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Traveling, Munching and Moving

by caroline

Yesterday was a traveling day for me as I headed back to Dayton from Pittsburgh. It was so nice to spend the week at home, and cook and bake yummy things for my family, like lentil burgers, basil verde pasta and lemon cookie ice cream sandwiches. (Hungry just thinking about it!)

But back to Dayton it was, which meant packing up a little lunch and snacks for my mid-afternoon travels. My mommy helped me put together a few things, packing them in this nifty little BPC cooler that comes with the Blue Print Cleanse drinks I love so much.

I have learned the hard way that packing a lunch and/or snacks while traveling is a necessity. Every time I decide to just wing it — whether it's in a car or on a plane — I end up miserable because I am hungry and can't find reasonable gluten-free options on the road. Sure, there are some out there, but I would rather be prepared than a grumpy grouch traveler.

Yesterday, I had already had a produce-heavy morning (including a Green Monster) and a tough run, so I decided to carb-it-up for the car. I packed a tuna sandwich with cucumbers, celery and honey mustard on Rudi's Gluten-Free Multigrain Bread, Back To Nature Gluten Free Rice Thin Multi Seed Crackers with peanut butter for dipping and Babybel cheese as another pairing option, 1/2 of one of these sugar cookies (I ate the other half the night before), 2 mini York Peppermint Patties leftover from Easter and there are apple slices in there … somewhere. Just as we were done packing my mom had a wonderful idea to pack me a bag of popcorn — great for those moments of driving when you need something crunchy!

Dan and I travel in the car a lot, so I have a pretty tried-and-true list of travel foods that I rely on, including LARABARs, cut vegetables, smoothies in a to-go cup, peanut butter and banana sandwiches, homemade trail mix, hummus and crackers, Blow Pops and more.

Another traveling companion I have learned to love are audio books. I used to be completely against these guys, choosing instead to never abandon my love for flipping through the pages of a real, live, tangible book. I still would never trade holding a book in my hands for any other way of reading a book, whether it be on my iPad or on a CD. But after working at Penguin Group (when I lived in New York City) and getting my hands on a few audio books, I learned they are great way to enjoy traveling. They are an especially nice treat when I am driving alone and have to keep both hands on the wheel (duh).

Yesterday's choice was Emily Giffin's Heart of the Matter. I love the way she writes and it was a wonderful book to listen to while driving!

When I arrived to our (temporary) home in Dayton, Dan was putting together a dinner that was much needed in this girl's tummy. There was a wild sole fillet that was getting ready to get wrapped up in foil and steamed on the grill …

… roasted potatoes …

… and asparagus sauteed in olive oil.

Perfection!

It was so nice to see Dan and catch up over a lovely meal. When dinner was over, we shared a slice (OK, two!) of the cake my younger brother, Isaac, made and sent with me. (How sweet is he?) This kid is a whiz at whipping up Betty Crocker's Gluten-Free Cake Mix !

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Today's a busy day as we prepare to move from our friend's house into our new apartment tomorrow. I am excited to set up our new place, but not at all looking forward to moving more boxes. At least this time all of the boxes are packed and ready to go — all we have to do is get them in the truck!
 

Suggestions, please: What are your favorite traveling snacks?