Welcome to summer! That peaceful time of eagerly anticipated days of family travel, endless queries of "Are we there yet?" and the search for meals on the road.
While I love to travel, it's often hotel and restaurant food that does me in. I can only take so many days of oil laden $18 (if we are lucky) pancakes and waffles, dripping made to order omelettes, and bacon on top of everything.
Being a mostly plant-based and dairy-free family (my kids are severely lactose intolerant making this an even more important issue to control) has its difficulties when searching for food to meet our needs. Then toss in our travel for Liv's competitive dance team and finding not only dairy-free foods, but healthy options to sustain her through 10 hour plus days becomes nearly impossible.
But that's where a little DIY creativity finds us making our hotel neighbors positively envious as they find aromas of fresh oatmeal pancakes drifting through our adjoining doors.
Yes, I've taken to traveling with my own griddle! A recent Amazon find of the Presto Liddle Griddle solved our breakfast issue with its small (read very packable) 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 inch cooking surface.
Traveling the last two weeks with Liv's team I planned ahead and pre-packaged several bags of our favorite pancake mix along with our new griddle. With Almond Milk and syrup in the cooler, our plant-based pancakes were ready in minutes, and I'm proud to say I actually had a knock on the door from our hotel neighbors (a team member) saying she could smell them through the door and to please tell her we had extra!
With ingredients including oat flour, oats, chia, ground flax, and banana, these pancakes set Liv and her girlfriends off to a good start before competing, and if desired, the addition of an egg brings even more protein to the meal. And... all for a small fraction of the price of the hotel restaurant.
Here's were I'm going to change subjects just for a minute and gush about our week! You know that dream of winning it all? The dream of scoring the highest score of the entire competition and coming home with an 8 foot trophy? Well... that happened!
|Pure excitement! National 1st Place winner... Best of the Competition!|
For those of you following on our Facebook page, this is the same number you voted on for the Industry Dance Awards and the girls send their sincere thanks.
But back to the pancakes... which I'm thinking may have fueled the beginning of their day so well that I may be partially responsible for the win ;). Whole grain, laced with cinnamon and banana, then drizzled with pure maple syrup. Hotel breakfasts just don't get much better.