When you are out running holiday errands, it’s easy to find yourself hungry and in the car. What do you do next? Stop for fast-food or restaurant fare? Pretty much anything you can bring along to eat will be healthier than that, and better for you than skipping the meal altogether.
I try to always have a box of some reasonably healthy bars in my car, and I keep a filled water bottle in there, too. Anything that can stay for weeks or even months in the console of my car and still be ready to eat when I need it is by definition not going to be the healthiest thing in my diet. But the best is the enemy of the good, and since packing a lunch is not always going to happen, I’m glad to have a bottle of water and a couple of bars.
Between my various food sensitivities and the junk ingredients I won’t buy, bar selection is pretty limited. Two that I can eat are Larabars (except for the varieties that have peanuts) and PomX Pomegranate Dipped in Chocolate Bars. Both have dates as their first ingredient. I pick them up at Costco or a grocery outlet.
Last week I did have time to think ahead and pack a few items, resulting in a lunch healthier than any bar. I managed to bring the snack pictured above, apple and hard-boiled eggs, along with me several times. It made a decent meal to eat while sitting in the parking lot. One day I packed dinner leftovers just as if I were bringing a work lunch from home.
For when that doesn’t happen, I’d better stay stocked up on those bars!