I just got home from an amazing birthday weekend. I have to say, if this year is any reflection of all the good times we celebrated over the last few days, 30 is going to be pretty darn cool. I am so grateful to my husband and the rest of the family for making this birthday one I will never forget. Look forward to a blog post of our activities coming soon. But for now, let’s focus on the food.
This month, Jenn from Peas and Crayons has us all excited about the yummy festive treats Halloween has to offer. October seems like the perfect time to eat pumpkin for breakfast, lunch and dinner. While I didn’t’ quite get the chance to fit it in to all of today’s meals, I was able to start my day off with a short stack of pumpkin pancakes smothered in butter and pure maple syrup. Yum!
Before heading home from our lovely mini-vacation, we made a stop at one of our favorite breakfast spots, Uncle Bill’s Pancake House. I couldn’t help but start with a refreshing ice tea on such a warm morning. My mom and I decided to split a short stack of pumpkin pancakes, a side of bacon and a veggie omelet (stuffed with spinach, onion, avocado and cheddar cheese). Everything was delicious! And the view wasn’t bad either…
After filling our bellies with quite the breakfast smorgasbord, we hit the road to run a few more errands. Whenever we are in LA we have a list of things we must do. One that tops the list is getting our nails done. Freddie and I have been going to the same nail salon for years so whenever we are in town we like to indulge in a little pampering. Before we knew it, a few hours had passed by and it was time for a snack. We ran across the street to Starbucks to pick up some munchies and an iced beverage.
While I was pregnant with Harper I got very familiar with this Cheese and Fruit Bistro Box. It’s a great snack to pick up on the go and always satisfies. Apparently Harper is still a fan because she pretty much ate all the cheese on her own. I was able to snag a few bites of the brie to eat with the apples and chomped on a few nuts. To wash it down, I decided to try a Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher, which I wasn’t too pleased with. However, Freddie enjoyed it to the last drop. Next time I’m sticking with my regular iced green tea.
After sitting on the freeway for over an hour in Sig Alert traffic, I was ready for some lunch. We needed something that was convenient and easy so we settled on Baja Fresh.
I just love these fish tacos. The fish is light and flakey, the cabbage gives it just enough crunch to make it interesting and of course, what taco isn’t complete without a few slices of fresh avocado. I paired it with a side salad and a few chips dipped in guacamole (not pictured).
I often find myself craving something sweet after such a flavorful lunch. So during our car ride I cracked open a package of these chewy mango snacks to tide me over until dinner.
They hit the spot and are by far the best dried mango I have ever had! I am officially hooked.
We didn’t quite make it home in time for dinner so we did a quick sit down at Souplantation.
I love nothing more than a huge salad packed with everything but the kitchen sink. I will throw pretty much anything in the mix as long as it qualifies as a fruit or vegetable. The sweet potato was a great addition to the meal as well. I actually ended up eating 3 more. I just can’t get enough of baked sweet potatoes.
Road trips are always fun but finding a way to eat healthy on the go can be rough. For the amount of running around we did today, I am pretty proud of most of my food choices. The fact that we were able to steer clear of fast food drive-thrus is a huge success. Thank God for smart phones and the ability to search for healthy and convenient restaurants in unfamiliar territory.
Now that we are home and settled and I am sitting at my computer typing up this post, I realized I needed one more yummy snack before I hit the hay. So I grabbed some of Harper’s dried fruit and shoved a few handfuls in my mouth for good measure.
Late Night Snack:
If you haven’t tried these amazing toddler snacks, you are missing out. This is a new flavor we picked up at Whole Foods this weekend but the Strawberry & Mango is fantastic too. I am pretty much obsessed with these things. And Harper likes them too (or at least that is what I am trying to convince my husband of so that I can continue to splurge on them at the grocery store…).
Your turn: What are some of your favorite spooky snacks and healthy Halloween treats? What are your tips for eating healthy on the road? Looking forward to reading your responses :)