I find myself eating out more and more these days when I book multiple appointments in a day. I appreciate that there are so many options available for getting food on the go, but nutrition and expense mean it isn’t always the best option. Many times if I plan ahead, I can be ready with […]
I find myself eating out more and more these days when I book multiple appointments in a day.
I appreciate that there are so many options available for getting food on the go, but nutrition and expense mean it isn’t always the best option. Many times if I plan ahead, I can be ready with food that I know is good for me, instead of a drive-through meal.
The catch, is having the right foods on hand, and containing them in a way that keeps food fresh and convenient.
If you use a cooler, the sky is the limit in terms of types of foods you can carry along.
But since, I don’t like carrying foods that need chilled, I purchased a bento-style lunch box with multiple compartments that is portable. These boxes help encourage variety, which helps you feel satisfied and full.
But that’s not all. I don’t just want to avoid fast food for the sake of avoiding it, I also want to have available what the drive-throughs don’t provide: low or no-sugar foods, whole grains, no heavy sauces or fats, low carbs. This is not easy to do in general, let alone on the road.
Some of the great foods I find to be portable and meet the above “qualifications” include:
For protein Jerky, nuts, cheeses such as Babybel
For a little sweet Almost any fruit will do. But don’t forget dried fruits too
For some carbs Think multigrain. A serving of Triscuits or Wheat Thins can give you a little crunch and pair well with cheeses.
Veggies Carrots and bell peppers travel well, Celery with peanut butter, Sugar snap peas and edamame, sliced avocado, cucumbers and tomatoes.
Other great choices include: trail mix, protein bars, granola, smoked salmon or other meats.
You can certainly play with your choices, but have your “lunch list” ready when going to the grocery store.
Another challenge when on the road, is getting enough water. I am astonished at the small cups that restaurants offer when you ask for water in comparison to the sweet drinks available on the menu. Keeping just one water bottle is not enough for the day. Carrying large-capacity water bottles or a thermos in the car can help keep water plentiful while driving from location to location.
A couple other things to remember for mobile eats: hand gel or hand wipes and napkins stored in a container under your car seat, along with plastic cutlery.
Plan ahead and eat well while getting there!