I really thought I could enjoy a healthy diet while on the road? I loaded the cooler with boiled eggs, raw veggies and fruit, some cheese and a few crackers for breakfast and snacks. Ignorantly I pictured myself purchasing healthy dinners along the way.
Craving carbs, eating locally, and the frustrations of travel foster a less than ideal situation for good nutrition.
And the local delights!
We live in Arizona with fantastic Mexican food, but driving through Moline obligated us to dine on Adolph’s tacos and Frank’s pizza. Leaving the Quad Cities without Whitey’s ice cream is unimaginable.
My Iowa cousin gifted us donut holes and Dutch letter pastries from Jaarsma Bakery in Pella. A new must-stop!
I was careful to save a few of the delights to offer to my friend Judy when she joined us in our hotel room for coffee. Suffering from celiac disease, she graciously declined.
To assuage her temptation, I popped the donut hole into my mouth and enjoyed the last curve of the Dutch letter. One must do what one can to nurture good friendships.
The other day SD and MBP brought home part of a donut from Dollop Diner in Chicago. Oh my. This was not a chain bakery chemical concoction. Two bites of deliciousness were adequate to satisfy my sweet tooth.
Amazingly, I can still get into my jeans. Thank you, elastic waist bands.
A healthy balance
Three plus weeks into our journey, I am convinced that eating healthy 100% of the time is not on the agenda in the immediate future. My goal is to eat healthy whenever possible. I won’t turn down singular delights. Special treats are special because they are unique and rare. I aim to keep them rare.