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Healthy Travel Snacks

Cleaning the Microwave the All-Natural Way

Healthy Travel Snacks

Packing snacks for a trip is non-negotiable with me. I always travel with food! You never know when you are going to be stuck on a plane or in a terminal for who knows how long. This weekend I’m going on a short trip and the flight is pretty short. If I was going on a longer trip or flight with multiple connections I would pack A LOT more.

Anyways, on to the food and beer!

Healthy Travel Snacks

Here’s what I’m taking for this trip.

This trail mix will come in handy on flights and also when in the hotel room. It has almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, raisins, coconut, and of course just a few dark chocolate bits.

My other go-to travel snacks are Justin’s almond butter individual packs, granola bars, apples, crackers (I’ll put these in a Tupperware or baggy), ginger chews to help with motion sickness, and tea bags. It is usually pretty easy to find hot water in a food court or you can ask the flight attendant. I might bring my own thermos if I have room. I also always bring a refillable water bottle to fill once I’m through security. I will pack about half of these snacks in my suitcase so I’ll have some food for the trip home.

Happy Travels!

Farmers’ Market

Farmers’ Market

This time of year we do the bulk of our grocery shopping at the Farmers’ Market. I love it! It feels so good to support local farmers and the produce typically tastes better than the produce that has been sitting in the supermarket for who knows how long. This is what we picked up last weekend. Everything looked so fresh and delicious I just had to capture it (well actually Derek took the pictures. Thanks Derek!)

We got:

Brussels sprouts, beets, bell peppers, watermelon, cantaloupe, broccoli, carrots, red onions, eggs, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, nectarines, kale (two types), eggs, pork tenderloin, a whole chicken, and chicken thighs. Oh and I can’t forget the dog treats that smell like banana bread (spoiled dogs).

A few of the things that have resulted from this trip so far are:

  • steamed broccoli
  • roasted brussels sprouts
  • eggs for breakfast and hard boiled eggs for snacks
  • Shutterbean’s Masala Kale Chips (so good!)
  • From the whole chicken – we roasted it and used the chicken for Lentil-Chicken Soup (this recipe is a definite keeper!) and chicken enchiladas. We also made chicken stock from the bones.
  • Beets, carrots, and fruit have been used up in smoothies
  • If you have a Farmers’ Market in your area, please go support it!

    Cleaning the Microwave

    Cleaning the Microwave the All-Natural Way

    We were harboring a dirty secret in our house for awhile – our microwave was disgusting! I am not one that loves cleaning and the microwave is always very low on the chore list. Well today I decided to tackle it. I was inspired by a rock hard lemon at the bottom of our fruit bowl that was long forgotten. I knew the crusted on gunk would be a pain to scrub off but I’ve found microwaving a cut up lemon in a bowl of water makes the crusty bits easy to wipe off. I microwaved the bowl for about 7 minutes and then let it sit and steam for awhile (or I forgot about it for about 20 minutes). Then I just took a sponge and wiped it down. I’ll let the pictures show the difference. Much better and no harsh chemicals needed! Plus I then threw the softened lemons down the garbage disposal which helps dissipate any nasty smells coming from your sink. Cleaning with natural products for the win!