It’s the week before Thanksgiving and unlike most of America, I’m traveling this week and not next. Why, you may ask?
We’re combining the holiday with a family vacation! Sea World here we come. 🙂
So, we’re loading up the Mazda and hitting the road.
For the fifteen hour trek, my car will have two adults, two boys, and one very active Pomeranian. Here’s his picture…isn’t he cute?!
Anyway, eating out is always hard when you’re Gluten-Free. Now that I’m watching my cholesterol too, it’s doubly fun.
So, here’s what I’m doing. Behind the front passenger’s seat is a cooler. It will be loaded with blueberries, grapes, pears, apples, sliced strawberries, low-fat cheese, carrots, celery, juice drinks, and strawberry/blueberry tea.
Behind the driver’s seat will be a bag with dried goods. In there, will be containers of pistachios, almonds, crackers, and chips. Just don’t tell my boys the chips are Veggie! 🙂
There’s no way we can get around stopping the car at least twice during the long haul from Virginia to Florida. We’ll need to purchase lunch and dinner. But, with our handy GPS, we’ll be able to locate restaurants that gluten-free friendly (even if the restaurants lack a true Gluten-Free menu).
But between meal breaks, the snacks are healthy. Or healthy-ish. 🙂 Since my boys–like most other children out there–don’t want solely healthy snacks, I’ve also made Fruity Pebbles and Rice Krispies Treats. (Shhh…don’t tell them there are vitamins in the Fruity Pebbles or that I made the Rice Krispies Treats from brown rice!)
Since ya’ll know I simply cannot abide a life devoid of chocolate, a bag semi-sweet morsels will be in the glove compartment of the car. Hey, they’re lower in saturated fat, but still rich in chocolaty goodness.
I’ll be back next week with my contribution to Thanksgiving dinner. How to have a traditional (sort of) dessert without sacrificing taste!