Before we even left Murrieta for Monterey Bay, I packed more than changes of clothes and our swimsuits. I started by packing the cooler with healthy snacks for the drive and almond milk for my coffee and for our oatmeal. We also made sure to pack anything we might need for exercising—helmets and gloves for biking and my running gear for a long run along the coast.
As I have shared in previous blogs, we love food and most of our fondest memories are surrounded by the amazing food we have experienced. I am not going to lie to you—I planned to eat and experience amazing cuisine on this trip. I was just going to make better choices, so I wouldn’t end up paying for it later. In order to illustrate what I mean by good choices, I will share what we ate the day we drove up to Monterey. Because we left the house so early, I didn’t have time to work out. This meant I was going to need to make extra good choices on this day. Here is what we ate:
For breakfast we stopped at McDonald’s where instead of eating an Egg McMuffin and hash browns, we had their oatmeal cup and added our own bananas and almond milk from the cooler. For those of you that have never had almond milk, this is an amazing substitute for milk. Even non-fat skim milk has about 100 calories per cup. The almond milk has 40 calories for the same serving size, and it tastes much creamier than the watered down tasting skim milk. I even use it in my coffee instead of creamer.
You only live once…so make it a healthy one but remember to enjoy life to the fullest.