It’s both a blessing and a curse to start the week exhausted. It’s a blessing, because it means that I had a kick ass weekend. And it’s a curse, because Monday comes along at the same time every week whether we like it or not.
So it’s Monday and I’m wiped. On Saturday, I went with my daughter and her gymnastics team to watch the Penn State gymnasts compete in a meet. It was crazy fun – those athletes are so freaking good! But it was also a challenging day that involved 6+ hours on a bus and two stops for food – one at Burger King and another at Panera. My takeaway – if you want to stay on Whole30 while eating out at most chain restaurants, prepare to have lots of side salads.
I expected my choices at Burger King to be pretty limited, and they were. Both the burgers and chicken are marinated in soy, so they were out. Fries were a possibility if I wanted to ask about the kind of oil they were fried in, but that kind of goes against the spirit of the whole healthy eating thing.
So I was left with a plain old side salad. And to be truthful, that wasn’t even complaint because it had finely shredded cheese all over it. I didn’t remember seeing that when I looked up the nutrition and allergen information the day before. But there it was. So I did my best to shake off as much cheese as possible and I didn’t eat the pieces that I could not clean off. It was just iceberg lettuce after all, so it wasn’t doing a whole lot for me nutritionally, but it was more the thought of having something to eat that mattered.
Fortunately, I brought along my own snacks, so I really wasn’t too hungry (see my list at the bottom) Dinner at Panera was better, but not nearly as good as I thought it would be. I thought that I would be able to indulge in one of their yummy soups or salads. But sadly, Panera’s chicken is marinated in sugar – all of their chicken. Their turkey is marinated in soy. And their soups all have at least one non-compliant food as their main ingredient (milk, beans, sugar, or soy.)
So that left me with another side salad. But I did have the option to make some additions and that I did. I added steak – no soy or sugar! – and I could have also added a hard-boiled egg or avocado, or other veggies. But honestly, the snacks I brought along kept me from being too hungry. Sure, I would have loved to have something besides salad – especially after running 14 miles that morning. But I really never felt hungry. Here’s what I brought along with me in my stash:
Whole30 Compliant Road Trip Snacks
- Almond butter (I brought the whole jar and a spoon and took a hit whenever I needed it.)
- Carrots and celery
- Cashews, almonds, pecans
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Pre-packaged guacamole (I found a few brands that were complaint)
- Raisins and dates
- Larabar (Apple Pie)
There are a number of websites that have elaborate snack ideas which would be great when I’m hanging out at home. But for this trip, we were on the road all day and needed to schlep our stuff around, so I really didn’t want to have a backpack filled with stinky tuna or salami. This list of snacks – with a few supplemental side salads – kept me going all day, even after a long run. Can’t beat that!