WIAW Camping Edition!

I have slowly been getting back into the swing of things after camping for the last couple of days.  As I mentioned in this post I really wanted to try to continue eating healthy even while on vacation camping.  Eating healthy to change my lifestyle is a long-term goal that I am slowly working toward.  I didn’t want to let myself fall while on vacation.

I feel that I actually did pretty well.  I planned meals and snacks and took plenty of pictures of everything to document what we ate for a special What I Ate Wednesday Camping Edition!

Peas and Crayons

I did have time set aside to plan healthy meals and snacks for Hailey and I to take camping.  Plans changed a bit when Hailey became sick and came back home early from vacation with her dad.  A trip to the doctor, some wonderful TLC from my mom, and Hailey was all better and ready to go!

Grandma and Hailey

I want to pat myself on the back here.  Even though I ran short of time I still bought lots of fruits and veggies to bring along.

Healthy snacking for the car ride

We stopped at the grocery store right before leaving, and I chopped everything up at the campsite.  Yay me for not giving into “no time” and just buying processed junk.

I bought broccoli, cauliflower, celery, and carrots to cut up and eat raw with my homemade veggie dip.  Well, actually the recipe is from my Grandma Fran but I healthified (if healthified isn’t a word it is now!) it by using plain greek yogurt.  I love watching Hailey eat all of these veggies! It makes me feel so good knowing that good stuff is getting into her body.

I brought along chicken meat that I had mixed with taco seasoning.  It was leftover chicken that I froze purposely to bring along camping to make chicken tacos.

Ezekiel sprouted tortilla shell with chicken, spinach, tomato, avocado, cheese, and plain greek yogurt

I simply heated up the taco chicken in a tin foil pack over the fire, chopped up all of the toppings, and we ate!  Avocado is my new favorite taco topping!

While I did eat some unhealthy things like hot dogs, sunchips, puppy chow, chocolate, and soda, I really feel that I ate a ton better than what I would call “normal”  for camping.  I am super proud of myself and feeling great.

Even though it was super hot, we did manage to do a little bit of walking.  We also spent some time down on the beach.

The freezing cold lake didn’t bother Hailey much, but Jackson did not like it!

A typical meal for camping are “pizza things.”  I looked for a healthier way to make these and this is what I came up with.

I used this as the pizza crust

I used fresh mozzerella cheese but didn’t have time to shred it.  I tore it into chunks and it didn’t melt as well as it would have if it would have been shredded.  Still tasted awesome and Hailey loved them too!

I also had various healthy snacks for campfire time.  The munchies always seem to hit hard while sitting around the relaxing fire doing nothing.  I wanted to be prepared!

We also enjoyed delicious fresh grilled corn on the cob.  This turned out fantastic!

 All in all it was a nutritionally aware camping trip.  No rain, nice weather, lots of fun!  And I am super proud of myself for the way I ate!

A little piece of heaven

These past few days were fabulous!  I got the opportunity (thanks to my ex-husband!) to vacation up north at his timeshare for a few days with Hailey.  My ex had gotten an extra week and kindly offered to split it with me!  So, after Hailey’s dance recital on Sunday the two of us made the 3 hour drive up north.

I had not been there for about 5 years and it had not changed a bit!

Everything was just as beautiful as I remembered it.  The picture above shows the condo unit overlooking the lake.  The building has 10 condos with a pool and a hot tub in the middle.  They also have 3 houses and we stayed in this one pictured below.

I always enjoyed coming up here for vacation and every year when I was still married.  Hailey is lucky enough to spend 2 weeks every summer here with her dads side of the family.  A few months ago she told me that she wanted me to come up with her.  I said “I thought that was your special place with your daddy.”  She said she really wanted me to come up! Luckily enough a few weeks later the opportunity fell into my lap!  Thanks to a great relationship with my ex, I got to spend a glorious 3 nights and 4 days experiencing a little piece of heaven with just Hailey.

The view from our living room

ready for the beach!

We had such a wonderful mother/daughter vacation.  We laughed so much!  We read, we snuggled, we watched movies and ate great food.

Hot tub time!

We spent a lot of time at the beach, in the pool and in the hot tub.  Hailey built a huge fort for us in the living room one day and we both played in it.

ba baam!

hanging out in the fort!

Chocolate covered strawberries and marshmallows

fondu fun!

chocolate milk cheers!

It was so nice to be out in the middle of nowhere enjoying beautiful views and fabulous weather.

aaaahhhhh

We were so deep in the middle of nowhere that we had no cell phone reception or internet connection.  It was so nice to truly unplug from the distractions of everyday life and just be there together enjoying a little piece of heaven.

our view when we woke up from our nap,

on our deck

We had such a wonderful time.  Hailey’s dad came up Wednesday afternoon for the rest of the week with her and I made the 3 hour drive home.

I am so happy to have had this opportunity to spend all of this one on one time with my daughter at such a beautiful place.

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