Meals on Wheels: Four Simple Tips for Dining in Your Car
Got one of those jobs where you are constantly grabbing lunch from behind the wheel? I've been there. Following are four simple tips to keep your sanity.
Low mess grab and takes.
These are things you can put in small sealable containers and basically eat as finger food. You may recall when I introduced the concept via the Brown Bagging in Style article. Grab and takes are anything easily packaged for a quick snack on the fly. Normally, I take this to mean things like pretzels, popcorn or cereal mixes. I suppose technically this could include finger foods as well such as precooked chicken nuggets or breakfast cookies . Linsey Knerl's pumpkin seeds would also be a winning idea.
Long lasting, prepackaged non-perishables.
I'm not much for convenience foods, but if I have to choose between protein bars and a drive through burger with regards to cost and health, then I have less of a problem dishing out for the prepackaged goodies. Snack cracker packs and containers of nuts would also work. These are also helpful to keep a stash of in your car for days when you are just too rushed to pack a single thing. Andrea Dickson also did a post on this a while back. You may want to check it out.
Travel mugs and other portable beverage containers.
Coffee, smoothies, water and green tea can all be carried successfully with this eco-friendly and frugal method. Lots of stylish ones are on the market to increase the wow factor.
Hot dog rolls to the rescue.
Learned this sandwich idea from a science author and his wife that used to live up the road from us. They were on the road frequently with book tours. Mixing up tuna, egg, chicken or ham salad and putting some into basic whole wheat hot dog buns was how they ate while driving down the highway or sitting at a rest stop. They are long and narrow, making them easy to hold, and the bottom side is always closed, reducing the chances that your lunch sandwich filling will end up in your lap. How cool is that?
Got any other road warrior tips? Post away so the rest of us can benefit. I don't have to do the car meal thing so much anymore, but when I do, these are some of the tips that make it a bit easier.