Day 2 started with a challenge – a day at the waterpark with a few friends and their kids, and my almost 2 year old daughter.  After my morning shake, I decided it would be best to pack a cooler with healthy snacks and a lunch for us. We’re lucky that this place allows coolers, many places don’t.  That can be a challenge when you’re out for the day during the summer. I suggest packing a cooler anyhow and leaving it in the car, even if it means going out to the car to have your lunch. Many places do have picnic areas outside the park grounds. One of the reasons it’s super important to pack a healthy lunch and snacks is that there are so many unhealthy options easily available on site. And because many of these places make most of their profits on food, the prices are sky high.  If you can’t resist a treat or two, bring only a limited amount of cash with you, and choose your treats carefully.

Here’s what I packed for us:

  • Almost 2 1/2 litres of cold water
  • peaches and nectarines
  • yogurt and cheese string for her
  • quinoa salad (details after) with homemade dressing on the side
  • USANA Nutrition bar
  • Ginger snaps for her
  • avocado slices

A quinoa salad may sound difficult, but it’s really easy and packs nicely into a square container. I also brought a plastic plate to make it easier to eat. My recipe is simple, all measurement approx:

  • 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa (make it the night before so it’s cold)
  • 1/2 field tomato, chopped or 12 grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 hard boiled egg, sliced
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1/4 cup goat’s milk feta, chopped
  • homemade balsamic dressing on the side

This salad is SOOOO good. I promise. Just make sure you bring a fork and that there is an ice pack in your cooler.

I got some pretty exciting news today (no, I’m not pregnant) so I really wanted to celebrate with a drink! I didn’t though, but I broke my detox and had a bit of chocolate instead.  I figure my liver can handle the sugar better than the alcohol. Anyone care to comment on that?

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