Eating on the go is easy: Just grab a bag of pretzels or a pre-packaged granola bar, and... done.
But what if you want to do more than just eat on the go? What if you want to eat... healthier? Eat... less processed? Eat… real, actual food? Doing this requires a little more thought and preparation, but with a bit of pre-planning, you can elevate your on-the-go game.
There are several situations we regularly find ourselves in where we tend to eat more processed foods based on pure convenience. We’ve come up with unique ideas for each one (which you can of course apply to other situations), so you can feel good about keeping yourself nourished — even with your busy schedule.
1. Air travelAvoid unhealthy and expensive airport food and prep a healthy meal in advance! Wraps are a better option than sandwiches since your tortilla won’t get soggy! Some of our fav airplane wraps:
- Fill a whole wheat tortilla with hummus, sliced avocado and arugula.
- Gluten free? Make a bread-free Club Sandwich wrap with turkey, bacon, black olives, and tomato in a lettuce wrap.
More of an airplane snacker? Just grab some Snack and Go! olives to eat on board. They're liquid-free, so you don’t need to worry about getting stopped at security.
2. Movie theatersWhy pay $9 for popcorn with fake butter on it? Make our Sweet & Spicy Almond Butter Popcorn before the show for a healthy and much more delicious movie snack.
Craving something in the fruit-and-veggie category? Make apple almond butter sandwiches! Just slice an apple into rings and fill with almond butter and granola. Catching a last-minute movie? Grab a four-pack of our Snack and Go! olives on your way out the door and share with your friends at the theater.
3. Road trips with the kids
Gearing up for a family road trip? Time to break out the coolers! Eating every meal on the road can be pricey and unhealthy, so aim to eat breakfast and lunch in the car. (Hey, you’ll probably get the car washed after a road trip anyway.)
Overnight oats are a great breakfast option that can be made in advance and will keep for up to 5 days on the road. Mix up the flavors — cinnamon apple spice, blueberries, and almond butter — you could even toss in a few chocolate chips to get your kids on board.
Pre-cooked bacon is delicious for breakfast or great in BLTs for lunch. Just cook it in advance and keep in a large plastic bag. Have gluten-free needs? Prep a healthy quinoa salad in advance. (It’s the new pasta salad, we swear.)
Stock up on bananas, apples, oranges, trail mix and Lindsay Snack and Go! olives for healthy car snacks. We recommend eating the bananas first since they tend to get a little smelly.
After you pack all the food, don’t forget the paper plates, utensils, paper towels and a few bags for trash!
4. Work travelWhen you’re booking your hotel, look for one with a mini-fridge. Make a stop at a local grocery store and pick up individual yogurts and berries, avocados, tomatoes and sliced wheat bread. With just a few essentials, you can make a delicious yogurt parfait for breakfast and an avocado & tomato sandwich for dinner. Grab a few mayo packets or bring some everything bagel seasoning from Trader Joe’s in your suitcase if you want to spice it up.
Need a midday pick me up between meetings? Pack a variety of Snack and Go! olives in your suitcase to keep you moving.
5. Heading out for a long runTired of energy bars and gels? Try making a roll-up-tortilla with almond butter and honey instead. It’s the perfect blend of protein and carbs to fuel up your run.
6. Quick trips away from home
Feeling that pang of hunger right as you need to head out the door? These are a few of our favorite quick-grabs to keep you satisfied until you get home.
- Lindsay Snack and Go! olives in black ripe, Kalamata, pimiento stuffed Spanish manzanilla and black ripe sliced flavors. They’re shelf-stable and come in handy snack size cups so you can keep a few in your bag for whenever hunger strikes.
- Make spiced chickpeas! Roast chickpeas with Lindsay Robust EVOO, smoked paprika, cumin, salt and pepper in advance and prep in small reusable containers so they’re easy to grab and go.
- DIY Trail Mix. Combine walnuts, almonds, dried cherries, dried apricots and dark chocolate chips for a protein-packed but fully satisfying snack.
- Hard boiled eggs, cheese sticks and edamame are all top choices, in our book, for healthy on-the-go snacking.