Preparing for a trip? (Or are you planning to spend 16 hours in the office writing syllabi and assignment calendars? *Ahem* Yes, I’m talking to YOU Kathleen.)
What are you going to eat when you’re away from your own kitchen for an extended amount of time? Or, what do you do when you’re under someone else’s roof, and are expected to eat someone else’s food?
First, be prepared. Pack your own food for the road trip and then for your stay. You may have to rely on some packaged food for convenience: Larabars, canned tuna fish, olives, jerky (Trader Joe’s has fantastic turkey jerky), unsweetened applesauce, almond butter (I’m partial now to Justin’s Nut Butter Packs because they keep me from returning repeatedly to the jar for another spoonful). Pack some green avocados (they’ll be ready to eat after a day or two) and hard boiled eggs. Prep yourself some packs of raw veggies like carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, zucchini, red/green pepper, and cherry tomatoes. Include some leftover roast or grilled chicken and deli meat. Cooked sweet potatoes/yams travel well also.
Also, once you get to where you’re going, be a presence in the kitchen. You can do like Bryan did when he traveled home last weekend: offer to prepare a meal for everyone rather than eat the pizza they propose. That way, you’re not only keeping it clean, you’re also setting an example and showing people you love that eating clean isn’t as difficult as it might seem.