Most people go on vacation to take a break from their daily lives. Unfortunately, when you or your child has severe food allergies or intolerances extra care and planning is required. You can’t always make a clean break from your life at home, nor can you rely on finding safe foods in your destination. Planning ahead and carrying safe and healthy snacks is of the utmost importance. This is exactly what we did when we went on vacation last week.
I have found that staying in “Extended Stay” hotels provides a safe alternative and even a sense of normalcy. These hotels have kitchens or kitchenettes, and this can be worth its weight in gold when trying to provide allergen free and nutrient dense foods for your family. You may not have everything you need to prepare a gourmet meal, but remember, you are on vacation, and quality and safety is your goal.
During our Colorado adventure we decided to drive to the Boulder/Longmont Farmers Market, it was incredible! Beautiful fresh fruits and vegetables, raw cheeses, and pastured meats/poultry, it seemed to go on forever! I was hoping to purchase some pastured eggs to fix breakfast for my boys, however the Egg Man was completely sold out. We spoke with many of the vendors and purchased local organic apples which made a great snack while on the road. We also stopped by and met Stacey Marcellus of Cappello’s Pasta fame. It was so lovely to finally meet her and we left with some fresh Grain Free Fettuccine. On our way out of the Farmers Market we picked up some raw milk goat cheese, organic fresh greens and organic chives. A quick stop at Whole Foods Market on the way back to our hotel sealed the deal. I purchased a small bottle of Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (a.k.a. EVOO), Organic Lemons, and a jar of Artichoke Hearts. After a long day it was nice to know that I would be able to prepare a nutrient dense meal for my family in just a few minutes. A simple dinner of Cappello’s Pasta tossed with EVOO, artichoke hearts, raw goat cheese, chives and an organic salad, a great way to end the day.