We had an amazing time in Boston with our family last week! There is so much to do and see in that incredible town. There was also so many things to eat! Had it just been Justin and I, we would have ate our way through every seafood joint in town, but that’s a little more difficult with 2 toddlers and food allergies on the mind.
In addition to all the fun, we also had to think about food. One, we have food allergies and sensitivities to address, and two, our tummies don’t seem to tolerate “anything goes” food anymore. For better or worse, our bodies truly do crave nutritious fruits and vegetables, especially vegetables!
Last week I spent what felt like an eternity packing clothes, shoes, beach gear, and toiletries.
Once those items were packed I had to focus on something else: food. Of course there were the usual snacks for the plane, but I also tried to bring as many “staples” as possible to avoid buying too much when we arrived to our hotel. So what did we pack and what did we purchase on site? Here’s our list…
We brought these items from home. Some were packed in my backpack and the “bonus stash” was packed in a suitcase:
- Nick’s Sticks
- Lara Bars
- 2 apples for the plane
- 4 “super butter” and jelly (almond butter) sandwiches for the plane
- boxed organic raisins
- organic fruit snacks
- almond butter packets
- almond butter jar (1/2 used and packed in suitcase)
When we arrived, we found the nearest health food store to pick up a few additional essentials. We took a short drive to Good Health Natural Foods in Quincy (amazing store!) to purchase these additional items:
- fruit (bananas, apples, grapes)
- organic baby carrots
- Enjoy Life cookies
- almond milk
- grass-fed butter (Justin is into Bulletproof coffee)
At every chance possible we fed the kids fruit and veggies. There were several times Finn actually asked for an apple or a banana. The answer was always OF COURSE!
While there was a few Dunkin’ runs (when in Rome…) we tried as much as possible to eat as healthy as possible at every chance.
After the Children’s Musuem, we took a short walk to Sweet Green. I would say 50% of the people we passed on the way to the shop had take-out salads, and when we arrived the line was out the door. This was clearly THE SPOT!
Let’s be honest, if I didn’t have two fading toddlers and a long T ride back to the hotel, I could have stayed there all.day.long. The District Cobb hit the spot.
My mom had the Kale Caesar which also looked incredible.
A few days later we were back out and about in the city at the Aquarium. We fell hook, line, and sinker for the “grass-fed burgers sold here” sign in their cafe. While it wasn’t quite the “healthy” vibe I had in my head, it was much better than it could have been and probably the best option within walking distance with two very tired and cranky munchkins. (The burger was pretty good.)
We went to the grocery store nearly every afternoon to pick up things for dinner that night at my Grandma’s.
Traveling with the ability to shop and cook is incredibly helpful while traveling, but if that’s not an option, be sure to consider the following:
- Pack as much “handy” food as possible.
- Request a mini fridge for your hotel room. This is almost always an option and worth a small fee, if there is one. (We stayed in a Hyatt Place which offered a mini fridge no cost in all rooms.)
- Call the hotel manager/director and ask about any accommodations that might be helpful.
- Find a nearby grocery store or quick mart for staples like fruit and vegetables.
- As always, when eating out, ask the wait staff about possible allergens before ordering.
Have you found other tips to be helpful with traveling with food concerns? Are there other things you have done to make food travel easier with small children?