Thursday, July 27, 2006

Road Food

We're heading out for a little summer vacation today, and I'm too excited to sleep! So here I am at 4am preparing a few healthy snacks to take along.

I've been working on creating healthy bars and cookies that shmoo will eat but that are also Eat To Live-friendly for me, meaning no white flour, sugar, oil, or salt.

Here are our two favorites so far: Fruit & Nut Bars made with spelt, oats, raisins, apricots, and walnuts, and Banana Oatmeal Cookies, made with oats, bananas, sunflower seeds, and dates.

We don't like to eat out more than once a day when we're on vacation (too many other things to see and do), so I'll be packing a big cooler with these cookies & bars, plus tons of fresh fruit, veggie sticks, hummus, sandwiches, crackers, juices, and a jar of almond butter.

We're off! I'll probably fall asleep as soon as we hit the road....

31 comments:

the.victoria said...

jennifer...

i seem to be in a sandwich rut. would you mind sharing a few ideas?

thanks!

~V

LadyRachelLynn said...

You go girl! Have fun.

V- I have a few sandwich recipes on my blog, in case your interested.

Those cookies look good.

Vivacious Vegan said...

Have a great trip! Can't wait to try your E2L cookies. I've just picked up this book and am reading through it. I like how he says you can't do it half-assed. You have to fully make the commitment. And, obviously, he's right. I made the commitment to be vegan. Why oh why do I find it so hard to kick the other crap out of my diet?

Ally said...

yummy :)

i want to make the banana oatmeal cookies!

Amy Jo said...

I'm thinkin' that you bought that plate at Target! I had green ones! I can't wait to try your fruit and nut bars.

KleoPatra said...

Looks yummy, Jennifer! Have a safe journey.

funwithyourfood said...

I hope you fall asleep as soon as you hit the road. FOUR AM ekk that's too early!

Teddy

vegineer said...

have fun!

i totally want to do a road trip before the summer ends. i live in vancouver (canada), and i want to head into the okanagan- tons of fresh fruit. i can see it now- cruising along, feet up on the dash, checking out the beautiful scenery as i eat a whole bag of fresh cherries!

Mary said...

Yay for road trips! Hope you aren't gone too long because we will miss you! I can't wait to try making your cookies!

Nicki Baker said...

those look yummy!

hyphen_helena said...

Thanks for the recipes, Jennifer! Have a great time on your trip!

Urban Vegan said...

you are a saint--and a vegan saint, at that!

MommaSchell said...

I just came home this evening from a marvelous camping trip just outside of Santa Cruz, CA -- the mecca of veg*nism... Any one who is a veg*n should make a trip there someday...IMHO AW - had a blast -- especially savoring the much cooler temps from the blistering heat the rest of the state has been experiencing and taking in the beauty of nature and all of the tremendously delicious veg food! We started driving thru the night at about 2:30 a.m. so we could get thru the Central Valley to bypass the heat as we drove thru the state. We took the cooler, too, but we were blessed with the many fine natural foods stores, restaurants and farmers' markets with tons of organic produce in the area, so we didn't have to take too much. We had to make a trip to Dharma's and once to the Saturn Cafe. It's way too hot to prepare anything in an oven - much less prepare anything at all - so I had to be lazy and enjoy all of the yummy goodies at Staff of Life market in SC. My fave this time was the vanilla soy tapioca in the deli sweetened with chicory root syrup (inulin.) Fantastic and did not give me a sugar "bounce." Yum! Hope that you have a great trip, Jennifer...!

Vicki said...

you do vacation just like us -- a packed cooler. only difference is that i'm not up making cookies @ 4 am the night before -- i just lay in bed awake being excited. have fun! :o)

Melissa West said...

Thanks for the recipes! Can't wait to try them!

Meredith said...

I'm 25 years old, but can I just say...I wish you were my mom.

Last_Train_For_Home said...

"Meredith said...
I'm 25 years old, but can I just say...I wish you were my mom."
....


I say the same, but i'm 18

raising_kahne said...

Have fun! We just got back from camping, and I must say, as far as food goes it wasnt that exciting. We didnt have much room in the coolers, so most of my foods were canned organic soups. Which were good, but not awesome. I wish I would have read your article about camping before we went! Oh well, Ill know next time! Also, do you make your own hummus?? And if you do, do you mind sharing the recipe?

~~ Melissa said...

Your road trip food sounds so delicious. If my car ever breaks down, I hope you and your cooler show up as the rescue unit! ;-)

Sheri said...

I just wanted to say thanks for the blog. It's fantastic and inspirational to vegans and vegetarians everywhere. Have a safe journey.

Heather Lynn said...

Hello, We are hitting the road next week, I think I will make these. :) I do have a question for you though, my so will be starting first grade next year and I am going to order the laptop lunchbox. I was wondering if you son took his box in the outer case too, It looks a little big, or is it a good size for him. Thanks - Heather

Matt Mustapick said...

Next month my boyfriend and I are setting off for 4 weeks in Bosnia, Serbia, and Croatia. Very exciting... but I have more than a little trepidation as far as being vegan. I'm a super committed vegan here at home, for many years... but I'm considering eating a little bit of dairy while I'm abroad. I'll bring some luna bars, and look for farmer's markets while we're there... but this is a place where the national dish is "lamb stuffed with lard"!!!!! I'd love to hear comments from other international-traveller vegans.
xo

R2K said...

I cant wait for back to school!

vegan heaven said...

the fruit and nut bars look great! i'm going to make a batch of these to take to class with me when school starts again in the fall.

Jennifershmoo said...

>>I was wondering if you son took his box in the outer case too, It looks a little big, or is it a good size for him.

Hi, Heather Lynn -- Do you mean the insulated carrying case with a handle? Yes, I always pack his lunch box in the case, usually along with an ice pack or frozen water bottle. It hasn't been too big for him to carry. He can also fit the whole carrying case into his backpack. Hope that helps!

Heather Lynn said...

That IS what I meant, THANKS. That does help, I was wondering if it would fit in my son's backpack. Thanks again, Heather

Val said...

Have you ever used Lorna Sass cookbooks? She is one of my favorite all time Vegan cooks (although she has nonveggie cookbooks as well). Her baked goods are the best I have ever had when it comes to vegan cooking. If you haven't, I would say check it out!

Looking forward to adding some of your recipes to my favs as well.

Val

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