Whew! Can’t believe we have been traveling by car in the states for a month now! We celebrated the girls’ birthdays with family by the lake (picture above). It has been a great time of fellowship, good food and family time for us (please read our update at RO4Y.org), but I am getting a little road weary. Thankfully, we will be having some down time in between road trips and speaking at churches in AZ & Calif.
Let’s be honest, it isn’t always easy to eat healthy on road trips! But with some planning and searching on the internet… nowadays you can find awesome little co-ops that serve great meals, restaurants serving local delights and a Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods in just about every major city! But eating out can be a bit pricey for a family of 5… so what do we do?
First, we search for farmer’s markets and friends with gardens. We’ve been enjoying tons of fresh tomatoes straight from the gardens of my families and friends. Oh my… I honestly forgot how good a fresh, ripened tomato tasted. You don’t find that in Honduras. It has also been SO nice to be able to shop at REAL farmer’s markets and buy fresh produces from people who raise them… not from a couple old guys who buy boxes of commercial veggies in Tegucigalpa and spread them out on old tarps or sacks on the ground throughout the week. Yeah, that is my “farmer’s market” in Ojojona, Honduras. NOTHING like the farmer’s market we went to every Friday in Costa Rica… that was a HARD change for me and still is sometimes. But I am motivated to get several square-foot, raise bed gardens going when we get back. Jon and I would like to see that we grow our own veggies all year round, which is possible where we live! Pray that we succeed, for it is our goal to teach the locals too!
Second, we’ve been enjoying the opportunities to shop at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and local co-ops for our meals when possible. We don’t have that luxury in Honduras! A roasted chicken can go a long ways for us… I was even able to borrow a crock pot to make chicken soup with the leftover bones and meat! We’ve also been super blessed by friends who have farms and raise their own meat & eggs. Has anyone ever had lamb hamburgers?! Delicious! Especially with garden grown tomatoes and homemade mayo. One of my goals when we get back is to purchase two weaned lambs, raise them on our property and butcher them for meat. Has anybody done that?
Be Healthy On the Road!
Here are several things we have done to make our trip as frugal & wholesome as possible:
But that’s not all! You can make soups, sauces, dressings and flour with a Vitamix or Blendtec if you wanted be adventurous!
Raw Milk – This is a huge one for us! We recognize the need for a superfood like milk to sustain us during our travels. The girls have been having milk every night before going to bed to insure that they have a good night’s sleep. I noticed that Naomi’s skin, which is normally very dry & rough, has become softer and smoother since I started getting her to drink more milk. Praise the Lord!
The easiest way for us to find a source of fresh milk is through friends and word of mouth. You can also look on WAPF’s site for locations… that’s how I found a delicious milk source near Chicago.
Lacto-Fermented Veggies – A must have for good digestion! It is easy to feel bloated and yucky after sitting in the car for several hours with no physical activity, but we have found eating kraut has helped lessen that feeling. Lacto-ferments are also a rich source of vitamins and minerals along with abilities to protect our bodies from the daily pollution of everything.
If you decide to bring along some… make sure you put the jar in a ziplock bag to prevent the smells from getting into your butter and cheese! I learned that the hard way :o)
Snacks and More – We also make sure that we have a good supply of nuts (soaked and dehydrated), fresh veggies & fruit, sprouted bread, nut butter, raw honey, butter, raw cheese, dried fruit, coconut oil and a bag of chips with fresh salsa. I also like to have oatmeal (soaked for 24 hours) on hand for when we have opportunities to use a stove.
We’ve also been enjoying fresh, organic peaches & strawberries (YUM YUM!)… not something we can enjoy in Honduras due to the fact that they are on the Dirty Dozen list. I am looking forward to farmer’s market in California next week! I hope to enjoy some fresh veggies that we don’t normally have in Honduras… like artichokes!
What about you guys! What tips can you share with us to make a road trip wholesome and healthy??
Great post Mare! I’m glad you’ve found so many options for food along the way! You’re going to love water kefir once you make it. I like kombucha a more but water kefir only takes couple days to make where as kombucha takes me at least two weeks.
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Great tips Mare!
I’ve been doing many road trips in Europe and here in the US and I agree it is a challenge to find real food..However, as your post showed, it is not impossible to eat healthy on the road. We always bring blenders and a good camping kitchen. We also locate whole foods, Trader Joe’s and farmers markets…
I have to admit it does depend on the the length and type of trip for us but a staple is always the probiotics — so lacto-ferments, kefir (water and milk) and I usually like to buy kombucha on the road, as well as probiotics in tablet or powder form. When we’re staying with friends or family, I often find it harder to impose our ‘strange’ eating habits on them without making things uncomfortable or inconvenient but these types of things, I can keep in our room or at least out of the way and some good probiotics help digest the not so good food a lot quicker! But then again, I don’t think we’ve done as much travelling of the type you’re talking about as yet either (and we only have one kid as opposed to three)!