And coming to an end in 10 days, but who’s counting????!!
So we were in Minnesota celebrating Hbear’s 13th birthday and attending a Kreisel family reunion. It was a super packed weekend, and a lot of fun. But we still had to eat. Away from home. This is extremely difficult when you are valiantly attempting to follow a plan like OPENutrition. Particularly in teeny tiny Midwestern towns where everyone is appalled that you can’t eat sweet corn!
At least we could drink black coffee in Kevin’s parents’ awesome vintage mugs.
Our general plan of attack was to EAT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE whenever we could get our hands on paleo-friendly foods. It was nice to have a good meal at Brasa in the cities after we got off the plan. Type “paleo” into your Yelp app. It works!
Other than that, whenever we were driving between family activities, we would stop somewhere for a salad. This was probably the best one from Winona Sandwich Company. We did a BYO with buffalo chicken, guac, and bacon. Only problem is that I could’ve eaten like three of those. Kevin and I are going to have to start ordering for an imaginary friend.
Did you know chopped salads at Subway were a thing? THEY ARE? And they’re really good. I ate them several times as snacks. I want to get one of those little salad chopper things for my house!
I did pick up some sweet potatoes at Wal-Mart (haha) and we had some jalapeño paleo-friendly sausages that we got in the cities from Trader Joe’s. So I would cook that whenever possible as well. It’s a little more complicated when you don’t have your own kitchen, and you don’t want to be rude!!!
I didn’t eat the Hamburger Helper. I just had some really nice memories about it. I would have smelled it if I could’ve! I used to eat this stuff on two pieces of bread!!! YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That and Kraft mac ‘n’ cheese. It doesn’t get better than those two boxes of processed goodness!!!
When I wasn’t eating or thinking about eating, I was painting some pottery at Color Me Mine with my sisters!!!!! No resemblance, am I right???
WAIT! If you know me, you know that’s totally not true. Kevin and my mom painted my piece!!! Haha. I only have so much patience, people! Even though I tried to choose the easiest thing! And have you seen my thumbs??? Lol. We had fun.
YAY! Never has an iceberg salad tasted soo good.
We ate in Red Wing at the Smokin’ Oak on the way home, and we were starving!!! That was probably my worst ordering experience to date. Luckily, our server was really sweet. It was just like — yeah, no fries. No bread. No sides. I don’t care if it comes with the meal. Just water. And can we sub a salad? Kevin just let me struggle through it and then said,”I’ll have the exact same.” Haha. We’re a team!!!!!!!!!!
For my efforts, I got to have some meat topped with meat!! Lol. Brisket on a burger. It was really good.
Our gate on the return flight was MERCILESSLY NEXT TO DQ!! It only feels right to have a blizzard while in Minnesota. I consoled myself with Cinnamon Roobios tea from Caribou which I had to walk about a half a mile to get!! Haha. Can you tell what book I’m reading? I can’t believe it says I hate running right where you can see it. Rude.
So there you have it! We’re back home where the Whole Foods, Sprouts, TenderBelly bacon, and Tessemae’s are plentiful. Only 10 more days to power through. It wasn’t perfect or easy, but we did our best!! Practical Paleo talks a lot about “good, better, and best” options. A lot of our options probably fell more along the lines of “okay”, but we tried! For example: do you think the meat in those salads was grass-fed? I seriously doubt it. Haha. But that’s just not available in small towns. It made me appreciate living in Denver for all those types of options we have available!
Have you ever been on a special diet while traveling? I know vegans & vegetarians have this issue and handle it with considerably less whining.
Do you like Hamburger Helper?? I always loved the lasagna and Zesty Italian flavors.