Sunday, May 4, 2014

Healthy Eats on the Road

I took a personal day on Friday so that I could tag along with Jay on a work trip to Dallas.  We weren't there long, but I was able to fit in a beautiful run, a shopping excursion, and plenty of relaxation.  It was the perfect little refresher to help get me through these last few weeks of school!

I love traveling, but finding healthy food options away from home can be a challenge.  When you have to rely on restaurants for all of your meals, it's impossible to eat as healthy as if you were preparing food from scratch in your own kitchen.

I don't overly worry about what I eat when I'm out-of-town, but I do make an effort to keep my diet as normal as possible (although that certainly doesn't happen 100% of the time).  A lot of it is out of my control, so I just do the best I can!

I tried my best to photograph my meals and snacks over the last couple days so that I could share my healthy(ish) eating efforts with you.

Jay and I began the three hour drive immediately after work on Thursday, and we were both ready for a snack.  I had packed a couple things in my bag, but we stopped at a gas station about 45 minutes in for a few more items.  We ended up snacking on pretzel thins, Snapea crisps, sunflower seeds, fresh fruit, and bottled water for most of the ride.
We got into Dallas with just enough time to pick up some real dinner before the Thunder playoff game began (and what a game it was!).  Since we were in a hurry, we stopped at a Chipotle and ordered our usual - burrito bowls filled with brown rice, beans, sauteed veggies, all the salsas, lettuce, and tons of guac. 
Chipotle is my all-time favorite "fast-food" type restaurant because they offer fresh, real food.  They make an effort to use quality ingredients (organic and/or local when possible) and have concern for animal welfare and the environment.  

It was so nice to just be lazy and watch the game in bed with dinner and a beer.
On Saturday morning, I ventured down to the hotel lobby to check out their free breakfast.  I wasn't too thrilled with the options, but I did have a bowl of oatmeal and a half of a banana with coffee.  (Forgot to bring my camera down!)

The weather was absolutely GORGEOUS, so once Jay left for his games I took a 3.5 mile run around the area.  I loved all the paved trails that wove through the neighborhoods in Addison! I don't think I even so much as saw a car the entire time I was running.  
I went back to the hotel for a quick shower before heading to the mall for some shopping.  It didn't take long for me to become starving, so I took a break and sat down to lunch at a Corner Bakery.  I ordered a salad trio with kale, edamame, and pasta salads on the plate.  
After hitting up a couple more stores, I stopped again for a soy coffee frapuccino.  Shopping is hard work!
Once back at the hotel, I ate this delicious coconut cream pie Larabar for a snack while I relaxed for a bit. 
As soon as Jay was done working, we headed directly to a local patio and enjoyed a happy hour drink with some coworkers.  
Followed by dinner at a local Thai restaurant that received rave reviews on Urbanspoon. 

Our veggie roll appetizer was beautiful.  
For my entree, I ordered a spicy noodle dish with tofu that came recommended by the waitress.  It did not disappoint.
Saturday morning started with more oatmeal, coffee, and fruit. 
And then a softball game.  
The Cyclones picked up a great win in their final game of the season!

We stopped at Fuzzy's Tacos for some chips, salsa, guac, and veggie tacos and then hit the road. 
We arrived home with just enough time to shower and throw together a quick dinner before meeting friends to cheer on the Thunder in game 7.  Hooray for another win!
Even though we ate a healthy dinner at home, we couldn't help ordering some Parmesan garlic fries at the bar.  Probably not the healthiest way to end the day, but oh well.  

We have a family brunch to go to later this morning, but after that I'm looking forward to catching an afternoon spin class and stocking up on groceries.  While it is possible to eat healthy while traveling, nothing beats cooking at home!  

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