Our BC Trip – A Whole Week of Healthy Eats (and of course, some treats!)

Hello! Today’s post is a collection of just some of my eats from last week while the hubby and I were on our British Columbia holiday!

Instead of snapping pics of what I ate in just one day – I snapped pics of many of the different meals I ate throughout the week! I didn’t for some reason though take a picture of one breakfast – not sure why I forgot BUT I ate the same thing every day for breakfast  – my favorite right now – oats, flax, cinnamon and berries with an egg white omelet on the side!

So here’s a whole bunch of my eats from our amazing week!

One of our first stops on our trip was DeMille’s Farm Market in Salmon Arm, BC! I LOVE this place – so many of what they have is locally produced, organic, farm-fresh goodness! We stopped there to stock up on goods for the week- and even though we brought a lot in coolers with us, we wanted to get some fresh local food to enjoy while we were there!

I just loved the sign on the store door! 🙂 I wish we had a place like this here in Edmonton – a farmers market ‘store’ that is open 7 days a week! How awesome is that?!

So our first loot of goodies from DeMille’s (we went there twice that week!) was a bunch of fruit including locally produced peaches, apricots, nectarines, blackberries, cherries, and apples, local golden beets, corn, and elk and bison patties (both very lean meats!) as well as a jar of pickled local vegetables!

This lunch was a grilled bison saskatoon berry patty over a bed of greens with tomatoes, snap peas, and BC blackberries. On the side I had two raincoast crisps, and dressed it with Dijon mustard!

That night for dinner I steamed up some of the local golden beets and pan seared prawns that we had brought from home that were spiced with my newest obsession – ‘Montego Bite’ jerk spice mix. On the side we had quinoa, asparagus, and avocado!

I brought my blender on our trip (yes, honestly!) so I could make my beloved protein smoothies/ice cream! This one was a mix of North Coast Naturals vanilla whey, frozen banana, and apricots that we got from the Market! I added ice, unsweetened almond milk, and a dash of cinnamonseriously delicious!

Mara Lake is the lake just outside of Sicamous, BC that we parked our cabooses on all week. It was seriously this gorgeous every single day (can I go back please?!).

We spent a lot of time during the week just relaxing on the beach, soaking up the rays, and doing some impromptu yoga!

Now if only I could figure out how to straighten out my arms….

For lunch mid week I made an open-faced sandwich with whole grain bread that I topped with organic free-range smoked chicken breast from Sunworks Farms (locally produced here where I live, this was another thing we brought with us!). I also had a little side salad. As you may notice… I eat a lot of salads! I love them as an easy way to get in veggies and fill me up just enough!

For dinner it was BBQ chicken breast, local corn-on-the-cob from the market, and another little side salad! Simple, super easy, and delicious. Some may think this is a boring meal, but I LOVE meals like this – easy-peasy, n0-guilt dish!

Dessert’ that night was another take on my protein ‘ice cream’.

I blended up some chocolate North Coast Naturals whey protein powder, with frozen banana, and a tablespoon of natural peanut butter. Then for just a little extra yum I crumbled up a cookie-dough Quest bar on top! – I just recently realized that the cookie-dough Quest bars contain sucralose (boo!), which I don’t like, so I’m going to opt for the other flavor bars that do not contain sucralose but are sweetened with stevia instead from now on! Hopefully they switch them all to stevia soon!

The next day we took on Hyde Mountain Golf course! It was a beautiful day and an equally beautiful golf course but definitely above my golfing skill level.. I lost a few golf balls... just a few 😉

I knew we would be on the course for quite a while so I made this snack to bring along and eat during the game. It was a good thing I did because all they had available on the course at the canteen was chips, pop, and hot dogs. Not my thing!

I mixed together some plain 0% fat Greek yogurt with about a tablespoon of vanilla whey and some cinnamon. Then I topped it with a dollop of natural peanut butter and I took some blackberries that we got from the market, mashed them up with a fork and mixed a little stevia in and poured that on top!

I popped it in the freezer, and by the time we were on Hole 8 on the course, it had thawed out perfectly!

On another day we had some leftover BBQ chicken and quinoa in the fridge so for lunch I decided to whip up this tasty chicken salad.

In a bowl I combined chopped cooked chicken breast, local nectarine, local apple, tomato, cucumber, quinoa, and a big dollop of Greek yogurt and Dijon mustard. I sprinkled the mixture with dill, salt, and pepper! It was a delicious, lightened up version of a Waldorf salad and the perfect lunch to use up the leftovers!

That evening we went out for our anniversary dinner – July 30th was our 2-year wedding anniversary, and this trip was really our only chance we had to celebrate it!

I checked out Trip Advisor and Urbanspoon and both recommended this restaurant – Table 24.

We were really impressed with the food and a lot of the food on the menu was locally sourced! I love it when restaurants take advantage of the great local produce to make delicious meals!

For starters we had the charcuterie plate with local cheeses, meats, pickled fruits and veggies, pecans, apples, and ciabbata bread. It was delish! Then we shared a salad made with arugula, wild mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and parmesan.

So yummy! I fell in love with the salad – so much so, I went out searching the next day for wild mushrooms and had to recreate the salad!

For our mains we both went with locally produced meat! The hubby had the bison and I had a sirloin. I substituted my potatoes for extra vegetables as I find when I combine potato and red meat I end up feeling way too full and bloated.

The meals were both stellar, and very well put together!

Of course, because it was a celebratory dinner – we topped it all off with a rhubarb crumble with two little scoops of locally made ice cream on the side!

Because we rarely ever eat out at restaurants this meal was truly a treat for us! I must admit though that I’m also glad that meals like this are far and few between because I have NO idea where my calories ended up for that day, but I can imagine it was way, way, way up there! It’s just way too hard to keep track out at restaurants compared to cooking at home – plus I love to cook!

The next day we went on a little winery trip! Up into the hills of BC we found Larch Hills Winery – and I must say, the views were spectacular and definitely worth the winding drive!

After some tasting, we ended up with two bottles of a very delicious Pinot Gris! We took in the scenery, walked through the vineyards then made our way back to the beach!

For lunch we had Gardein veggie burgers! I had bought a pack to bring along with us – although I prefer to make my own veggie burger patties I don’t mind the Gardein brand and they hit the spot! I had my burger patty on a piece of whole grain bread and we topped them with sauteed mushroom… and yep, you guessed it a side salad!!!

For dinner we finished off the last of our local corn-on-the-cob with some jerk spiced chicken breast, and more salad! This time I put some chopped apples in the salad for some added sweetness!

The next morning after my run I made another apricot, peach, banana protein ‘ice cream’ and topped it with some not-sweet Vanilla Galaxy Granola!

This is always such a delicious post-workout snack – some quick digesting protein and simple carbs!

For lunch it was my recreation of our Table 24 restaurant salad! I found some king oyster mushrooms and shiitake mushrooms at the store, and combined them in a pan with some white wine and these delicious local sunburst tomatoes!

The mushrooms and tomatoes went on a bed of arugula, and on the side we had grilled local venison sausage (from the farmers market), and a few olive and fig crisp crackers on the side – these were Flats by Pure’ brand crisps!

Here’s a fun little instagram video I did of the making of this salad (double click the picture above to play!) I love the new instagram video feature so much! Check out my instagram for more pics/videos of our trip!

For dinner that night we made a little prawn feast! It was our last night at our rental so we grilled up some prawns, the rest of the shiitake mushrooms, green beans, and a made a delicious salad. I added a piece of the whole grain bread for a complex carbohydrate and a BIG glass of our pinot gris on the side!


And that is it for pics of my eats!

I hope you enjoyed seeing all the different meals we mowed down on while on our vacation! I felt that for the majority of the week I really did eat super healthy, and then of course we had our treats here and there – I didn’t end up getting a picture of the Kettle Corn we ate (omggg yummmm!) because it disappeared so fast!

I try my best to keep healthy when I travel so I always make sure wherever we stay, whenever possible, I have access to a kitchen! We only ended up eating out twice on our whole trip and the rest were home cooked meals – a great way to save money when traveling too!

Have a wonderful Wednesday and stay tuned for a delicious summery recipe coming up on the blog next! 🙂


Nutritionist in the Kitch

Author: Christal Sczebel

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!

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  • Thanks for visiting our market,we really appreciate the input. We try hard to be priced fairly and carry as much local as possible
    Brad DeMille

  • Everything you made looks so fresh and delicious! My extended family lives in Salmon Arm and Gort’s Gouda cheese is one of the essentials I always make sure to grab when I’m up there – the red pepper gouda is divine! Looks like a beautiful trip through the Okanagan, and you definitely took advantage of all the amazing produce! Makes me miss it over there.

    • I love Salmon Arm!! 🙂 Ooo that gouda sounds amazing! Yes, we try to make a BC trip at least once a year!

  • Looks like a perfectly balanced holiday to me! Anyone can do strict dietary regimen or complete gluttony, but that elusive place of balance is about being able to savour those moments because you take great care of yourself day in, day out. What a gorgeous, memorable and delicious holiday!

  • Wow Christal, another GREAT read. And everything you made looks soooo yummy. Love love love your dedication to healthy eating!!

  • Hi I noticed you like to sweeten with Stevia. Have yu thught about using honey as a sweetener and if not why are you opposed to it? I switched to honey to sweeten my coffee for health reasons (can’t use artificial sweeteners) and was wondering if that is a healthy choice?

    • Hi Tania! I am not opposed to honey at all! I love using honey and as you’ll see I use it in a lot of my recipes as a natural sweetener – but I always try to go with a local, unpasteurized honey as honey is one of the most common ‘food fraud’ foods – meaning a lot of the time the honey we find on the shelves in the grocery store is not actually honey! Stevia is also a fantastic natural sweetener, and I like it as a granulated sweetener that is not lab-made or chemical, so I tend to use both! 🙂

  • Hi! Looks like you had a great holiday! Just wondering, what kind of dressing do you use on your salads? It looks like maybe none, but I just wanted to see what you recommend:)

    • Hi Amanda, It varies but this time we just grabbed one from the store – it was Renee’s Spring Herb dressing – sometimes I use just olive oil and vinegar, or just vinegar, a lot of the time I use dijon mustard. I also don’t mind some of the Bolthouse brand dressings. Usually if I’m going to buy a shelf dressing I look for something without added sugars and as much natural ingredients as possible! 🙂

  • What a great trip and an inspiring post about eating clean and healthy even while on vacation. Thanks for sharing!