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My Food Philosophy…Part 1

My parents cooked home meals every single night, even though they both worked full time. They never fed me “little kid food” like blue boxed macaroni & cheese or frozen chicken nuggets, and when they did it turned into a disaster.

I remember one weekend when I was seven years old my mom was on a work trip and my dad was in charge of feeding me. He’s a great cook, so my mom wasn’t too worried about it.

One night I begged my dad to make me macaroni & cheese “from the blue box”.


It’s not that difficult to make, boil water, pour in neon orange powdered “cheese”, stir in milk & butter. I figured if he could make delicious chili and amazing roasted chicken, he could handle a little Mac & cheese.


When I came into the kitchen, I noticed the room smelled funny. I hesitantly looked into my bowl and found my neon orange pasta covered in black stuff.

“uh dad, did you see pepper on the ingredients list I gave you?”
“well, no but I wanted to give it flavor”
I looked back into the bowl and noticed a bunch of other random colors.

“why would you season macaroni and cheese?? I’m calling mom!”

I then called her and told her my dad was trying to ruin my life because he made the mac & cheese wrong. I may have been a little dramatic back then. Ok, I still am dramatic.

I then called my mom and begged her to come back home to make me real mac & cheese.
Looking back on this day, I realize that my dad was trying to turn fake food into something that tasted a little less boxed. This disaster was the turning point in my food choices.


I used to be obsessed with the show “Arthur.” He was an aardvark (or was he an anteater?) that taught me to try everything once. Unfortunately for me, my mom watched this show with me and picked up on his food lesson. She always made me “try everything once” including zucchini (yuck), onions (yuck) and squash (double yuck). I quickly became the little girl who would try anything. I ate everything my parents made, which was always a healthy, balanced meal.

To this day, she still tells me I should “try everything once”. In fact, just a couple days ago she encouraged me to try a piece of zucchini.
“Remember what Arthur always says?”

I quickly reminded her she wore that phrase out on zucchini 11 years ago. Yes I remember exactly how old I was, It was that bad.

Just because I loved my healthy “grown up foods” doesn’t mean I didnt love my sweets. I was a cookie, cupcake and brownie fiend. My childhood food memories include cooking with my dad, and baking with my mom.

I ate pretty healthy, but I definitely never deprived myself. I never really thought about calories, nutrients, fat or anything like that. I was a cheerleader from ages 7-15, so of course I was a little aware of what I was eating, but it was never obsessive.

sorry about the akward blurry spot…had to cover up the front of the uniform!

Everything changed during my Junior year of high school, but I’ll save that for part 2 🙂

What were your childhood meals like? 

Were you picky? The kid who ate anything? 



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Meal Planning: Traveling

Traveling can be stressful, hectic, annoying and one big hassle. The airplane makes you germy, you have to go to the bathroom 10x more than usual during roadtrips and let’s face it, you don’t eat as many veggies as you should while your laying by the pool at your hotel sipping cold drinks.

It’s ok, I won’t tell.

After reading this post of the Meal Planning series, you won’t have to count that chunk of pineapple sitting on the rim of your glass as your only fruit you’ll eat that week.

Or you can. Again, I won’t tell.


I don’t know about you, but traveling on an airplane is pretty much the most uncomfortable feeling in the world to me. You’re super stressed about getting to the airport on time. Security is taking forever. You have exactly 2 seconds to take your shoes and jacket off, place them on the belt along with your bag, purse, pillow and computer (which you have taken out of your bag). Make sure it is only 2 seconds though, otherwise you will get barked at for not going superspeed. Then, you have about 3 seconds to quickly throw all of your stuff off of the belt, put your shoes on, jacket on, computer in your bag, grab all your stuff and run to the gate only to find out your flight is delayed and you get to sit there for an hour. So what do you do? Buy a couple $10 celebrity gossip magazines to see if David Beckham is single yet? Paint your nails? Go buy a $20 bag of chips? No you will not, because you planned ahead!!

My favorite airplane snacks:



Dried Fruit (Sometimes they don’t let you take this through security…if not, do the puppy dog face. If you do it right, you can get anything.)

(this was taken after my dust/wind/rain storm at the Grand Canyon so it’s a little more miserable than usual…but you get the idea)


TrailMix (yes, trail mix with m&m’s still count. I can’t stand raisins, or “little brains” as my brother calls them, so I substitute them with chocolate!)

Sandwiches (I leave off the mustard until I get into the airport and just grab the little packets)


Ridiculously Long Car Rides:

Luckily, car rides are about 90% more forgiving than airplanes. You can bring (almost) any food or drink, which means there are lots of choices. I like choices.

My favorite car ride snacks:

All of the above

Chopped up fruits

Chopped up Veggies

Cereal (obviously without the milk)

Fruit Leathers (I’m obsessed)

Cheeeeeeeese (I’ll eat cheese with almost anything. Except chocolate.)

If you are like my parents, you can get super fancy with this. They’re known to snack on sliced apples/pears with fancy cheese and crackers anywhere they go.

If your in a car for a million hours, why not get a little fancy? If it’s anything like my 15 hour drive to Arizona, you’ll need all the extra fancy you can get.

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