Pack 4 waters. (or more) and some green iced tea. Green Tea sweetened with honey and spiced with fresh mint. This is the anti-oxidant drink for the next 24 hours. No caffeine, and it will keep feet from getting swollen (from sitting so long), it is refreshing and the mint keeps the mind open for all the fantastical experiences of the next few days.
Next, pack some almonds. Almonds will keep the blood sugar regular, no spikes, no lows. Almonds also keep the old belly from rumbling, will deter snacking on the other stuff people bring along (like Cheetos and Fritos and other nasty O things) Satisfied bellies also keep the mood up. So important on a 24 hour bus ride, don't you agree?
Packing some fruit is essential. Nothing messy like peaches or plums, something easy like a big crisp apple. You don't even have to keep that in a cooler. If leg cramps are a problem, pack a banana.
Okay now we've taken care of the snacks, what about a main meal?
The sandwich that isn't a sandwich (no bread) with Kate's World Famous Carrot/Ginger Dressing
4 large lettuce leaves (like green leaf or Boston Bibb) washed and dried.
4 ounces white meat tuna or chicken
1/4 cup shredded carrots
2 tablespoons chopped scallions, with just a smidge of the green tops
2 tablespoons slivered raw almonds
4 pea tendrils from the garden (to remind Kate of home and for nourishment and flavor) that is the top of the pea plant, the part that will grab onto the trellis. Don't worry, the plant will keep growing.
Lay the lettuce leaves out on a cutting board in front of you.
Top each with 1/4 of the tuna or chicken
Top each with 1/4 of the carrots
Continue with the scallions, almonds and finish with pea tendrils
Wrap like a cigar.
Put dressing in a small plastic container with lid.
Wrap each "sandwich" in plastic wrap or place in bottom of container with a tight fitting lid.
Pack with a freezer pack.
Serve by dipping into the dressing, bite, dip, bite.
The vegetables will keep the body hydrated. The protein will keep blood sugar even and the ever growling belly full. The ginger in the dressing is good for digestion and will ward off motion sickness.
Hurry Back to us Kate - but not before you have an adventure of a lifetime!
God Speed and good eating, always.