The Healthy Road Trip – What’s in the Bag?

Hey guys!

Just wanted to check in and say that I’m rootin’ for ya this week as you do those bodyweight workouts, and stick to your healthy eats. I workin’ it with ya…just a big sweat ball over here!
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So…how’s it going?
Have you tried the Burn It workout yet? What did you think?

It’s Wednesday, and right now as this post goes up we are probably on the road in the middle of nowhere heading towards the border to do our vehicle paperwork. Fun stuff.

I can’t lie though, I do like road trips. They mean lots of quality time with the hubby, a chance to do some good reading, listen to some great music, kind of like forced relaxation. Which I need…just ask my husband. 🙂

One thing I always pack for a road trip is my “food bag.”image

It’s like this mysterious, bag that sits on the floor in the front of the truck, and only I know what’s in it. My husband treats it like the treasure box you get to pick out of at the dentist’s office…”should I choose the trail mix, or the apple, or the protein bar, or ALL three. Yes..that is usually his choice.

Today I’m going to share with you some of my “road trip” staples, that always make it into that priceless bag.

The Road Trip Bag of Healthy Treasure

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First of all, how cute is that bag? My MIL gave it to me. LOVE it.

1. A Healthy Breakfast: Often we are on the road for days at a time, and I like to pack something for the first meal of the day that is hearty, filling, and full of nutrients and requires basically nothing to prepare. This trip I’ve packed some “unoatmeal” as we call it.image

It’s a mix of ground flax seed, chia seed, coconut, vanilla pea protein powder, and cinnamon. All you do portion it out, add hot water, let sit for a few minutes and you have breakfast! Just add water…yep, you can get water anywhere, easy peasy.

2. Fruit & Veggies: Fresh fruit and veg make great snacks on the road. Prep them ahead of time by washing them and packing ziploc bags of whatever you have on hand. My personal favorites: carrot sticks, snap peas, celery, apples, orange slices, grapefruit slices, and pears.image

3. Nut Butter: Just bring a spoon…not exactly, but it is good that way too. I like to pack a small jar of almond, or sunflower butter when we travel because it turns a simple little snack like apple slices, into a balanced, protein, healthy fats, and carb powerhouse.image

Plus…what’s not to love about a scoop of nut butter on your “healthy portable breakfast.” Or, bring a loaf of whole wheat bread and make nut butter, and apple slice sandwiches. So, many things you can do with nut butter…that’s why it makes it into the bag every.single.time.

4. Healthy Snack Foods: If you have many hours on the road ahead you know that there is going to be the need for a snack…or two or three. 🙂

Some of my favorite road worthy snacks: nuts or seeds, a homemade trail mix (try walnuts, almonds, cranberries, cherries, blueberries, and sunflower seeds), protein bars or balls (new recipe coming on Friday!), pretzels, or crackers & string cheese.image

5. A French Press & Coffee When we travel we ALWAYS bring our french press.image

Why? Because coffee is expensive…a cup of coffee is easily over $2 and for two people $4 per day/6 days…it adds up FAST. While exploring new coffee shops is great fun, and one of our favorite things to do on trips…I’d like to save the visit for an afternoon latte…if ya know what I mean. 😉

So instead of paying through the nose I’ll grind some of our coffee from home, put it in an airtight container, and pack it with our press. Then wherever we stay all we need is hot water, and we have a delicious pot of coffee for two!

6. Tea You just never know when you are going to be cold and crave a hot cup of tea. Because of that I always throw in a few tea bags of my favorite varieties, along with a few VIA coffee packets in case of java emergencies.image

7. Plastic silverware & napkins Lets be honest, not all the food you’ll be eating on the road is finger food. I have found a simple plastic spoon to be more than helpful on several occasions. So…I always just throw a few knives, spoons, forks, and napkins in a little bag, just in case.

Your turn!
When you road trip do you pack a food bag? What are your road trip staples? Do you have any fabulous road trip breakfast or snack recipes I need to know about?

Come back Friday for a new snack recipe! Great for road trips, or for a day at home!

Have a great week,

~ Liesl

Eats & Fitness – 1.26

Happy Sunday! What’s your day been like?

This morning my intention was to go for a nice 4.5 mile run. But, I slept in. 🙂

Have I ever mentioned that I live in the mountains, and to get to a “flat (it still isn’t flat)” place to run the husband and I hike up 3/4 mile, and about 1,000 feet, and then hike down when we are done. It’s a good warm up. Maybe I’ll get my run in a little later this afternoon…or hit the home gym for a sweat sesh.

So I was thinking about the JSJ Challenge, and how we’ve gone through 4 weeks of lifestyle challenges, which I hope for many of you inspired goals, aspirations, and lifestyle changes leading towards a healthier and happier you. I hope you learned things about yourself, and exceeded your own expectations, and most of all I hope the challenge left you wanting more from your days, your fitness routine, your diet, and your life.

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I know I loved writing the challenges, and I kind of want it to keep going. Lucky for me, January 2014 has 5 weeks! Woot!! So…I’m thinking one more challenge for those who are up for it! Are you in?

And…Week 5’s Challenge is:

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Meal planning. I think you either love it or you hate it. There is no middle ground. But if you’ve never tried it, now is a great time to start.

There are several reasons why I love meal planning:

1. Saving money – If you have your meal plan ready it is so much easier to make a grocery list for the week of “just what you need” and stick to it.

2. Weekend prep – I usually sit down on Friday night or Saturday and meal plan for the upcoming week. Then on Sunday afternoon I can prep ahead of time as much of the week’s menu items as I want.

3. Keeping waste down – When I meal plan I organize the meals by what we have that needs to be used. Which really cuts down on the amount of food and leftovers we throw away.
For example: I had leftover brown rice in the fridge from last week. So I prepped the Chickpea masala burgers with brown rice, to use it up.

4. That “organized” feeling – I like going into my day knowing roughly how much time I’ll be spending in the kitchen. It helps me get more done in other areas of my life. Major yah for a clean house, efficient work hours, and time to get a good workout in.

Need some healthy snack ideas?

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Lemon Herb Hummus w/ Veg

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Raw Chia Seed Bars

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Gingerbread Power Bars

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Smoothies

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Fruit & Nuts

Also, check out my recipe page for more ideas!

Here’s an idea what my meal and fitness plan looks like for the week:

Meal Ideas:

Chickpea Masala Burgers (made a big batch and put some in the freezer)
Vegetarian Quinoa Chili
Beef Stir Fry
Roasted Veg & Grain Salad
Cauliflower Crusted Pizza – been wanting to try this for awhile.

Tentative Fitness Plan:

Monday – Strength – Total Body + HIIT
Tuesday – Run day – 4 miles
Wednesday – Strength Lower body + Plank Burner
Thursday – Run day – speedwork
Friday – Rest or yoga
Saturday – Jumpstart January Workout + Arm burner
Sunday – Run day – 5miles

Does meal planning scare you? Why or why not? Do you consider yourself and organized and efficient person? Why or why not?

See ya tomorrow with a easy weeknight supper recipe!

~ Liesl

Lemon & Fresh Herb Hummus

There’s a lot going on right now, with having a few house guests, and working on team projects.

So, I thought, I’d leave you with a little hummus recipe to spice up your snack routine! This hummus is super easy to make and tastes SO fresh. Spread it on a slice of homemade bread and stack veggies + a few slabs of tofu for a vegetarian sandwich, or eat with veggies, pita chips, or pretzels for a killer of a healthy snack.

Lemon & Fresh Herb Hummus

3 cups chickpeas, canned or fresh is fine (reserve about 6 Tbsp of bean water)
2 cloves garlic
1 Tbsp tahini (*a sesame seed paste found in health food stores)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp Braggs liquid aminos (or low sodium soy or tamari sauce)
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Handful of fresh herbs: I used chives, basil, and parsley – however feel free to use whatever herbs you may have on hand
Reserved bean water
Salt & pepper to taste

In the bowl of your food processor combine the chickpeas, garlic, tahini, olive oil, braggs, and lemon juice. Blend well.
Next add the handful of fresh herbs, no need for chopping just throw them in there, and blend.

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Through the top shoot of your food processor add the bean water by tablespoonful until your hummus reaches desired consistency. Ideally I would have added probably another tablespoon of bean water, but I was in a hurry…so my hummus is a little thicker than I normally would like, but it still tastes amazing.

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Finally, taste…add salt and pepper to your liking, or if you’d like your hummus with a little “kick” add a touch of cayenne.

Enjoy!!

Also, just wanted to check in and see how everyone was doing with Week 3 of the JSJ Challenge?

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I’ve noticed that I’m lacking in the protein department…which I actually already was aware of. Also, I’d like my healthy fats to be riding side-car to my protein, meaning less consumption percentage-wise, but all in good time. 🙂

And I know it’s only Tuesday morning, so it’s a little early to tell for the week, but I am killing it in the fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Calcium departments! Who knew? Cool.
However, my potassium intake is a little lower than I’d like, and my iron could need some work, so I guess I need to start chowing some more leafy greens, which is one thing we seriously lack access to out here in the middle of nowhere.

Either way, I’m enjoying seeing how things add up, and can’t wait to make a full assessment for you guys on the weekend!!

Who’s been keeping a food and fitness journal? What have you learned about your eating habits so far? What workouts have you been loving this week?

Write me and let me know how it’s going!!
Also, if you are looking for a quick 30 minute bodyweight workout for today’s fitness, try this one!

Later,
~ Liesl