Vegan Mofo Day 2: Soccer Life

2 Oct

Day 2.

Shae’s on a travel soccer team this season, which means we spend a lot of weekends out of town and a lot of long days on soccer fields. Silas is the self-appointed team mascot, cheering from the sidelines and hugging all the players after a win.

This is serious competitive soccer, these kids train like crazy. But all the soccer fields sell is pure trash food. Lets fuel these athletes with fried foods, candy and sugar water! Yeah!

We usually bring veggie subs with us. Shae’s a big fan of Cliff Builder Bars to refuel in between games. Tons and tons of water.

I always have my bag of tricks stocked to keep Silas full and his eyes away from the junk everyone else is inhaling.

A few weeks ago, we ran across these gopicnic ready-to-eat meals at a gas station and Silas was instantly obsessed. A box full of little packaged (Express Lane for anyone living in vegan wasteland like us! They also have individual silk milks!) “snacks”?! Happy kid. He has no idea that lunchables exist, but I’m sure this is the same kind of enjoyment.

Go picnic makes 2 boxes that are vegan, one of which is gluten-free and nut-free as well.

His favorite is the one with sunbutter, crackers, trail mix, a cookie and fruit bites. He sets such a good little vegan example happily chowing down on protein and whole grains, not candy and chips!

We only buy these for soccer trips becaus almost $5 a box is kind of a lot when you don’t have a real need for it. So Silas uses a lot of energy begging for them. Once while grocery shopping, he pointed out some trail mix that “has animal stuff in it so it’s not for us” and created his own plan to make our own at home.

He had the most fun shopping and making it, loves eating it (duh, its delish) and felt so proud of himself. Details tomorrow!

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9 Responses to “Vegan Mofo Day 2: Soccer Life”

  1. BleuRoo October 2, 2012 at 3:04 PM #

    Oh, I’ve seen those gopicnics at Publix and a few other places! Can’t remember where else right now, maybe Target? Anyhoo, yeah, very cute idea 🙂

    • pbandkelly October 2, 2012 at 3:14 PM #

      What! Publix and Target! I haven’t seen them at either place and I basically live at both of those stores. Clearly, I need to pay more attention.

      • BleuRoo October 2, 2012 at 3:52 PM #

        Haha, I was surprised that you mentioned seeing them at the gas station, I was like “Ummm, hello, Publix!!”. Shocked you hadn’t seen them before 😉 I really don’t know if I’ve seen them in a while, but they used to just be in those little cardboard displays, usually near the frozen section.

      • pbandkelly October 2, 2012 at 4:04 PM #

        Ahh that explains it. I barely go into the frozen section! Now If it was in produce, I would’ve been the first to see it.

        I was all proud of Express Lane too. Giving me vegan food at 6am while my eyes were still all mostly closed.

  2. kittee October 2, 2012 at 6:41 PM #

    Your kids are just way way too big. How did this happen? And those boxes full of snacks look fun! Is there any way you could save the box and refill them with little containers filled with cheaper snacks and stickers??
    xo
    kittee

    • pbandkelly October 2, 2012 at 7:16 PM #

      Good thinking, Kittee! That’s just what we’ve been doing. He likes it just as much!

  3. Sarah (appifanie) October 3, 2012 at 7:36 AM #

    I’ve wondered about these! They have them at my Target (which is a Target “Fresh Grocery” as opposed to Target or SuperTarget) but they are pretty pricey. Here are the vegan ones at my Target – http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y132/ltlghiagrl/Blog/IMG_3343.jpg

    • pbandkelly October 3, 2012 at 8:26 AM #

      Oohhh the black bean dip one isn’t even on their website! That one looks interesting. The Hummus one is good except the trail mix has jalapeño nuts in it and Silas cried he hated them so much. I need to investigate my Target grocery area more closely! We do have a soccer trip this weekend.

  4. Mo October 4, 2012 at 2:04 PM #

    So great that they make these! I really want to find these somewhere. I will be checking out Target now.

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