our snacks since everything is cheaper there!
We stayed in a cabin with my parents and grandparents and were able to cook a few meals. On my night to cook I made whole wheat spaghetti with organic pasta sauce and a big green salad. Super easy and kid friendly! This was the first vacation ever where I focused on finding nourishing food so that I could ultimately feel great and enjoy every moment with my family. Before we left I researched restaurants/stores in the area that served local, organic food. I only found one in Ruidoso and it was so fun finding it in advance and taking my family there to grab amazing quiche and wraps for a picnic at the park which ended up in a dip in a mountain stream! If you are ever in Ruidoso, you MUST visit The Wild Herb Market! I went twice while there. It’s a grocery store and a cafe, and it was wonderful!
All in all, I felt good about what we ate on vacation. We had a few splurges and there were several days that I felt “vegetable deficient”, however it was a great learning experience. Like anything else, more planning would have helped a ton! Lisa Leake wrote a wonderful post about tips for real food on trips:
I truly enjoyed my family and embraced every moment of this trip. My children are everything to me. And they are the reason I started this journey in the first place. I want to be there for them as long as I can, to see them learn and grow. And I want to help them develop a taste for food from the earth so that they can grow up healthy and strong. I love them more than life!
I hope you are having a great week! Take your family out to Chipotle this week to celebrate the first American restaurant chain to post their ingredients list AND label all GMO’s!