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Travel Much? – 3 Tips to Help You Stay on Track on the Road

These last 2 weeks of August have been full of traveling! I love to travel, I like exploring new places, meeting new people and seeing the world. Lately the travel has been more work related, so there hasn’t really been an element of relaxation to it, but it’s still VERY fun!!

Travel has it’s share of challenges, one of which is food/eating. It can be difficult to make good choices or find food to eat when you are restricted to restaurants and eating out. Some struggle with this more than others, and I wanted to share with you my travel tips and tricks that help me stay on track!

1) I always make sure to bring workout clothes and get exercise in while I am traveling. I am to the point now where if I don’t exercise at least a little bit, I get cranky and don’t feel like myself. Even if you are not to that point yet, exercising while on the road will help you feel better and more energized during the trip. Try it out – I know you will see a difference!

2) Pack some food/snacks to bring with you!
I have a few staples that I like to bring with me while I am traveling and most of them are easy recipes that I make at home. One of my favorites is the one that I will share with you today: Blueberry Protein Muffins!

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finished product!

This recipe was adapted from The Betty Rocker ☺️

I made the vegan version of these muffins because I didn’t have any eggs. You can sub eggs for the chia seeds and coconut milk if you wish.  For this trip since my husband is with me, I doubled the recipe.

INGREDIENTS — *yield is 6 muffins, 2 muffins per serving*
1.5 T Chia seeds
3/4 cup Coconut Milk (unsweetened from carton, not can)
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 scoop protein powder (I used vanilla, plain also works well)
1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
1 Tsp Cardamom
1/2 Tsp baking powder
1/3 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.  Line muffin tin with 6 muffin liners
2. Measure out 3/4 cup coconut milk and add in 1.5 T chia seeds. Let chia seed soak 10-15 mins to absorb the liquid.
3. Mix lemon juice, coconut flour, chia/milk mixture, protein powder, maple syrup and baking powder until no clumps remain. Gently fold in blueberries.
3. Batter is very thick! Spoon evenly into 6 muffin tins – they are very full! (muffins don’t rise much)
4. Bake for 25-30 mins (depending on your oven) until the tops are browned and toothpick inserted into the middle of the muffin comes out clean.
5. Portion out and enjoy!  — you can refrigerate if you want to. If you are going to be consuming within a few days, no need to refrigerate.

Here are the pics from me making the recipe!

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Muffin liners ready to go!DSC01072

Chia seeds mixed in with coconut milk (be sure to stir!
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Lemon juice squeezed (I removed seeds before proceeding)

DSC01079What chia mixture should look like after soaking

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Coconut flour I used (Costco find!DSC01083All ingredients ready to be mixed together (minus the maple syrup)

DSC01085Here is what the dough looks like
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Ready to fold in blueberries!DSC01087

Here is half of the muffins ready to go into the ovenDSC01088

Before being bakedDSC01097

After being baked and ready to eat!! (could have let them brown more, but I was kinda rushing – haha)

MY FINAL TIP 
3) Hit up a grocery store RIGHT when you arrive. If you have a rental car then it is easy – google the nearest grocery store on your phone and head there. Otherwise if you are taking a taxi or another form of ground transport, then I usually will go straight to the hotel and then figure out what my options are there. Sometimes there is one in walking distance, a shuttle can take you, or you can take a taxi direct from the hotel.

Stay tuned for my post tomorrow about my trip to the grocery store that I took today once we arrived here in Santa Clara! I will show you what my favorite things to buy are and some super fun grocery finds!

XOXO
Stay sweet!

Sarah

 

Weekend Thoughts – Buy Local!

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Here in the PNW (Pacific Northwest), summer is known for the farmer’s markets that pop-up in almost every city. Obviously the most famous is the Pike Place Market that exploded into much more than a farmer’s market. It’s a huge tourist attraction but also home to some of the best artisan food in the Seattle area.  Summer is the best time here in the PNW to hit up the farmer’s markets because this time of year is when we have the MOST locally available produce!! If you look at this CHART  you can see the veggies that are available by season in the PNW, and this CHART will show you the fruit available by season in the PNW.
Looking at those, you can see why I go CRAZY in the produce section in the summer time!

I digress… you don’t have to go to a massive farmer’s market to find great, locally produced food. The smaller farmer’s markets have great products and items, and meeting the people who produce food locally and make a living off growing healthy, organic produce for us to eat is the best part!! (and what inspired me to write this post)

You may think, why does it matter where my food comes from? Well, let me give you a few reasons…

What are the advantages to buying locally produced food??  

1) stay connected to the seasons
This is a pretty obvious one, but if you are eating locally produced food, that means that you will be eating what is available and in season in your area. For example, here in the PNW, in the winter time you won’t find any locally produced stone fruit (i.e: peaches, nectarines etc)
2) support independent farmers and food artisans 
3) put a face behind the product
This is always fun, but my most favorite to date was a lady I met who was selling her farm fresh, pastured eggs. I thought it said “pasteurized” not pastured and I was so confused. So we had a great convo and I got to learn all about her chickens and they way they are raised etc. And let me tell you, those were some of the BEST eggs I’ve ever eaten!
4) discover unique and heirloom varieties
This has to be one of my favorites. When seeking out local produce, I have found some of the most unique food varieties that are delicious! Had I stuck to the regular grocery store, I probably would have never tried them.
5) get the freshest produce available!
hello, who doesn’t want the freshest produce? it tastes so much better and the shorter the time between farm and your table, the less likely it is that nutrients will be lost. Food imported from far away is older and it has traveled on trucks and/or planes & also sat in warehouses before we ever even see it
6) build local communities
by supporting food that comes from our local community, we invest in our future & ensure that there will be a next generation of farmers.
7) cost effective
purchasing locally produced food can save you some $$$. If the food isn’t traveling very far, then we aren’t paying for all this shipping and transport. Sometimes it is a little more expensive to buy organic or locally grown, but when you think about the value you are getting for the quality of the food you are purchasing, it is usually worth it. All the locally produced food that we have purchased tastes so much better that it’s worth buying.

So you may think — “I wanna try out this locally produced food but I don’t have a farmer’s market in my area,” or “the farmer’s market in my area has horrible hours,” or “it’s not convenient for me to go out of my way to try the local food”… well I have good news for you!!

many grocery stores and health food stores are now telling you where the produce is coming from. I know that Kroger stores is letting you know what produce is local, and I have also seen that Whole Foods is putting up signs to indicate which products are locally produced. ALSO – for ultimate convenience, you can try a DELIVERY SERVICE! Yes, you read that right. A delivery service! This is so cool! Seriously! There are companies that will DELIVER – ORGANIC & LOCAL PRODUCE to your front door! So, so, so convenient!
There are several companies that do this in the PNW, and I have only tried one – FULL CIRCLE. Full Circle delivers to Washington, Idaho, Alaska and California. The produce is always good & you can customize your box every week. This is a super fun, easy & convenient way to try new kinds of produce and ensure you are eating healthy each week!

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