So, for this block of the pregnancy, we took off on a 13-hour road trip for a week’s vacation with close family (and their ADORABLE baby. Really. She’ll melt you with a smile, pretend to pout, and then melt you again. Keeps you on your toes).
The trip went rather well, considering we drove all night long to get there and all day to get back with a couple of very squirmy, busy little guys in the back seat and one very finicky pregnancy bladder.
One thing that really bothered me as we approached the trip was the idea of eating fast food all the way there, all during the trip and all the way back..then coming home to an empty house and no time to grocery shop, thus eating out even more.
A bit of game planning, and I think we did rather well! Here’s how we shaped up-
Dried fruit, cheese and crackers, chips and dip, fresh fruit and veggies, nutty granola bars, cereal bars and pop-tarts, peanut butter sandwiches and some cookies for mom and dad while we struggled to stay awake.
Once we got there, we meal planned together and took a trip to the grocery store. Of course, we had to try a couple of local restaurants, but the majority of our meals were at home. Sandwiches, homemade pizza bagels, taco dip, some chicken fried southern comfort foods (home made, of course, though not very Veggie of me **blushing**)
Trip verdict: All in all, I think we did pretty well. Here is the thing, I am Pregnant first, Veggie second. When I am at home and feeling well, I can feed myself and my baby and my family good, wholesome foods with all of the nutrition that we need, and I can do it without meat.
However, when I am at someone else’s home, unless I am going to bring whole, packed meals with us every where we go, I have to do the best I can. I have been known to lug a Vita-Mix around so that I can make smoothies, and we have freaked the in-laws out by bringing a tub of hummus. But for all around meals, I do what I can. If getting enough protein means my only option is eating a home-grilled burger with the family, then that is what I am going to do.
With that said, it is probably feasible to bring all home cooked foods or plan meals with vegetarian options with the friends and family you are visiting. Some hotels, like Comfort Inn Suites, have a full kitchen in each room. We loved staying there, and if we ever have an extended hotel stay, that will likely be our option. Cooking together is much cheaper and more flexible than eating out, which often leaves you with few options outside of a bland veggie burger and less-than-filling salad.
We had a fantastic trip and already miss everyone so much. I do have to say, though, it was nice to get home and make some lentil steaks and sleep in our own bed!