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Crockpot Chicken Tacos and On-The-Go Cooking

Crock Pot Chicken and on-the-go CookingWhen traveling, it is nice to have a few tasty and quick meals to eat on the fly. Crockpot Chicken Tacos are a favorite whether we’re at home or on the road, and leftovers (if there are any!) make a great topping for Taco Salad.

To make the process easier, I prepare my slow cooker meals before we leave home and then freeze them in large zip-top bags. They travel well this way in a good cooler, and then they can thaw in the mini fridge in the hotel. Clean up is easy and I don’t have to worry about bringing seasonings and extras since they’re already in the bag! Just dump into the crockpot and go.

chicken taco recipe from Beeyoutfiful.comCrockpot Chicken Tacos

1 lb of Boneless Chicken Breast, cut in chunks
1 cup Chicken Bone Broth
3 -4 Tablespoons of Taco Seasoning (see recipe below)

Place ingredients into a slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Shred with a fork when the meat is cooked through.

We bring either salad fixings for taco salad or taco shells for traditional tacos. Toppings can be shredded lettuce, tomatoes, olives, cheese, salsa, and avocados or guacamole.

Taco SeasoningTaco Seasoning Recipe with Spices from Beeyoutiful.com

¼ c Chili Powder
1 tsp Cayenne Powder
1 tsp Red Chili Flakes
2 tsp Turmeric
3 tsp Paprika
¼ c Cumin
3 tsp Oregano
2 Tbs Salt
3 tsp Garlic Powder
3 tsp Onion Powder
2 tsp Black Pepper
2 tsp Arrowroot Powder (Optional; helps prevent clumping and makes a smoother sauce)

Mix thoroughly and store in an air-tight container.

Tips for Hotel Cooking

  • Buy a set of cheap cutlery and store in a plastic shoe box with a lid (or disposable utensils are nice, too). Don’t forget serving spoons and a can opener. Bring two sharp knives for any cutting needed. Wrap in a thick dishtowel and store safely in the box with the cutlery.
  • Use a small plastic box as a “pantry” with basic seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic, cayenne, etc.) to spice up any meals that might need an extra bit of flavor.
  • A small baking sheet can serve as a tray to prep your meal. The lips around the tray keep any messy liquids contained.
  • A few sheets of parchment paper are easy to pack can be used for meal prep surfaces on a counter or desk and are super easy to clean up and throw away in a hotel room.
  • Stow several dishrags and a small container of dishsoap in a large zip-top bag, along with several smaller plastic bags.
  • Make sure to bring extra bags or storage containers for any leftovers or to stash damp dishrags.
  • Bring along a good supply of disposable plates and paper towels!

What’s your favorite travel-friendly cooking tip?

6 Ways to Travel Well and Stay Well (Especially With Kids!)

6 WAYS TO TRAVEL WELL AND STAY WELL (ESPECIALLY WITH KIDS!)

Along with fun and excitement, traveling also brings a measure of stress on a body’s health and well being. It takes a toll with later nights, strange beds, hectic (yet fun!) schedules, and exposure to more people and places and thus more germs. There is nothing worse than being out of town and sick, except being out of town, sick and without your favorite supplies. It’s doubly awful if the ones who succumb are young children!6 WAYS TO TRAVEL WELL AND STAY WELL (ESPECIALLY WITH KIDS!)

Our family had a stomach bug catch us several years ago on the tail end of a long trip for my husband’s job. Having Tummy Tuneup, Activated Charcoal, Essential Oils, and Vitamin D on hand helped kept me from getting sick too, and we were able to get home quickly and recover.

Here are the strategies and items that I consider absolutely crucial in my family’s travel arsenal.

  1. When I get to our hotel room, I immediately plug in our diffuser. Optimally, I can add Eucalyptus Essential Oil and Bandito Blend into the Breeze and then we can go out for a couple of hours, giving the essential oils time to do their disinfecting jobs. But, since I have littles, I will usually turn instead to a child-friendly combination of Lemon, Spearmint, Tangerine and Thyme to diffuse. Those oils are less irritating to their little systems but still are effective at going after bacteria.
  2. I always bring a small travel size spray bottle. When I arrive, I add several drops of Spearmint, Thyme and Tangerine Essential Oils and then fill with water. I use this to wash down all the surfaces in the hotel. You can also pull down the beds and spray the mattresses, if necessary; just spray lightly and then allow to air dry. That, combined with diffusing into the air, will cleanse the room of the majority of potential threats.
  3. Before we go out in crowds, we prevent, prevent, prevent! If it’s summer, I usually skip the Vitamin D. But if it’s winter or we already seem a bit unwell, we dose up with Cod Liver Oil for extra Vitamin A and D. A dose of an elderberry syrup is next. And finally, we never travel without our probiotics! Our choice is usually Tummy Tuneup because it is easy to dose the little ones, and it’s shelf-stable so I don’t have to worry about keeping it refrigerated.
  4. In case our tummies go sour, we keep extra Tummy Tuneup, Activated Charcoal, and essential oils on hand. Our favorites are Spearmint (for anyone under 10), Peppermint, and Oregano, each well diluted in a carrier oil and massaged on the feet, lightly on the abdomen, and down the spine. We open a capsule and put Tummy Tuneup powder under the tongue. I use Charcoal to both treat and prevent the spread of upset stomachs; it’s highly absorbent and can quickly bind to toxins and move them out of the digestive system.
  5. If a nose is running, we dose up with our Berry Well and Vitamin D [LINK] and then keep a paper towel handy with a few drops of either Spearmint or Peppermint to assist in breathing. (I use Spearmint for children under ten and Peppermint for ten and over.) We also brew a big cup of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea to sip. All you need is your hotel room’s coffee maker and you are all set with hot water to make enough tea for everyone.
  6. Cuts and bruises! Busy travel days in unfamiliar environments can lead to more accidents and injuries than normal. I clean well with soapy water and then slather on some Miracle Skin Salve. For stings, bites, and sunburns, I bring along a baggie of dried Plantain (at home we often use the fresh leaves, but in urban areas it can be scarce or there is a possibility of pesticides). For fresh plantain, just chewing it up a bit and applying the crushed leaf to the sting or bites brings almost immediate relief. You do that with dried plantain as well, or you can make a poultice with hot water and the dried leaves.

While these items don’t chase away every chance of sickness, they do make any downtimes on trips a lot less stressful. Have we missed any of your favorite tips or products? We would love to hear your travel tips!

Stay Healthy Away From Home With Handy Travel Supplements

Stay Healthy Away From Home With Handy Travel Supplements from Beeyoutiful.com

Have you ever found yourself carefully packing your suitcase for a long overdue vacation and wondering which supplements you should bring along? Every time I travel, whether my destination is across oceans or across state lines, I always bring certain essential items along to keep my family healthy. My handy travel supplement kit includes Tummy Tune-Up, Activated Charcoal, Chew C, Digestive Enzymes, and Lavender Essential Oil.Stay Healthy Away From Home With Handy Travel Supplements from Beeyoutiful.com Tummy Tuneup is always in my kit because my entire family can use this gentle yet effective probiotic. I take it when I feel those uncomfortable gas bubbles pop up, and within a matter of minutes I feel better. My two year old takes it on a daily basis as part of her immune support. In fact, we traveled to Playa Del Carmen this summer and of all the children in our group, she was the only one who didn’t experience any digestive upset! I also open the capsules and give it to my newborn for colic, gas, and thrush. (Who wants to be on vacation and have thrush creep in? Not me!)

Activated Charcoal is another favorite soldier of mine. We use it all the time. Heartburn? No problem, have some charcoal! Stomach bug symptoms? No problem, have some charcoal! And the list goes on. It neutralizes excess stomach acid and absorbs toxins, stopping heartburn and other stomach issues in their tracks. It acts like a sponge, absorbing everything in its path as it goes through the digestive system. Use capsules for a mess-free option, or if you have the powder form in your kit, simply stir it into your favorite beverage. (Accidentally got into some poison ivy, or something more exotic? Apply a paste of charcoal and water to the skin to draw out toxins there, too.)

The next thing you need to throw in your suitcase is Chew C. I start taking it a few days before I leave for my trip, whether driving or flying. Travel causes stress on the body, leaving us susceptible to bacteria and viruses that in a well-rested situation the immune system might have fought off. Adding extra Vitamin C is an excellent way to boost your immune system, and Chew C tastes great for the whole family.

When I eat unfamiliar foods, as I often do on vacation, they aren’t always easy for me to digest. That’s why I added Digestive Enzymes to my arsenal. The enzymes help my body to break down the food I am eating for better absorption and less digestive distress. The high quantities of Cellulase and Protease help to maximize yeast cell wall digestion as an added bonus, keeping yeast overgrowth in check.

Lavender is one of the most used and best loved essential oils in history. It smells great and can be applied neat (without a carrier oil). I take it on every trip because of its antiseptic and antibiotic properties. On top of that, it can be used to relieve the itch of bug bites, help with relaxation, and soothe tired muscles. There are endless ways to use Lavender, so just go ahead and drop it in the bag too.

When you include these travel-friendly supplements in your bag, you can relax even more on your vacation knowing you conquered the most common travel ailments before you even left home.

What are your “can’t leave home without them” items? Have you used supplements while away from home? We’d love to hear about your travels!