I have been absolutely blessed this year to spend many weekend days at Manning Park– playing on the slopes, teaching my son how to ski, spending time with my family, and lately, learning how to snowboard (which could be a whole other blog post!)
Manning Park has a wonderful cafeteria where families can eat their packed lunches, and I wanted to share what I usually pack for for food for the day. This type of meal prep is also good for road trips, lazy days at Cultus, or pretty much any adventure.
Here are a few of my basic principles:
1. Keep it simple. We’re there to play in the snow, not for a 5 course meal. And in general, we need less food than we think we do.
2. Keep it light. Food gives energy, but only to a certain extent. If you eat too much, you’ll be less likely to want to work hard on the slopes in the afternoon.
3. Have good equipment: a large soft shell cooler, cooler packs and containers! I also packed a few spoons and forks, and a steak knife for cutting the salami and cheese. (I didn’t bother with cooler packs as we were in winter weather, but otherwise would have packed cold packs in the cooler).
Here’s what I packed on this particular outing:
- Chopped raw veggies
- Hard boiled eggs
- Bananas (my son likes them a lot)
- Apple slices
- A jar of natural peanut butter (my son will usually have peanut butter on banana slices)
- Salami (any dried meat will do well, such as jerky)
- Homemade guacamole (store with the pits in to keep the guac green)
- Missing from photo: tortilla chips for the guac
- Homemade almond flour brownies (we’re currently testing a gluten and dairy free diet for the kiddo- so there’s got to be some perks 🙂
We often pack hummus too, or a thermos of soup.
Obviously we don’t eat all the food, but its just as easy to put back in the fridge when you get home and to bring out for the next trip!
I hope this inspires you to eat well on your next adventure. I’d love to hear what you pack for your outings. Comment below!
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