Autism Humor – I’m Taking It With Me

I have the honor to volunteer with many children with autism and there are some things that just go with the territory (aside from the fact that I’m always smiling – they light me up every time! 🙂 )

Many of the children I have the joy to work with like to bring personal items along with them to play time (or wear something they love.) We typically don’t allow them to bring toys from home, heaven forbid something is lost in the shuffle – the organization I work with has a TON of toys for the children to play with, so outside items could easily disappear.

Still, when they really WANT to bring something (for example, little felt pieces in the shape of animals) chances are a mountain will be made into a molehill by not going with the flow. Trying to separate them from a comfortable “known” can be a lot more trouble than it’s worth and frankly, at the end of the day, there’s nothing at all wrong with that (particularly in a less frequented environment.)

We do, however, have to keep a sharp eye out so that they also go home with everything they brought along!

Krave Bars

I was pretty psyched to see these new Krave Bars – they are available in-store and online, and come from a popular jerky snack brand, Krave. 

When trying to stay clean on trips, it’s always a struggle to find non-refrigerated protein options.  It isn’t at all impossible, mind you, it just requires forethought.  The great thing about these bars is that they offer savory flavors, and a dose of protein for minimal calories minus the need to have a cooler.

Stats range from:

  • 1 bar: 110 – 120 calories
  • 1.5 – 4g total fat (0 – 1.5g sat fat)
  • 240 – 290mg sodium
  • 12 – 13g carbs
  • 0 – 1g fiber
  • 6 – 11g sugars
  • 8 – 10g protein

There is a bit of sugar in there, so keep that in mind if you need to steer clear.  That said, sometimes a snack like this is better than wheat you’ll find at rest stops!  It’s also smart to have healthy snacks on hand so you don’t end up going hungry, and eating more than you’d like to later.

For those of you who don’t do red meat, the turkey one sounds pretty delicious, and very Thanksgiving-ish. 🙂 

The other thing?  There isn’t much IN these, which is always nice. AND…you can pronounce all the ingredients.  Refreshing!

  • Turkey, Cranberries, Quinoa Flour, Candied Orange Peel, Granulated Sugar, Sea Salt. 
  • Contains 2% or less of the Following: Thyme, Sage, Granulated Garlic, Onion Powder, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Black Pepper, Celery Powder. 

Traveling Nutrition Part II

I had to take a trip to Denver with my father last week for some hot rod related work…and as soon as we landed, we had to be in a car for another three hours…for an hour-long top in Nebraska.  We started traveling at 5:30 a.m., and basically continued our “en route” for a good 14 or 15 hours out of the entire 30 or less that we were in (or around) Colorado, which always makes healthy eating a necessary forethought (at least for moi!)

Gorgeous '32!

Gorgeous ’32!

I packed a whole bunch of snacks in my bag (an Oakley backpack carry-on) so I’d say 50% of it was food.  Important stuff!  I brought extra so we could both have something on the journey – apples, snap peas, baby carrots, tuna packs, 100 calorie packs of almonds, some almond butter packs and a few sugar-free chocolates.  All that didn’t stop me from getting MORE food at the airport for the plane, though!  4.5 hours in a seat meant I’d be hungry so I snagged a gluten-free high protein wrap (which I shared with my father), a coffee (necessary!), and two hard-boiled eggs.  Protein is a perfect go-to because it is filling for the longer-term, and none of it was particularly caloric (which I personally consider because I am inactive and sitting for so long!)

From the airport for the flight to Denver

From the airport for the flight to Denver

When we were ON the road, a lot of people think finding healthy options is impossible…  Well, if I can find something, I can assure you it is NOT impossible! *lol*  I am not only incredibly picky and “clean,” but we also had very limited, and only “fast food” choices!  After snagging the rental car, we hopped off for some lunch.  Subway was our best bet.  I was THRILLED to see they had baby spinach – much more packed with nutrients than iceberg!  I’d like to avoid deli meats because of nitrates (when I buy them for myself, I opt for brands free of gluten, nitrates, and other added “junk.”  But, at Subway, I knew I didn’t have a choice in the matter.  So…I ordered baby spinach, two chicken breasts and sliced turkey…a few tomatoes and cucumbers, and had them chop it up.  It didn’t LOOK incredibly appetizing but it was perfect – loaded with protein and vitamins, it kept me full for a long while, and I knew I was at least having something reasonably healthy (no dressing, by the way, just salt and pepper for me.)

Subway spinach, turkey and "double chicken"

Subway spinach, turkey and “double chicken”

The hotel later in the even was great – I ordered more spinach, grilled and seasoned chicken, and a ton of steamed carrots (the veggie they had for the day.)  They brought me an ample amount of all those things and most certainly didn’t mind me asking for something “modified” off the menu – nothing complicated here!

Dinner at the hotel!

Dinner at the hotel!

Dinner at the hotel!

Dinner at the hotel!

The next morning I had poached eggs (I always ask for medium boiled, eat one or two and have the remaining whites) and took some fruit salad and an apple for the road – delicious, and filling because of the protein, fiber and water content.

Hotel breakfast take out...for the car rides!

Hotel breakfast take out…for the car rides!

At the airport on the way back, I busted out my tuna and crackers (I only ate one cracker!) and I got a spinach and chicken salad with cucumbers at the Wolfgang Puck at the food court.  It was actually SUCH a large portion, I didn’t eat it all!  I did manage to polish off my snap peas with my father though!

Brought along for the airport...

Brought along for the airport…

Wolfgang Puck's at the airport

Wolfgang Puck’s at the airport

Plane snack!

Plane snack!

So it is actually not impossible to eat well…or reasonably so…when on the go.  Just ASK.  Don’t be embarrassed, and don’t worry about modifying or explaining.  If you want plain and simple, just say so! 😀