It is about time for another What I Ate Wednesday post here: a day where I share everything I ate throughout the day. The good, the not so great and the super yummy- I share it all.
Yesterday was a long day and I feel I ate a ton of food considering I ate my first meal at 4:15am before leaving the airport and then had dinner at 8pm, which was actually 10pm my time. It is hard to eat well while traveling and every time I travel I understand why my husband gets home after a week of travel and wants a good, healthy home cooked meal.
What I Ate Wednesday
I tried to prepare myself, but as always temptation kicked in and I ate some things that I don’t usually eat, enjoyed some treats and didn’t definitely didn’t meet my daily vegetable goal. And when I came across the amazing cookie and hot chocolate bar at our hotel the “I’m on vacation,” kicked in and I let myself indulge.
Here is how I ate yesterday, as I traveled from Indianapolis to Denver, then made the 2 hour drive from Denver to Vail and immediately started enjoying myself when we arrived.
I prepared my breakfast the night before because I knew it was going to be a super early morning and it would be easier to just grab something as we were leaving for the airport. Banana Oat Pancakes and two hardboiled eggs was the perfect, healthy breakfast to start my day.
Once we got to the airport, we were a little early so of course we sat down and enjoyed a cup of coffee and some water. When I am traveling to high elevation I have to make sure I start watering up early and often.
When we got to Minneapolis for our connecting flight we had a little time for a quick snack. I packed a Larabar and ate that while drinking some water. I was not too hungry and was fine with that until….
My husband went to McDonald’s to get a coffee and brought me back a hash brown- he knows those are my weakness. So of course I ate that darn hash brown.
Once we arrived in Denver it was 11am mountain time and 1pm our time. I was hungry for a good lunch. We had some time to kill before our shuttle arrived to take us to Vail. I went into lunch knowing I needed some green in my life.
For lunch I ordered a big salad with grilled chicken, added some cucumbers, granny smith apples and ordered the goat cheese on the size. I also had a cup of chicken gumbo soup to warm me up. The portion of chicken was huge and I didn’t finish all the chicken, but I surely did not leave a single piece of green left on my plate.
Oh and I can’t forget that I tried my husband’s sweet potato fries and then asked for 3 more.
As we were waiting for the shuttle I saw a basket of candy and couldn’t resist: one mini snickers and two tootsie rolls to satisfy that sweet tooth. (And didn’t even snap a picture.)
When we checked into our hotel, our room was not quite ready so we decided to pony up at the pub in the hotel. Soon after we sat down several clients and other vendors of my husband’s came in from their day of outdoor activities. We sat around the table near the fire and enjoyed some conversation while drinking and snacking on a variety of appetizers we ordered to share. I alternated between iced tea and water and snacked on an order of tortilla chips with the best salsa! For all my family & friends back home, this is the closest salsa to El Azteca’s salsa and I will be getting it again while I am here!
Our room was finally ready and as walking to our room I came across this amazing hot chocolate and cookie bar that is setup every day for an after skiing snack! It was amazing and I couldn’t resist. A chocolate chip cookie for the win before I went back to our room for a nap. (There was no way I was going to make it to the evening).
Prior to dinner there was a cocktail reception, where I drank water and resisted all of the hors d’oeuvres trays. I was saving my appetite for dinner at Montauk Seafood Grille in Lionshead. We had been to this restaurant before and I knew it would not disappoint.
We ordered several appetizers for the table and I dug in on some calamari and lobster macaroni and cheese. The lobster macaroni was so good that I ate two spoonfuls!
While the rest of the group sipped on wine I chugged water to keep myself hydrated– and running to the bathroom. I did have a sip of my husband’s red wine that he was drinking.
I started my dinner with a lobster bisque that did not disappoint and was outstanding!
Finally the dinners arrived and once again this place did not disappoint. Since I am not supposed to eat the rare yellowfin tun that is my favorite fish and I would have normally ordered, I went for the grilled halibut.
I went for my greens first (I needed more veggies) and then ate half of my fish and half of my mashed potatoes. I was stuffed! The halibut was very good and they brought out three different sauces to dip the fish in- wonderful!
I entertained the dessert menu, but just couldn’t do it and I am glad I stayed strong.
That is about as real as it gets. There is nothing I left out and wanted you all to see a real picture in a day of my eats when traveling and while enjoying a little vacation. Although I try my best to still eat healthy, I definitely indulge a little more than normal: hello candy, hash brown, chips & salsa and a cookie. I am sure that cookie and hot chocolate bar will be a part of my daily indulgence on this trip- hence negating my goal I shared on my 4 month pregnancy update to only have 3 treats per week. Hey, it’s vacation, right?!?!
Your turn- tell me!
What did I eat that surprised you?
How do you eat when you travel?
Jenna @ Crazy Healthy Fit says
I always find it difficult to remain on track when I wake up much earlier than normal. I like to eat something first thing upon waking, rather than wait until a normally scheduled meal. I try to pack my own snacks as well and focus on protein, protein, protein while I’m away. I am very aware that every meal ordered out is most likely lathered in all kinds of oil so the fats add up, and carbs add up quickly at restaurants as well. So, I always focus on getting enough protein and leave it at that during my travels 🙂