Saturday was my last full day at camp. I’m definitely feeling a little sad to leave my parents, the campers and our wonderful staff this year. The kids are there until next Saturday, but I’ll be working at my full-time job this week.

7:00 am: sleep in day! 45 minute walk – I have to walk in the morning at camp – it’s typically my only quiet time and I definitely need it.

8:00 am: Coffee with Mom and prep work for the day! We don’t have Dunkin Donuts in Minneapolis and it’s a favorite so I went every day last week. :)

9:00 am: Cooking breakfast with some of the kids. On the menu: Endeavor Egg Sandwich – whole grain english muffin + egg + slice of cheese + tomatoes served with green juice! (All the kids tried the juice and with the exception of one – they all loved it!)

Saturdays are a less-structured, more-relaxed schedule at camp so the morning rotations were various “choice” activities like  a restorative/relaxing yoga class (dubbed “not emily yoga”), a read-in, skill development: wrestling and a beaded bracelets exercise with a special guest.

Lunch: salad greens + veggies + garbanzo beans + tuna salad and celery + peanut butter.

After some pool time it was back to the kitchen for cooking and a few snacks: a Kashi cookie and grape kombucha for a much needed burst of energy. :)

The afternoon cooking session was all about preparing some salads for our cookout dinner – unfortunately they didn’t go over too well and I kind of felt like a failure. Here I was, thinking they would enjoy a break from salads (we have a salad bar at lunch and dinner) but the summer salad and honey mustard coleslaw were not hits. Boo. :(

Dinner: hamburger + sauteed onions + lettuce + tomato and summer salad + honey mustard coleslaw + carrots & celery with homemade ranch dip.

Dessert: handful of m&m’s while preparing the trail mix bar for the kids evening snack to go along with their hoe-down party.

11:30: collapse in a hot cabin.

13 Comments (Reply )

  1. Faith @ for the health of it
    Jul 11, 2011 @ 8:29 am

    Aww, it’s sad that they didn’t like those salads – they looked absolutely awesome to me! At least they tried the green juice, which is super awesome! I know the kids I used to teach would never have touched a green smoothie or juice unless I paid them…and even then its a stretch!


    • Emily
      Jul 11, 2011 @ 9:56 am

      I was proud that they all tried the juice and happy that almost all really liked it! (They were a little nervous, I could tell! :) )


  2. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    Jul 11, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    Too bad about the veggies not going over well at dinner time — everything looks great!


  3. L. Marie
    Jul 11, 2011 @ 9:31 am

    You like Dunkin?!?! I am looking forward to my move back to MSP to get away from all the Dunkin’s here in Boston!


    • Emily
      Jul 11, 2011 @ 9:54 am

      I do – hazelnut coffee!
      But I also LOVE the Minneapolis coffee chains as well and frequent them on a regular basis. :)


  4. Emily Malloy
    Jul 11, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

    This is GREAT!


  5. Maris(In Good Taste)
    Jul 11, 2011 @ 4:27 pm

    Very lucky kids to of had the week with you


  6. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Jul 11, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

    I think it’s so great that you work at a special camp like that! Cooking for kids is so hard. Even cooking for my nephews is hit or miss- they love kale chips but won’t touch mashed potatoes. What is THAT about?! :) It sounds like you got them to try some new, healthy stuff, though, so that’s a big victory!


  7. Erika @ Dr.TriRunner
    Jul 11, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

    Um… if all that classifies as “camp” food, then I wanna go! It definitely looks different than my recollections of summer camp. ;)


  8. Katie@Real Food Katie's Way
    Jul 11, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

    You are doing such amazing things!!! Inspiring others to change their family trees is what you are doing…Years down the road those kids are going to look back and be grateful to have such an opportunity!


  9. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!
    Jul 11, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

    Maybe you could get my husband to try green juice next!!! Your camp looks like so much fun! I wish I could work there. If you ever need a group exercise instructor, you just give me a shout! :)


  10. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Jul 12, 2011 @ 6:41 am

    Wow – that looks pretty good for camp food! your campers are so cute. :)


  11. holly
    Jul 12, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

    soooooo sad i wasn’t able to make it out for camp! seriously. i am going to have to come next year, because it all looks like SO SO SO much fun! glad you had a great summer at camp :)


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