We’re Heading to a New Continent!

The time has finally arrived…we are off to Peru! We have been planning this trip to Peru since November and can’t believe we are leaving.  We are so excited to be going on this amazing adventure especially since we have never been to South America before!

On our honeymoon, we decided that we would take a big trip on our anniversary every year. So for, this is our 6th trip! We decided to go on more of an adventure this time. I have wanted to see Machu Picchu since I was in about 7th grade, so this is definitely one item I am extremely excited to check off my bucket list. Not only are we getting to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, we will also be spending some time exploring the Amazon in Manu National Park, sight-seeing in Cusco and Lima, and any other surrounding areas we can fit in.

Before we left on our trip, I wanted to share some of the Paleo goodies we will bring along for snacks. Since this is such a diverse trip, when I return I will be sure to include a post on what we needed and what we packed for our trip, especially for the Machu Picchu trek.  We will be trekking, camping, adventuring through the amazon, and also spending time in the cities, so we had to think about everything we would need for each setting, yet keep in mind that we need to carry the majority of this stuff with us at all times…not an easy task!

As far as bringing snacks along on vacation goes, I have learned that I tend to get hungry often, and when hunger comes along for too long, sometimes I get a bit cranky (okay, maybe hangry…), so It just makes things quite a bit easier to bring a few snacks when we are out and about for the day. Since we will be hiking a lot, and taking some long bus/plane rides on this trip, I figured I would bring a few Paleo goodies along to nourish and fuel us. A lot of the snacks below are what we would eat at home or at work as well, so they are usually staples in our pantry.

We always have a steady supply of Epic bars and That’s It bars in our house. Epic bars are a great source of quality protein and fats, and That’s It bars are made up of just fruit. Lamb and bison are definitely our favorite Epic bars, and T can’t get enough of the apple/apricot That’s It bars. We just ordered the strawberry/apple ones since we wanted to try it and haven’t been able it the flavor in stores. They are great! The Pure fruit strips/bars aren’t the strictest Paleo snack, but they are tasty, and an easy source of energy. I also picked up some Lärabars, dried apples, dried mangoes, Dang toasted coconut chips, and a put together a homemade a trail mix consisting of walnuts, almonds, pecans, macadamia nuts, sprouted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips.

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I figured this would be plenty to get us through those moments when we just need something to eat, even if it is to hold us over for a few hours. Doing this has made traveling so much more enjoyable and less stressful because it gives us time to figure out what we want to eat and find great places to eat, rather than just eating anything because we are famished.

I know you will miss me, but I will be off the grid for about two weeks. Aside from the fun adventures, this will be a great time to reflect, stay away from technology as much as possible, and just enjoy life in the present moment. A bit of a digital detox does a body and mind a lot of good!

You should definitely be expecting some great posts about the trip when I return!

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