Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Going seaside and packing lunch

Even though we are lucky enough to be on the water, it’s fun to visit the coastline down the road. Kemah gets a lot of press, and its neighbors are lovely, too. My daughter booked us in to South Shore Harbour in League City with a great view of the marina.  We walked down a hall with prom kids and I heard there was a formal military affair upstairs.
The morning walk and drive was the best part, with boats, pelicans, scenic views and tempting dining options everywhere you look.
When she was little, we had spent some weekend in the area, and now she lives right in the heart of these communities.
It’s always great when you grown kids are not too far from home.
Are you packing? Lunch?
Even grownups with no kids can get into the back-to-school lunch spirit. We played with a light-up, sound making R2-D2 lunch carrier that brought back all kinds of memories. That 0-Calorie wonder drink called Sparkling Ice comes in all kinds of fruity flavors and helps keep your lunch cool until it’s time to crack open that cap. I just shared strawberry lemonade with someone who liked it as much as I did.
If you can get to a microwave or a kettle, pack Explore Cuisine’s Soybean Noodle Soup, which is packaged with a separate salt packet and a little utensil. I loved the texture of these noodles, the vegetarian chicken flavor and the convenience. Here are some more packing tips:

Go Organically® Fruit Snacks: Tiny gummy drops can last all day. If you one who savors, like me, you can make a little bag of these last all day. Others of you may be go-for-broke gobblers. Enjoy your 70 calories any way you choose with these guys. I liked the flavor as they slow-dissolved on my tongue. You get a snack that’s: USDA-certified organic, made with real fruit purées and real fruit juices; a treat with 100 percent of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C; and a source of Vitamins A and E. They are  are GMO-free, gluten-free, preservative-free and made with natural flavors and colors from natural sources.
Love Olives - Gaea Organic Snack Packs: Times have changed. When I was a kid olives were pretty much of a gourmet grown-up food. Gaea's Olive Snack Packs are pitched as a healthy, low-calorie and 100% natural snack for your child to stay fueled throughout the school day, with zero additives or preservatives and very low salinity. How about sending kids to lunch with a re=sealable package of them: I’ve been savoring vPitted Green Olives Marinated with Chili and Black Pepper for days. Maybe your young ones prefer Pitted Green Olives Marinated with Lemon and Oregano or Pitted Kalamata Olives, 100% Natural and Sun Ripened. I love that they are 67 or 150 calories a pack. Please remember, parents, that you are entitled to this very gourmet snack for your own lunch. $2.49, available at retailers nationwide and

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