Gen X Mom Sarah on family vacation: "Produce woes"

03/30/2011 09:49:00 AM
Tom Karst

We ate a lot of Tex Mex (hey, when in Rome...), which meant a lot of lettuce and tomatoes again, with peppers, onions and avocado thrown in for good measure. Does salsa count? If so, we consumed plenty. Our youngest gobbles it up, too. Sure, we had bad days: lemon in our water for lunch and good days: watermelon at Sea World.

Once at the condo, we fared a little better since we were able to prepare our own meals. But that meant that, oh yeah, we had to prepare our own meals!! Don’t I do this every day? Didn’t I want a break from making my family’s food all the live-long day?? Here’s the thing: when you travel, you want to take it easy, take a break from cooking, maybe even enjoy the local cuisine. (I did – a “Crimp” burger on the island. It’s a crab/shrimp burger and it’s delicious!).

So we ate out some, and we ate at the condo some. I knew I didn’t want to be stuck in the kitchen (again, isn’t that why I’m on vacation!?), so we opted for quick prep meals. We had pasta, tortillas and sandwiches, and we threw in plenty of strawberries, grape tomatoes, pineapple, broccoli and apples. And it was perfect. Even a simple apple tastes better sitting on the deck listening to the ocean waves.

So, I learned what I really already knew: we eat healthier and fill our plates with more produce when we’re at home, rather than on vacation. We do what we can while traveling, but we make sure to enjoy our time together and enjoy the amazing places we’re visiting. And we always make time to seek out fun goodies! For us, ice cream floats at the authentic 1920s soda fountain on The Strand, finished with an amazing four-man bike ride down the seawall. Now THAT is vacation!


You can reach Sarah at:  sarah_a_krause@yahoo.com.


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