5 Tips for Eating on the Road

Eating on the road is not always easy. The best part of my job is the fact that I get to see areas of the state I normally might not visit. That includes eateries, coffee shops and restaurants which all have an abundance of choices and selections for eating out.

I work in sales and have adjusted to not having a physical office everyday to go to and making the most out of my vehicle. The trunk is my mobile office holding much of my marketing materials and supplies. My front seat has accessible pens and pads as well as my work bag and iPad for writing notes. Having your car as your office certainly has its perks. No one is supervising you over your shoulder. You get to control your day and where you spend it and learn to miss all the high traffic areas during high traffic times!eating on the road, on the go, healthy, lunch

I mostly bring my lunch with me each day as  I find it saves times and I have better options for what I am eating when I am controlling it. Their are times that I have a coworker with me or I am training an employee and we eat out. I have found some great spots on my travels and now frequent them when I am in that town which is nice! You get to know the staff and owners of these businesses and I feel like I am supporting small business and treating myself to my favorite meals.

With that being said, it would be very easy to do this daily and I have to imagine some of my co-workers do! I can’t seem to want to spend 10-15 a day on lunch. That’s $50 a week and $200 a month eating out for only 1 meal a day. It adds up! So I bag it! Here are my 5 tips for eating on the road.

5 Tips for Eating on the Road

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  1. Hydrate! I have a 32 ounce water bottle that comes with me for the day. I find if I have water, I will drink it!

2 .Be well-rounded! Pack easily accessible foods and a variety. Fruit, cut up veggies and Hummus( one of my favorites) , guacamole and chips, yogurt, nuts, dried fruit or hard-boiled eggs. A simple sandwich or salad can work to, but I opt for a “snack style” lunch to reduce the possibility of spills.eating on the road, on the go, lunch, healthy

 

3. Pack utensils. Nothing is more annoying than having the yummy lunch you planned and nothing to eat it with! I pack a fork and spoon with napkins in my lunch bag and wash when I get home.

4. Bring antibacterial wipes. This will help when you do not have an accessible restroom around on the road but need to wash the hands before eating. I also keep them in the car for spills. Yes, they do wonders on your clothes when you are eating off your lap. 🙂

5. Treat Yo Self!  Yes. You are allowed! I have 1 place on my travels I go weekly. It is my favorite place and has my favorite food and bonus for me, there is ample work space so I can have a working lunch but get out of the car. They also have a nice bathroom which every person in sales can appreciate!

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There are much more than only 5 tips for eating on the road but these are just the top five that I utilize every day . If  you are a road warrior, what are your tips of the trade?

 

Easy Make Ahead Shrimp Burgers

What a day! This weekend we decided to take down a wall in our lower level of our home.  So scary but so easy at the same time. I was pleasantly surprised my fiance and I did it! We had a little help from a good friend too. 🙂 Don’t let me even start talking about the mess of the aftermath. I might have sheet rock dust down there forever! Sunday is normally our day of rest. Not today! Busy, busy since we moved almost a month ago and working hard to make it a home. All this work got me hungry and craving some seafood.

Sunday is normally the day we try to make a more special dinner or prep for the week. Even with our demolition happening downstairs, we were able to put together a nice recipe for shrimp burgers. I have had them several times at Whole Foods and they are divine! Why not try to make our own.

Shrimp Burgers, seafood, burgers, gluten freeThe nice thing is you know exactly what goes in it and can use whatever spices you have on hand or like the most. We opted for a ton of fresh dill and a cilantro chili spice we had in our cupboard.  A BBQ spice blend would work well to or Italian seasoning if you want to go for Italian route. This is a great recipe to make ahead and then just warm up during the week. They can also be frozen to have days or weeks later if properly stored for easy dinner to table meal.

SHRIMP BURGERS

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  • 10 fresh wild caught shrimp
  • 3 cups Panko (use gluten-free for gluten-free burgers)
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp chili lime seasoning
  • 2 eggs

Preheat oven 350 degrees. Peel and clean shrimp. Chop into small pieces and put into medium size bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Grease medium size casserole pan with coconut oil. Using your hands pat burgers together evenly forming 5 burgers. shrimp burgers, seafood, burgersBake for 15-18 minutes until shrimp are pink and fully cooked. Serve warm with bun or over greens. To reheat, warm in oven 10 minutes on 300 degrees.

 

Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point To Host Frank Sinatra Jack Daniels Dinner!

Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point To Host Special Tribute to Frank Sinatra
Jack Daniel’s Family of Whisky Dinner to honor iconic performer’s unique relationship with the forerunner location on Saturday, January 21. I am so looking forward to visiting Fresh Salt again!

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(photo credit by Ted Allan at www.sinatra.com )

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn., (December 27, 2016) – Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point is hosting a special tribute dinner in honor of the legendary performer Frank Sinatra. Held in conjunction with Old Saybrook’s Seaside Wine and Spirits on Saturday, January 21, this creative Jack Daniel’s Family of Whiskey Dinner honors the iconic performer’s special relationship with the forerunner location during the property’s 1960s heydays when Sinatra and his “Rat Pack” were regulars at the Terra Mar Hotel & Yacht Basin, where Sinatra kept his boat and entertained friends on a regular basis. According to one newspaper, it was rumored that Sinatra was going to buy the Terra Mar. The hotel was raided twice for illegal gambling and finally shut down in 1980, owing a large tax debt. Louis and Mary Tagliatela then purchased the unoccupied and dilapidated hotel at auction, and nine years later, the Terra Mar was replaced with Saybrook Point Inn.

The Jack Daniel’s Family of Whiskey Dinner will feature a robust selection of single barrel whiskey and rye by one of America’s most iconic distilleries, expertly paired with a hearty selection of fresh seafood, steaks and poultry creatively prepared by Saybrook Point’s talented Private Event and Banquet Chef Bill Titus and Fresh Salt Chef d’ Cuisine Gesé Rodriguez. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres featuring Crabmeat Salad-Sweet Potato Pancake, Assorted Sushi, and Braised Pork Belly with green tomato jam served with a Jacked-Up Cider Cocktail.

The five-course whiskey dinner begins at 7:00 p.m. featuring Ceviche Tartare Duo with Scallop-Tuna Citrus Sauce paired with Gentleman Jack, followed by Lamb T-Bone with Lentil Croquette, Trumpet Mushrooms and Marsala Glace paired with Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select. The third and fourth course feature Almond-Crusted Black Pearl Salmon with Sweet Potato and Caramelized Onion Stack paired with Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select and Roast Loin of Venison with Celery Root-Cauliflower Puree, Pear Chutney and Brussel Sprout Leaves paired with Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Rye. The evening concludes with a Black Jack Cake served with a warm malted barley-dusted pretzel paired with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Sauce.

Seaside Wine and Spirits from Old Saybrook will be in attendance, and guests can place orders for their favorite whiskey of the evening at specially reduced prices.  The Jack Daniel’s Family of Whiskey Dinner at Saybrook Point’s Fresh Salt is $94/person plus tax and service charge.  Reservations are necessary and may be made by calling the Fresh Salt reservations line at 860.339.1318

About Saybrook Point
Situated along the picturesque shores of historic Old Saybrook, Connecticut, Saybrook Point features a collection of 100 elegantly-appointed guestrooms, a rejuvenating full-service SANNO spa, and casual fine dining restaurant Fresh Salt, as well as a unique waterside Lighthouse Suite. In addition, the historic Three Stories and Tall Tales luxury guesthouses offer exquisite rooms that convey the story of famous local residents. The pristine Saybrook Point Marina, a landmark boating destination conveniently located at the mouth of the Connecticut River, serves as a focal point for the Inn. More information is available at www.saybrook.com.

Press release courtesy of Regan Communications Group, Inc, Regan Communications 106 Union Wharf, Boston, 02109 MA, United States.

I was invited to attend this dinner in return for publishing this press release. All opinions are my own.

 

Breakfast Burrito’s with BFree Foods

Breakfast is my all time favorite meal. It sometimes can get mundane. Likely because I am in a rush to make something in the morning. We have gluten sensitivity in our home so I am always looking at different ways to make meals taste great without missing the bread.

BFree Foods makes being gluten-free easy and delicious! They have every possible bread selection you could want. Rolls, sliced bread, pita, hot dog buns, bagels and more. We were lucky to receive a nice sampling of their gluten-free products to try.

Bfree foods, Breakfast burritos, Foodie, gluten freeWhat I liked best is that the texture and feel of the products were the most like real bread with gluten. They did not flake apart or break when taking them out of the packaging which is typical of other brands because it does not have the gluten to bind it together.  Plus! They also have every possible product you could need when it comes to bread. This can be a challenge when you are looking for gluten-free options. Sometimes it takes you buying multiple brands or going to multiple stores to find everything you need.

BFree foods have high-quality, non-GMO ingredients

  • Allergen-friendly and vegan
  • Low-cal, high-fiber, low-fat
  • Excellent nutrition and taste
  • No wheat, dairy, eggs, nuts or soy
  • Won’t disintegrate, crack or crumble!

We used the rolls for turkey burgers one night and made breakfast burritos for breakfast. Here is the recipe!

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  • 2 BFree Foods Wraps
  • 5 eggs scrambled
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese of your choice
  • 1 cup cooked spinach
  • chopped tomato
  • 2 slices of turkey bacon

Open up two BFree Foods wraps and spoon in scrambled eggs. Sprinkle with shredded cheese evenly. Add spinach, bacon and chopped tomato. Fold up the sides of each end into a burrito, seam side down. Warm in the microwave for 20 seconds to melt cheese and enjoy~ Add avocado or salsa for additional options. Yields 2 burritos.

BFree products are now available at your local Big Y, Star Market, Demoulas and more. Visit them at Bfree Foods 

BFree Foods sent me samples of their products in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

Momentum to Reach Your Goals

Their has been too many times in the past few years that momentum has proven to be a successful tool in many aspects of life. Merriam Webster defines Momentum as: the strength or force that something has when it is moving: the strength or force that allows something to continue or to grow stronger or faster as time passes.

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What have you gained momentum on lately?

For me, it has definitely been parenting. Yes parenting! I have seen how my conscious efforts and practice in parenting has yielded successful moments for my family and my child. I have seen how putting your best foot forward and taking the extra time to spend or teach your child has huge benefits. This might not be new to anyone. But let’s face it. If you work full-time and are a parent, sometimes all you want is a glass of red and food on the table at night. Your patience is thin. Time is spent on worry and work which sometimes get the best of us. I have learned that work can wait and so can the laundry. Momentum as Merriam Webster defines, is a force that allows something to continue or grow stronger. I can’t think of anything more than your child that you would want this for!

Another area of my life that has been harnessed with growth is my professional life.

Sometimes employees believe that the length of time at a company will automatically earn them a promotion and maybe a higher paycheck. Nothing can be further from the truth. People who grow professionally are ones that are consistent learners and seek out opportunity. In the past 3 years I promoted myself! Yes. I made suggestions in regard to department structure and when it was time to do something completely different, I leaped and made it on the other side with open arms from my employer. My employer was just happy I stayed at the company! You just never know what is waiting for you on the other side if you do not open the door yourself! I cannot stress this enough. Momentum takes off with consistent motion!

momentum, goals, running, focus, personal developmentRunners know all too much about momentum. They keep a good pace and build up their momentum to cross the finish line. Sales professionals are constantly looking to build momentum with clients by making sure everyone get served accordingly. They make sure customers are taken care of so they have repeat customers consistently.

 

Where we place focus in life is often where we will find it.

People who focus on working out regularly will yield high benefits by gaining momentum in their physical well-being. They are building their stamina in cardio or by how much weight they can lift. If you want to focus on eating healthier, you will make small changes that will build on each other over time.  You will establish healthier eating habits. You likely will gain momentum in losing weight or lowering your cholesterol.

If you seize the opportunity, momentum can quickly take off in many areas of our lives.  We just need to harness it properly.

How do you harness it?

 

 

Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Scones

Perfect fall treat with your coffee this morning, your next brunch or tea party. Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Scones! So easy, and made with minimal ingredients.

blueberry lemon scones, breakfast, lemon, blueberry, tea, My son has been busy in the kitchen lately trying out his cooking and baking skills. And I love it. It’s such a great way to bond with your child. He helps measure the ingredients, read the instructions and is learning about safety and cooking utensils. In addition,  he gets to do the sampling of his creation!

We often frequent the library every week and he recently  got a child’s baking book. The first thing we made were homemade cupcakes. It was actually the first time I ever made them from scratch and it was ridiculously simple. The recipe did not take much more than what I already had in the house. I like feeding him organic and natural food when possible ,so this was a pleasant surprise.

This week it was scones! He wanted to make them extra special and add fruit and a glaze. You could substitute the fruit for chocolate chips, raisins, dried fruit or nuts. Whatever you prefer. He chose lemon glaze to drizzle over them which happens to be one of my favorite dessert flavors. Like the cupcakes, this also had just a few ingredients in the recipe. Simple and homemade.

Blueberry Lemon Scones

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*4 Tablespoons softened butter
*1/3 cup granulated sugar
*1& 1/2 cup self rising flour
*1 cup powdered sugar
*1 tbsp water
*1 lemon squeezed
*pinch of salt
*1/4 cup blueberries ( frozen is fine) drained and dry

Cut up softened butter into cubes. With your hands, mix in flour and butter. Consistency should be a crumbly dough. Add sugar and pinch of salt. Stir in blueberries until incorporated. Lay dough out on a flat surface. Using a round cookie cutter, cut scones into rounds and place on a greased cookie sheet.

Bake for 12-15 minutes. Remove and cool. Mix powered sugar, water and 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice. Mix until thick glaze forms. You may have to put in more sugar in it if it’s too watery. Drizzle scones with glaze. Allow to dry and then dig in!

 

 

 

 

Making Room for More

Have you ever seen that part in National Lampoons Vacation when after traveling for days in a car with multiple hysterical issues and problems they finally get to Wally World amusement park only to find out the park is closed for renovation?

That is how I have felt with my blog the past few weeks. I feel like I have done so much to gain traction and now have come to a slow halt. From no fault other than my own purposeful doing. And yes, I feel like I owe all of you more than this.

However, I feel you have to put somethings aside to make room for more in your life. Many people struggle with this. If this is you, you might be burning the candle at both ends. You might be super unproductive and extremely tired.

Sometimes people put their family or loved ones aside to pursue an exotic trip for 3 months. Maybe you have given up the gym for awhile  so you can spend more time with family after work. Do you know someone who had to move in order to pursue their dreams or career?

I recently started a new career path with the company I work for. I completely stepped away from the department I was overseeing, the staff I was supervising and my office. Yes, I am a road warrior now! I had just finished a college course and decided I had to put aside the attention I gave to my blog in order to make room for this new career and having the time to saturate myself in learning.

We can’t do it all. Scratch that! We can’t do it all, all at once. 🙂 The other thing I did was hired a sitter for my son. I utilize her once a week so I can get a trip to the gym in during the week, run errands or work later. It has been so worth it. It is important to pursue your pursuits. To listen to the calling in your head tapping you quietly. It is important to try new things in order to grow and make room for more. That is what life is about! More learning, more love, more experiences and more growth!

making room for more, motivation, time managementGrowth comes from stepping outside your comfort zone and sometimes putting other things aside. This blog was what had to be put aside these last few weeks. The amount of posts  and social media had to slow way down in order for me to focus on this new path. I still love blogging. I still crave helping others and putting my thoughts down. But consistently being on social media, working on blog posts and editing pictures can take up a lot of precious time. Time that needed to be put elsewhere in order for me to be successful.

I am still very much in a training phase with my job and have a lot more to learn. I am grateful for all the people who follow and will continue to bring you my stories, adventures, recipes and inspiration.  If you have not already signed up via email, you can do so at the top of my main page to receive post right to your inbox.

So stay tuned. I will have some more posts and experiences to share with you very soon!

Have you ever had to put something aside to make room for more?

Chopped Curry Chicken Salad

Summer is almost over but this heat won’t let up! Chopped Curry Chicken Salad is a great way to use any cooked up chicken in your fridge and offers a cold lunch idea on a hot day.

Looking back on summer I can say it went way to fast! I always regret not fitting in enough beach days, taking enough time off or visiting places. It was a busy one I will give you that. I finished up a college course, started a new role at my company leaving an entire department I was running behind.

In addition keeping my son busy in summer programs, camp, mini vacations and organized for the beginning of the school year. Lunch is something that needs to be easy for both of us

I work out of my car each day so I need a lunch that is easy and can stay chilled. With no options for heating up a lunch, this serves as a perfect solution for the on the go lunch. It is also healthy. You can add dried fruit, fresh herbs as I did using cilantro and nuts if you wish. Shredding carrots added some color as well as crunch.

Normally I would eat this right out of the container. But get creative! You can stuff into a pita pocket, have between bread or add on top of greens for some added protein to your salad.

 

Chopped Curry Chicken Salad

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  • 2-3 small cooked chicken breasts
  • 2 Tbsp curry powder
  • 3 tbsp dried raisins or cranberries
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp nuts chopped
  • 1 carrot shredded

Chop up chicken into small cubes, trying to keep uniform.  Toss in a small bowl. Mix in chopped cilantro, nuts, raisins, carrot  and curry powder. Add mayonnaise and mix well. Chill and serve!

Launch Jumps Into Connecticut!

I had the fun pleasure of visiting Launch in Milford, CT over the weekend. What a blast! This is not just for the kids either.

IMG_20160828_112407487-01Launch Trampoline Park is a 30,000 sq. ft. indoor sports and family entertainment facility serving Milford, Connecticut! With over 12,000 sq. feet of connected trampolines forming one GIANT jumping surface and angled trampoline walls to bounce off of, Launch will get your whole family off the couch and in the air in no time!

When we arrived a birthday party was being set up in one of the birthday rooms. I immediately noticed the rooms to be bright, clean and quite large! The facility has several birthday packages and include pizza and hour of jump time, private dodge ball game, invitations, beverages and Launch “grippy” socks.

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

Launch Trampoline Park is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. They offer guests a wide variety of physical activities including open jump time, group exercise classes, trampoline dodgeball, and Launch Pad fun! This makes us the perfect venue for your next date night, birthday party, family event, corporate event, church outing, or fundraiser! They have TEEN NIGHT every Saturday from 8-10pm for $16 per person and Sensory Saturday from 9-10am for jumpers with special needs and their families. They offer low lighting and low noise, a fun and friendly environment as well as trained and caring staff. Cost is $10 plus includes 1 parent or guardian. What a great idea!

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Main Court

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SECTIONS OF THE LAUNCH PAD

With a variety of activities available, there is plenty to do for first timers and enough variety to keep the thrill going for returning jumpers. Our primary target market is families with children ages 4 to 14. Secondary target audiences are high school and college students.

Open Jump is the perfect opportunity for anyone who is ready to let loose and go off the walls and is available for all ages and abilities.  Open Jump gives jumpers access to all areas of the park. Each session is designed to encourage all family members to join the excitement and exercise of “jumping to the music.”

Main Court
Comprised of adjoining trampolines that span the floor and walls to create one GIANT bouncing surface, our main jumping court is the perfect place for anyone to let loose and LAUNCH!

Kid’s Court
This is the perfect place for little ones to launch high with others of their own size. The Kid’s Jumper is one-fourth of the size of the Main Jumper and is reserved for children under 42 inches tall.

Dodgeball Courts
These are main attractions.  In a 240 square foot space, the Dodgeball Court is home to ongoing, public games of this popular activity. This is a perfect place, whether you come alone, as part of a birthday party, or with a group of friends, to socialize, meet new people and get active.

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Slam Dunk Basketball
Slam dunk like a pro! Enjoy the exhilaration of getting above the rim and slamming it home!

Foam Pit
Get yourself high in the air and experience the thrill of new tricks to amaze your friends before landing in our enormous pit of foam.

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Whether you are a jumper or a parent taking a break, the Café is the place to go. With a variety of drinks and food, patrons can get away and have a snack, enjoy free WiFi or take in telecasts on the flat screen TV’s, all while still keeping track of what is going on in the Launch Pad.

 

 

 

 

 

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Another dimension of the experience is the Launch Arcade where friends can challenge each other with some of the most popular games. This is also an ideal add-on for birthday parties, group events and fundraisers and creates additional revenue opportunities with no direct costs of operating because all machines are provided on a revenue-sharing basis.

 

One very unique feature is that the place goes dark for 15 minutes every hour and glows neon in the entire facility giving a fun twist to your trampoline experience.

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With locations in Milford and Hartford it makes it easy to visit a location that is close to where you live. The staff was very helpful and knowledgable. We will be visiting again soon!

Milford location is open:

Monday-Thursday: 11 am – 8 pm

Friday: 12 pm – 10 pm

Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm

Sunday: 10 am – 7 pm

Visit Launch athttp://www.launchmilford.com

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**( Launch Milford provided passes for me to experience the trampoline park and two 1 hour passes to give away in exchange for this post. All opinions and views are my own. Some post information credited from www.Launchmilford.com)

 

Healthy Turkey Enchiladas

Craving Mexican? In the restaurant it can often be disguised with many unwanted calories. These turkey enchiladas are homemade so you control the ingredients and what you top them with. They are also very versatile and can easily be made with pork or chicken if turkey is not your thing and still be healthy.

enchiladas, healthy, mexicanI use corn tortillas  and Frontera sauce which is a household favorite. It is all natural and they have many varieties. We use a red enchilada sauce but they also have a green version which is just as good. With a few steps you have a festive and warm dinner the whole family will be sure to enjoy.

 

Typically it is the sour cream, ton of cheese and beans that bring Mexican food out of the healthy zone. I topped these with a moderate portion of cheese and sliced avocado.

 

Healthy Turkey Enchiladas

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 10-12 corn tortillas
  • Frontera Enchilada Sauce
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 cups of Monterey Jack cheese
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • Salt and pepper for taste
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 Tbsp chili powder

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Saute turkey in a pan and mix in chili powder and cumin. Cook until brown. Grease a baking pan with coconut oil lightly. Take out the tortillas and fill each with 3-4 tablespoons of turkey. Add a pinch of the grated cheese and roll up, put seam side down in pan. Continue until all the tortillas are used up. You may have some turkey left over. Top with remaining cheese and sliced avocado. Pour enchilada sauce packet over enchiladas.

IMG_20160821_171509057-01Bake uncovered for 25 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and enjoy!