Gas Station Lunch

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Whew!  We’re back in North Carolina – it feels like everyone in the world was traveling on I-95 today, too.  The rest stops were all so crazy. 


We did a very poor job of planning meals out before we left my in-laws, so we were stuck with two lunch choices:  Subway (again) or the gas station.  I opted for the gas station because, honestly, if I have to eat one more sub with raw veggies and cheese slices, I will die.  Melodramatic, I know.  But also true.  😉


So, gas station it was!


Here’s lunch – kind of random, but pretty decent.  A serving of dairy, fruit, veggies, and whole grains!  Just all in bottle and bag form. 🙂


I was pleasantly surprised with that V8 Fusion – it tasted like fruit juice but the first ingredients were veggies from concentrate.  I also munched on a Clif bar and a Cracker Barrel cheese stick.


A banana later on:


And, somewhere in South Carolina, I spotted a Dairy Queen billboard and forced the entire family to take an unscheduled pee break so I could get a Blizzard.


Now, I’m in the backseat with the pups.  I am so sick of traveling… but we’re so close.  Soooo close.


A dinner filled with lots of fresh veggies is calling my name!  Oh – and a new book.  I’ve got grand plans to start Running On Empty, a biography about a 57-year old ultramarathoner. 


Hope you have an excellent night, too!



  • Courtney April 24, 2011, 6:22 pm

    YAY! Im the first one to comment! That is rather exciting. But I totally hear ya on the “I’m gonna die if I have to eat anymore veggie subs from Subway/Jimmy Johns”. I was on a team trip 2 weeks ago and it was so obnoxious, I brought tons of Clifbars (Chocolate Chip PB Crunch=KILLER!). I was also really into the pb banana and bagel combo too! Safe travels. What kind of Blizzard did ya get? You can’t leave us hanging like that!

    • Caitlin April 24, 2011, 6:50 pm

      Heheh I love it when I’m the first commenter on a blog, too! So fun.

      I got a Resee’s! They have a new Toffee Cookie Dough one.

  • Allison @ Happy Tales April 24, 2011, 6:24 pm

    Yayyyy welcome back to NC! It’s so nice to return home and get back to normalcy. And I know this week is gonna be heaps of fun for ya 🙂

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 24, 2011, 6:28 pm

    I’ve actually found that I lot of gas stations have gotten really good about carrying healthy snacks these days! And I can completely understand the need for a blizzard after all that traveling. 😉

  • Lauren April 24, 2011, 6:31 pm

    Hey, that’s not too shabby for lunch from a gas station! Also I LOVE Blizzards, they are like my downfall. I’m never too full for a Blizzard…

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 24, 2011, 6:48 pm

    Gas station lunches are always my favorite because it is such a mish mash of foods. def get tired of having subway on road trips too!

  • JillToday April 24, 2011, 7:33 pm

    Haha. I was just going to say how can I vicariously live through you without knowing the flavor of the blizzard! 🙂

  • Christy April 24, 2011, 7:42 pm

    What type of blizzard did you get? They are my favorite.

    • Caitlin April 24, 2011, 9:37 pm

      Resee’s! The best. Which are your favs?

      • Christy April 24, 2011, 9:40 pm

        Resee’s, but their flavor of the month right now is even better. It’s like toffee cookie or something like that.

  • Sana April 24, 2011, 7:43 pm

    Oh god, I am actually craving a cheese and veggie smmmie 😉 But I am sure I will get sick of it as well! I would have at one today but subway was closedddd!

  • Ali @ Ali on the Run April 24, 2011, 7:44 pm

    I crave Dairy Queen blizzards all the time—and I swear it’s the ONE thing I can’t get in NYC!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss April 24, 2011, 7:53 pm

    Traveling canbe exhausting..but they’re always made better with random pee breaks for ice cream. 😉

  • Kristen April 24, 2011, 7:56 pm

    I just traveled as well. 13 hours in the car with my mom dad and 5 year old son. I completely understand wanting to be home!

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) April 24, 2011, 8:10 pm

    Those fusion V8’s have stuff in it that I would rather not care to drink, but I’ve resorted to it in a pinch. I love Subway (veggie max patty), but I’m sure it would get old.

  • sirenjess April 24, 2011, 8:11 pm

    Damn now I want a blizzard. I wonder if they have them in OKC, running a marathon there next Sunday. That would be a nice treat after.

  • rebecca lustig April 24, 2011, 8:34 pm

    very balanced lunch, i’d say!!

  • Molly @ RDexposed April 24, 2011, 8:38 pm

    I drove 5 hours round trip today and am wiped! Sitting and moving wrists really drains your energy.

  • BroccoliHut April 24, 2011, 8:51 pm

    Seriously–Subway needs to step it up on the vegetarian options. Would it kill them to offer hummus as a topping??

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 24, 2011, 8:58 pm

    Nice lunch!

  • kyndra April 24, 2011, 10:25 pm

    kind of a weird question . . . do you ever have tummy aches or weird digestion from bananas? the ones you show photos of are never ripe!

    • Caitlin April 25, 2011, 8:03 am

      Nope 🙂 I have a steel stomach.

      • Amber K April 25, 2011, 12:18 pm

        I need one of those!!

  • Christine April 24, 2011, 11:31 pm

    I have to admit I kinda sorta love 7-11. So many choices!

  • Khushboo April 25, 2011, 12:14 am

    I totally get your Subway feelings- I physically can’t even stomach the thought of eating another one- Subway overdose! You did pretty well for a gas station lunch, although the blizzard is clearly the best component!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 25, 2011, 8:02 am

    It’s sucks when you’re faced with such limited options on road trips! But it looks like you managed to make a pretty decent lunch out of your gas station buys. I love that lots of them sell fruit now. 😀

  • Donna @ Love, Run & Travel April 25, 2011, 9:52 am

    Seriously one of my most favourite places to eat in England is the gas stations, they are full of fresh gourmet sandwiches and fruit and even individual desserts!
    That blizzard does look amazing tho 🙂

  • Jamie April 25, 2011, 7:08 pm

    Did you know subway has veggie patty subs too? it is a nice change from the regular veggie and more filling

  • Kate April 25, 2011, 10:23 pm

    Your Subway have pizza? I’m in the midwest (IL) and we do (though not all over IL does)…

    Subway’s personal pizza is surprisingly REALLY good, and you can even put stuff on it..I like it with spinach…a good option next time you are stuck with the Subway option

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