When you stumble upon the kind of food Mecca we did this morning, a victory lap is in order.
The PeaceTree Cafe and Juice Bar in Moab, Utah was our road trip savior.
After last nights disappointing dinner, and even more disappointing conversation about the dinner, I was in desperate need of just a little food understanding.
Well we found it!
The Peace Tree, a charming cafe that is dedicated to true healthy food, offers a large selection of yummy nutritious food and definitely gets the Nutritious America stamp of approval. We were probably most excited about the full smoothie and fresh juice menu with super food add in's.
We knew today was our longest drive day, close to 12 hours,
so we decided to take full advantage of the offerings at Peace Tree and stock up for the day. We literally spent our entire days budget on food here and spread it out over the day.
I started with a beet, carrot, kale, and spinach juice that made me so happy I had perma-smile.
Karen started with an almond milk, banana, and almond butter whey protein shake. This alone deserved celebration.
Then we basically said, “how much money do we have left for the day?” and kept ordering until we reached our limit. Here was our menu for the day, now this is road trip food!
Veggie Burger: $9
– Hearty blend of mushrooms, water chestnuts, onion, carrots, green and red bell peppers, black olives, brown rice, oats
Tuna Wrap: $9
– Tuna salad with apples, tomato, cucumber, parsley celery and spring mix in a spinach tortilla
Quinoa Salad: $8
– Quinoa, red onion, cucumber, tomato, chickpeas, mint, and dill on a bed of spinach, served with parmesan crisp, a slice of lemon, and sprouts
Sweet and Salty Beet Salad: $9
– Marinated red and golden marinated beets, spinach, crumbled bacon, and chevre goat cheese, topped with parmesan crisps
Have you ever noticed that people who work around healthy food are happier people? After 2 days of getting very strange looks for asking questions about our food, Karen literally reached over the counter and gave the woman at Peace Tree a hug for her understanding and enthusiasm. I know that everyone we meet is not going to be super passionate about the food movement or our journey across the country, but wouldn't it be amazing if it was closer to normal to be inquisitive about the food that is your very sustenance for survival?
Part of my frustration last night was, my perception of this vast disconnect between nature, fitness, activity, and food. Moab is one of the most visually extraordinary places I have ever seen. It is littered with hikers, bikers, runners, rock climbers a mass of outdoor enthusiasts that relish in the activity and beauty that is Moab. Yet, when I asked about the food that would sustain all of these active outdoor-sy people (and myself) my questions were met with annoyance. Why the disconnect? All of this natural immense beauty but little to no interest in food from the land?
I, for one can say with pride that we were able to both enjoy the outdoor adventure that Moab had to offer and sustain our bodies with nourishing healthy food, thanks to the Peace Tree Cafe.
We started our day with a hike along the Colorado River and knowing that we were going to be in a car all day we added in; sprints with Willie, walking lunges, and a short yoga session.
We just arrived in Kearney, Nebraska, we drove through miles and miles of farm land so fingers crossed, we are hoping to find a farmers market!! Day 4 we are ready to kick your … !!!
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