Meal Planning for Off Weeks

This week I do not have a meal guide for you because tomorrow morning I leave for Minnesota to visit my new niece for five days. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share how I approach meal planning on weeks I’ll be away and not get stressed about food at my destination.

Blake won’t be traveling with me, so on Sunday we did stop at the store to get a few basics for him and food for Sunday dinner. I didn’t plan on making dinner on Monday because I knew it was going to be a busy day and I just didn’t feel like cooking the night before I left. We have a couple amazing food trucks near us, so we’ll either pick up burritos or halal chicken and rice (my favorite) for dinner tonight.

I wanted to keep things simple on Sunday night and have some food leftover for Blake during the week, so I picked up a rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods. It’s much cheaper to roast your own chicken (and it tastes better and is super easy), but again I wasn’t in the mood to do a bunch of cooking this week, so the rotisserie chicken did the trick. I paired it with a mix of brown and wild rice and a simple salad with all the veggies we needed to finish up – mixed greens, apple, celery, parsley, avocado, shaved parmesan cheese – and a dressing I whipped up of olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, dijon, salt and pepper. Now Blake has some chicken he can add to lunch or dinner throughout the week.

The rest of the week I will be with my brother and sister-in-law, and I have no clue what the plan will be. In the past, that would have caused a lot more anxiety because I needed a sense of control, but now that I am more in tune with my body and practice intuitive eating, I know that my body leads, not the clock. Since my sister-in-law is still recovering, I assume I’ll be helping out with cooking, which I enjoy. I’m not bringing much with me, except a couple granola bars and some collagen because I know I can always drive to the store and get anything I need. I will probably evaluate what they have and then head to the store and pick up a couple things if needed.

I think it’s completely fine to bring food with you on a trip/visit, especially if you won’t have access to a store. The purpose of bringing snacks or other food along isn’t to replace what’s available (which I would have done in the past), but so you don’t get stuck in a situation where you’re hungry and there isn’t food around. There’s nothing worse than being hungry on a trip, and not being able to enjoy what’s going on around you. Some foods you could bring along that are easy to pack and keep well are granola bars, trail mix, nut butter packets, dried fruit, instant oatmeal, chocolate, muffins, cookies, crackers, and granola.

What foods do you like to bring on a trip?

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