Eating Whole Foods While Traveling Full-Time

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Updated March 28, 2019
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It’s. A. Struggle!!

Honestly I thought it would be easier to eat healthy on the road. Little did I know that we would fall in love with camping off-grid in remote areas which usually results in a lack of decent grocery stores. I mean, finding out that the local grocery store is also a the hardware store is not something that even phases me now. At first it was shocking, but now I’m like… "Okay, that’s normal."

We’ve relied on granola bars for hiking and way too may processed foods to make it easier for us to spend less time in the kitchen and more time exploring. But that’s about to get flipped upside down. As of April first things are going to drastically change here in this Tiny Shiny Home.

My goal for April is to eat all real food. You heard me right! A long time ago, back in 2014 we did Whole30. I still remember how amazing I felt, but I also remember how incredibly hard it was for me. However, since we’ve been really good at intermittent fasting over the last year, I’m hoping that it won’t be as bad this time around.

Committing to something like this is huge for us. Especially when we’re in a different location each week or two. Finding a good grocery store is hard, food prep in a tiny space is maddening, but I’m determined.

I will make a meal plan each week and do my best to stick with it (something I'm not very good at). I’m hoping to share our journey both here on our blog as well as on our Instagram stories. I’ll be linking to recipes and sharing photos as well as what we thought of each meal. We have one kid who may struggle a bit so finding things that he’ll eat will be a challenge but I’m committed to making sure we have meals that all of us will like. Fingers crossed!

So, if you’d like to join us for the month of April in eating real food, we’d love to have you follow along! Comment below if you'll be joining us, and check out our stories on Instagram for meal ideas and how we'll be prepping food in such a tiny space! Use the hashtag #tinyshinyrealfood when you share your meals and we'll feature your post on our stories!

Since I already have a good idea of what I’ll make the first week, below you’ll find my grocery list and links to some recipes I’ll be trying the first week of April. Let's do this!


Grocery List

Somethings I need for these recipes I already have on hand. But here's what I'll be buying for the first week.


  • Chicken thighs - lots
  • Beef Strips
  • Ground Chicken
  • Ground Pork
  • Ground Beef
  • Flank Steak
  • Bacon (without sugar and bad stuff)
  • Applegate Turkey Lunchmeat


  • Avocados
  • Onions
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Small Red Potatoes
  • Cauliflower - 4
  • Bell Peppers
  • Limes
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Pineapple
  • Garlic
  • Jalapenos
  • Cilantro
  • Green Onions
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes
  • Basil Plant
  • Dill
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Broccoli
  • Red Cabbage
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Sprouts?
  • Pears
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries


  • blueberries
  • strawberries
  • mango

Cold Stuff

  • Butter - to make ghee
  • Eggs

Bottles/Canned Goods

  • Coconut Milk
  • New Primal Buffalo Sauce
  • Avocado Oil Mayo
  • Can of Green Chilies
  • 8oz Tomato Sauce
  • 6oz Tomato Paste
  • Pickles


  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Parsley
  • Pink Sea Salt
  • Dried Dill
  • Chipotle Chili Powder
  • Liquid Smoke

And there you have it! That looks like a lot of stuff! I'm sure our grocery budget will increase a bit, but we'll just dip into our 'eat out budget' since there won't be a whole lot of that going on!

This won't be easy. I'll likely want to punch strangers in the throat the first week, but I won't do it. I'll smile, I'll make delicious, real food and make each meal a celebration of health and happiness. So, who's with me?


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Ashley Longnecker

About the Author

Ashley Longnecker is the fiercely independent tattooed and dreaded half of Tiny Shiny Home. She's a woodworker, photographer and maker of delicious baked goods. She loathes schedules and makes every day an adventure.

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Posted March 26, 2019

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