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Eating Healthy & Saving Moolah on Vacation

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Today I head to Virginia to hang out with some high school buddies and have a fabulous ladies trip to the beach and DC. While I’m totally psyched to have this time to hang out and catch up with old friends, I’m also a wee bit nervous about my spendings since I’m unemployed and starting to feel the financial crunch. I would’ve tried to reschedule it but we’ve been planning this trip for months and so it just didn’t feel right.

But in an effort to cut down on my spendings (which will mostly be gas and food), I’ve decided to make a bunch of food that I can take with me so that I will be able to order less food when we invariably go out to eat.

On my ladies trip to the beach a month ago, I got some pretty good practice at making travel-worthy, healthy, easy food. My advice? When in doubt, cook some meat that is yummy cold (like pork tenderloin) and prep some hard veggies and fruit. Here’s what I’m taking on this go round:

•Massaged Kale salad
GF bread for sandwiches 
•Bell peppers (red are my favorite for snacking!)
•Homemade black bean hummus
•Apples (Granny Smiths are great!)
•Almond butter
•Yogurt + granola
•Mango+banana bars from Trader Joes
•Lots of water 

What kind of healthy, whole food fuels you when you’re on the go? Do you have any tried and true tricks that you use? I’d love to hear about them!

See you on the road!

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Weekend Wrapup: Girls Beach Trip

Last week I went with a good friend on a mini vacation to the beach! It’s so good getting away sometimes, ya know?

Here’s a little Instagram recap of the trip:
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And that’s what was done. Laying in the sun, we read books, magazines and our kindles (have you read #girlboss? If, not – do it now). We sipped on simple gin+sparkling water+fruit drinks and ate wraps filled with roasted pork and kale+quinoa salad I had made beforehand. We floated in the ocean, meditating as we hung out with the waves. And repeat.

Simple, no?

It was a little slice of heaven (despite the crowds and the sun-burnt skin). And we never wanted to leave.

Are you planning a vacation like this? Where the to do list is short and the relaxing is long?

I hope so. 🙂