We travel quite a bit for my son’s soccer games.
When we first started out I failed to plan food and we ate out a ton and we got whatever was fast and close by. If you have ever traveled for kids sports then you know that these weekends are usually in remote areas and/or they are so jammed packed with games and meetings that you don’t have time to explore to find good food; therefore you eat crap.
In addition, I have to consider fueling my little athlete with the right foods because what is the point of it all if he is going to eat poorly and be sluggish during the whole tournament?
fail to plan then you plan to fail
I have learned through my meal prepping that I have to prepare for these types of weekends.
I grew up on all the fast food joints. Don’t get me wrong. I liked Burger King’s burgers but McDonalds fries. But now with how clean we eat, I can hardly bare to walk-in to fast food place. Especially when I know what it is going to do to my stomach! So instead, I make everyone a little lunch box for the ride down. These little lunch boxes by Ziplock are perfect. They are easy for the kids to hold and have separate compartments. I make them fun and interesting enough that no one feels deprived.
I also pack everyone snack bags of their favorite bars, jerky, nuts and dried fruit. The cooler gets filled with La Croix so that the boys get their fizz fix that they like from soda. I also pack a ton of fruit in the cooler.
Then there are the items I pack to make lunches and snacks while I’m at the games. I think about foods that will give Logan the energy he needs without slowing him down.
When I go to a soccer tournament, I don't stress about food because I am prepared. I do not have to waste time searching for a store or waste calories by eating fast food.
Don't get me wrong, we still eat out but it is for local fare and food that is "worth it". I don’t miss a chance to get Cuban food when in Florida!!!