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Monday Mission: Take Real Food With You on the Go

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Real food on the go

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to resist the temptation to compromise on food because you’re rushing around or otherwise away from home when you’re hungry.

It’s the “real food on the go” challenge.

When you’re going from dance class to soccer practice or apple picking to a family reunion, it can be tough to keep the family fed with real food. When you’ve got 60 seconds before you have to hop in the car or you’ll be late to pick someone up, what can you grab that’s not in a package?

On the go is the trickiest time to keep fueled with the good stuff, and the key to success is all about prior planning. I don’t necessarily plan each snack in advance, but I do plan to make sure I’m prepared for when I’m unplanned – like when I have 60 seconds before I need to get out the door. Here are some of the things I make sure I have on hand so that I CAN be ready to go, with real food, that quickly:

  • homemade muffins, usually either the grain-free coconut muffins from Healthy Snacks to Go or these healthy pumpkin muffins (gluten-free version coming tomorrow!)
  • bananas or apples, if I’m lucky (or other seasonal whole fruits)
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  • dried fruit rolls, which I like to keep in my car so that I always have a little something in case of child “I’m starving” syndrome
  • nuts and raisins (I ask the kids to make their own trail mix when we have three minutes instead of one)
real food on the go
real food on the go

Keep It Simple.

It’s not a super long list, but it’s plenty. I pull muffins from the freezer and toss them into our reusable snack bags when we’re hurrying, so my prior proper planning includes making sure that these things are purchased, baked, stocked where we can get at them, and then replaced when we run out.

I keep to-do lists for the week, and the food lists include baking and food prep that doesn’t always have to do with a meal, like making baked goods and other snacks, and preserving seasonal produce in the freezer or dehydrator. Those tasks might be done during a meal prep if I can multitask, like baking a butternut squash tonight with our dinner biscuits, or during other times of day – with the kids in the morning, during naptime, while the kids are at school, or at night after the house is quiet.

Our sponsor Plan to Eat, a meal planning software that allows you to input your own recipes and plan them the way you want to, allows “notes” on the weekly meal plan calendar, which is perfect for inputting this type of thing, and there’s even a line for “snacks” so you could include the recipe in that way too. (If you’re a member of PTE, be sure to click on the KS group link to automatically be added to the group of Kitchen Stewardship® readers sharing over 80,000 real food recipes.)

real food on the go

So for this week, put something new in your to-do list to help you keep up with real food and fight packaged food, even when you’re super busy. If you have it ready beforehand, real food on the go becomes easy. I’ll be sharing not only the gluten-free pumpkin muffin recipe this week but also a homemade electrolyte sports drink (for when you’re REALLY “on the go” if you’re running some races this fall) and even a way to keep up on your supplements when you’re eating away from home.

**Did you see the bento lunch box reviews from earlier today? 7 brands, and only a few I recommend…**

Other KS “On-the-Go” Snack Foods:

Do you plan snacks? Lunches? Extra baking that goes outside the regular three mealtimes?

Note: Attune Foods is hosting a whole grain baking recipe contest judged by Chris Kimball of America’s Test Kitchen – I can’t enter because I write for them, but, dear readers: wouldn’t it be great if a traditionally prepared whole grain recipe won? The prizes are incredible (stand mixer, trip!) and I know there are some master bakers out there who would take the cake (literally) if they gave it a shot. Read more here and get inspired!

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That’s why we took the best 10 rookie “Monday Missions” that used to post once a week and got them all spruced up to send to your inbox – once a week on Mondays, so you can learn to be a kitchen steward one baby step at a time, in a doable sequence.

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6 thoughts on “Monday Mission: Take Real Food With You on the Go”

  1. Hi Katie,
    I was wondering if the coupon code is just for the e-book version or if it could be used for the paper book as well?
    Thanks for all you do!

  2. Wow. This is great! I’m on my own mission to eat real, good food and I’ve run into this problem time and again.

    Now, if you could just tell me how to make 2 or 3 more hours appear in each day….

  3. Cinnamon Vogue

    Having lived all over the World I like to take snacks from different cultures. Like Biltong from South Africa, Wasabi green peas from Japan, Murukku from India, Banana chips from Asia, dried seasoned tore squid from Japan and the list goes on. Visit an ethnic market and see for yourself some of the health snacks (not all) they have.

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