Vacation Snacks

It has been several years since my husband and I have had a “true” vacation together that consisted of a week of doing nothing, but relaxing on a beach with cocktails in hand. Yes, I know we live in beautiful, sunny, San Diego a half mile to gorgeous beaches, but it is not the same. The opportunity to lounge all day on the beach does not happen often due to this thing called work. This week we are going to Cancun, Mexico to celebrate eight years of marriage and to completely relax. It has been a very stressful and busy past couple of years so I am looking forward to relaxing and recharging.

The time leading up to a vacation is often the time people will “diet” and workout excessively so they look good for their trip. Then the journey begins and they forget the diet and indulge in whatever they want because they are “on vacation.” This leaves them feeling less than optimal and may even gain five or more pounds during a week vacation. However, when you have food allergies or digestive issues there is no eating whatever you want because you are on vacation. In fact, traveling can be very stressful and cause digestive upset by itself. This is why I feel it is best to be prepared and pack food with me so I am not left hungry or feeling deprived.

The resort we are staying at, Parnassus ( is an all-inclusive resort so food is obviously included. I am a little apprehensive about what my food choices will be, but I am confident that I will be able to find food to fit my dietary needs. It will be important for me to speak with the chef or wait staff in determining what will be safe to consume. Luckily, Mexican food is usually easy for me to eat (omitting the corn, beans and cheese) so I think I should be okay. Regardless, I am going to pack some extra snacks with me so I have some “safe” food.

Easy “vacation” snacks I am taking with me in my suitcase:

1)     Homemade beef jerky: Below is the recipe

2)     Small Ziploc baggies with ¼ cup of walnuts mixed with 2 tablespoons of raisins.

3)     Marcona Rosemary Almonds from Trader Joe’s.

4)     Packets of coconut oil for my coffee and almond and walnut butter to add to local fruit.

5)     A couple cans of tuna in case I am in desperate need of protein one day.