What I Ate Wednesday is a series of spotlights on diverse eating styles and recipes, meant to showcase different diets and explore the wide variety of foods we choose to eat! Serena is our community manager here at ENLIGHTENED.
As a huge foodie with a sensitive stomach, I’ve always had to be creative and pick and choose my battles with food. What I’ve learned over the years is that dishes with fewer ingredients are easier to make, taste great, and sit the best with my tummy. (Trust me, I still find a way to enjoy my favorite sweets and snacks!)
This past week I road tripped around Colorado, something I’ve dreamt of doing since I was 12 years old. Alongside camping by the fire in Estes Park, hiking in Vail, driving an ATV in Denver, and prepping for a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, one of the most important aspects of the trip was planning what to eat on the road. This naturally brought me and my boyfriend to a Sprouts in Boulder, where we stocked up on nutritious meals and snacks. I totally geeked out when I saw the beautiful variety of Enlightened Ice Cream bars and pints in their freezers!
Everything we ate had to be cooked out of a little kitchenette in our trunk with a single burner, so our meals needed to be simple. The following is what we enjoyed on our plastic, eco-friendly plates!
We stopped on the side of the road when we saw a herd of elk grazing by a lake and decided it would be the perfect spot to freshen up and cook breakfast. We scrambled up cheesy farm fresh eggs and a piece of toast with natural KerryGold butter. This butter is so rich and is produced by grass-fed, hormone-free cows. I definitely recommend picking some up at your local grocer. Of course, we had a side of charred breakfast sausage and mixed blackberries and strawberries. Breakfast is my favorite, and the most important meal, of the day. It helps me think clearly and provides me with energy, which was well-needed for the many hikes ahead. I always like to incorporate protein or fats, since they keep me satisfied the longest. We also enjoyed our Siggi’s yogurt and made sure to drink plenty of water.
A large honey crisp apple was a perfectly refreshing snack after a 6 mile hike.
After a beautiful (and nerve-racking) drive up Trail Ridge Road, we pulled over to a scenic overlook (11,000 foot elevation!) for an overdue lunch break. We rolled up a delicious wrap filled with kale pesto hummus, peppered turkey, provolone, a fresh tomato, and one beautiful avocado. We converted our bed in the van to a kitchen table, opened the doors, and enjoyed our wraps in the crisp September air.
Look at this avocado! ?
This meal was a little harder to make, as we were in the middle of the woods with a campfire as our only light. We cooked up some spicy veggie burgers topped with provolone, and kale pesto hummus on toast with a side of sautéed green peppers and onions. I typically only use salt, pepper, and garlic as seasoning at home, so that’s exactly what we did! Garlic has amazing health benefits which you can read about here.
Can’t have a campfire without s’mores!
Graham crackers, melted marshmallow, and Hershey’s chocolate. Not as healthy as our Enlightened Marshmallow Treats, but you have to splurge sometimes. ?
While cooking outdoors was a challenge due to many factors (including my sensitive stomach) we made it work for us! I had a great time getting creative in the “kitchen,” and was happy to see how manageable it was to create nutritious meals with very few resources! Now that I’m back home, there are really no excuses when it comes to eating healthy 🙂
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