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8/17/13 7:20 P

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Had a few road trips lately. Did not pack lunches.

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8/7/13 8:17 P

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You guys are great! I love the water bottle ice trick. And the warmed up muffins on the dashboard. We are going to Utah for the Salt Flat races. It's going to be hot so those are both perfect tips! Our plan is to hit up a grocery store on the way out and stock up on eats. My healthy eating falls into us saving $ so that really helps too!

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8/7/13 2:51 P

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W hardly ever eat out when we're on vacation; we'd rather hit the supermarkets or health food stores and get something that's out of the ordinary to make it a little more special for us and we always stay at a hotel that has a kitchen or at least a fridge and microwave. That's great that you have a camper with a kitchen!

I do have a clever little trick: we'll buy fig bars, muffins, scones, cookies, something like that, and put them on the dashboard on a warm day and after a little while they taste like they just came out of the oven! Of course, that's only safe with something non-perishable. But on a hot summer day we even used the dashboard to heat up pizza--just took about 15 minutes!

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8/7/13 9:13 A

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We always, always, always pack lunches for road trips!! We do it because we have 4 kids and eating out is not only expensive, but frustrating when you have 6 people that want 6 different things for lunch!

One cooler for beverages is a must for us. We all drink a ton of water, and it seems that they go through it even faster when it's bottled and we're on the road. We usually buy a case of water, dump a little out of each bottle, and freeze them so we have ice for the coolers - less messy than bagged ice when it melts, and doesn't waste any space in the cooler because you can drink them when they're melted!

The other cooler is usually filled with fresh fruits and prepared veggies (peeled, cut carrots, green, red, & yellow pepper strips, peeled, cut apples, Cuties - easier to peel than oranges), string cheese (or a block of cheese and a knife) and crackers, yogurt, sandwiches, beef jerky, trail mix, granola bars....the goal for us is to have something on hand if you want a snack. It's too easy to stop at a gas station and buy a bunch of candy bars and bags of chips.

Lunch is usually a sandwich, a fruit, and some chips. I might bring them a juice or soda for lunch just so they have something special for our break. Lunch is always at a roadside park where we can all get out and stretch our muscles and run around a bit.

Oh, and gum! I love chewing gum. I'm alergic to aspertame, so it's usually Chiclets, but whatever it might be, chewing gum always helps curb the need to snack while I'm riding.

I hope you found something useful in my rambling :) Have a wonderful vacation - remember, vacation is about relaxing and enjoying yourself - don't make it too much work!



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8/7/13 7:16 A

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I have bananas, apples, bought fresh ripe peaches once I arrived here.
I fixed a killer black bean salad: black beans, frozen tropical fruit, green onion, cumin, chili powder. And brought a bag of spinach to serve it on. I just don't mix it in ahead of time. The fruit melts slowly, mixes with the seasoning and it's delicious by the time I'm ready to eat it.

I also have made up individual packets of nuts and dried fruit.

Are you bothered by sprouted grain Ezekial bread? The make up of the grain seed switches over to vegetable after it sprouts, If that's a possibility? then some nut butter is a staple for me, whether I put it on a sprouted grain muffin, bread, or

millet and flax wraps or crackers.

tortilla wraps toasted with gouda cheese

Many drive thrus now do salads, and if you have the other things along I've mentioned, you can make a pretty decent meal with their basic boring salad.

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8/7/13 12:21 A

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We are headed on vacation in a few days. I have the luxury of a camper with a kitchen, but this is my first big road trip with knowingly being gluten intolerant. I have to be conscious of bringing food because I can't easily order at many drive-thrus. I have decided to eat as similarly as I can to what I make at home. I am essentially packing a lot of lunches. What do you guys do for lunches on vacation?

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