Foods To Eat On The Go
While I don’t condone eating while driving, people do it so I want to help you, and everyone on the roads, to live a little healthier – in more ways than one. Below is (another) short list of some easy-to-eat-with-one-hand-keep-your-eyes-on-the-road-hand-on-the-wheel foods aka foods to eat on the go. This is also sort of an on the go health emergency kit:
Have in your glove box or in a cooler on the passenger side at all times a stash of the following:
- 2 forks and two spoons. We both know a knife is unnecessary as eating on the road has people eating like a savage and shoveling it in (lol). Better yet, pre-cut your food.
- A refillable gallon jug of water and reusable straws. Alternatively, cases of water bottles will do too but the latter is far too wasteful 🙁
- Napkins. Paper towels are mostly futile as you can’t use one hand to grab and hold the roll while the other tears a piece off
- Hand sanitizer
- Shaker cups. Make sure you take these out of the car after use and wash them because holy eff these can get putrid and unbelievably RANK! Vegetarian protein doesn’t have as much of that effect. I learned that tip at an ISSN conference by the hilarious Anna Lepely )
- A mini container of protein powder or MRP
Next up are types of finger foods that won’t help hinder eyes off the road and both hands off the wheel eating. These foods will help hangriness (that anger you feel when you get hungry) and prevent any fighting that will save even more lives via squashing (Mmmmm squash) road rage potential. I am not going to give you the typical bar and trail mix foods as those can often be too easy to get too many calories. Those foods are some good options out there but you have to be careful of how much you eat. Look for a macronutrient content of about 20-30g protein, 20g carbs with minimal sugar, 4g fiber, and under 10g fat if you do look for bars. Aim for ingredients you recognize for the most part unless you know nutritional science. I still say avoid the nuts and seeds and have them only with at-home meals in a more portion-controlled way.
- Seriously, Allegro cheese needs to fill my fridge with the amount I pimp them lol. Get some of their cheese, cut it into cubes, put in an easy to open container or container with tin foil you can easily bust through to grab the goods.
- Pre-wash and cut, or buy the kind already done for you, of fresh carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, peppers, etc. and keep in the car
- Do the same as above with fruits like berries
- Pack pre-cooked, sliced grilled chicken fingers or you can even buy pre-cooked, grilled sliced chicken at most grocery stores
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Ryviita crackers are pretty awesome. Have 2-4 of these babies with some of those cubes of Allegro and veggies and you have yourself a decent energizing, high fiber finger food snack.
- Quest Chips . Nope, I don’t sell these or get kickbacks. I personally tried this particular brand of “protein chips” and I liked them.
- Live Organic Food Bar has some yummy easy to eat snacks just watch the makeup of the snacks you choose. Look at the calorie and serving sizes on these as they can be quite high due to the fat content. Even if it is health-promoting fat, calories still do count. You can easily break off a few pieces of their food and dip it in a pre-portioned Greek yogurt dip that sits easily on that seat divider thingy.
These are just a few options that can help keep you on track, help you maintain your energy, and keep you a bit safer too.