Eating well on vacation
It’s one thing to go on vacation with your husband (you can eat the way you want). It’s entirely another challenge when you go on vacation with another couple who in no way eats the way you do!
We just had a terrific time in Florida with our friends Warren and Kathy. They eat very differently than we do, however, so we knew that would be a challenge. We were their guests at a house they had rented near Sanibel Island on Matlacha (matt-lah-shay).
The first thing we did was go food shopping. We bought eggs, berries, smoked trout, ripe avocados, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, plenty of baby bella mushrooms which are so good for you (and my personal favorite)! I had made two “Socca kits” before leaving home, so I just had to add water and olive oil to make it. A recipe for the “socca kit” is below. We also found some raw cashews and sliced almonds for snacks. We bought a bottle of red wine, and we were ready for a week of warm weather and fun!
Every morning we made a wonderful breakfast of fried eggs, smoked trout, sautéed mushrooms, avocado, berries and socca. We took nuts and water with us on our adventures during the day. Each evening, we explored the local restaurants and had some terrific meals while we were there. One restaurant was so good we went back twice! At the restaurant a fresh salad of mesclun greens with lots of freshly chopped veggies, a glass of red wine, perfectly cooked green beans with a topping of diced tomatoes and fresh chopped garlic along with blackened scallops made a perfect meal.
Another night, Rob and I shared a dozen fresh oysters which we hadn’t had in a long time. He used to live in Louisiana, and he said they tasted the same as they had there. Fresh and sweet and actually quite different from the way they taste up north where we live now. In addition to the oysters, we shared a dinner that consisted of two large skewers of shrimp, scallops, green peppers and mushrooms. We chose broccoli for a vegetable which was perfectly cooked and plentiful. It’s a good idea to watch the amount of food you eat at all times, but on vacation the temptation to splurge and over-eat can be really tempting.
The first night we ordered a piece of Key Lime pie and four forks. It was a real treat! I have always loved Key Lime pie. All I needed was a few bites. The glass of red wine is a good healthy addition to a fantastic meal as well.
You can enjoy eating well while on vacation without going crazy and paying for it when you get home. Watch your portion size; treat yourself to small bites of things you don’t usually indulge in (ex: Key Lime pie). You can enjoy your vacation and not gain a ton of weight!
Socca Kit Recipe:
In a zip-lock bag:
1/2 cup garbanzo bean flour, 1 tsp dried parsley, 1 tsp dried dill, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp. sunflower seeds, 1 tsp chia seeds, 1 tsp ground flax seeds, 1/2 tsp sea salt
When you are ready to make the socca, in a mixing bowl, just add 1 cup water and a tbsp. of olive oil. Pour into a hot skillet that has been brushed with olive oil. Cook on low heat until it pulls away from the sides and then flip until browned on both sides. Enjoy!
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