After talking with many people, the one thing I hear over and over when asked, “what is the hardest thing about giving up grain/wheat/sugar?”, overwhelmingly the answer is “when I’m on the go”. Our culture is so used to running, sprinting, speeding to the next thing that food becomes an after thought. I’m not down playing this, although a little slowing down and relaxation never hurt anyone (that is one of the primal tenets afterall), but it does require some thinking so you don’t grab that twinkie or handful of cheetos while you are on the go and your stomach is hitting empty.
You’ve already learned by now that the Primal lifestyle takes some thinking, planning and cooking. So, it’s going to take that when you are on the go as well. However, you can plan ahead so that you will have a stash of easy to grab, throw in your bag snacks and meals that won’t mess up your primal eating or your digestion (if you know what I mean).
Here is my ever-growing list:
1. Nuts. Almonds, macadamias, walnuts, cashews, pecans, etc. (peanuts are actually a legume)
2. Almond butter (you can make your own or buy it pre-made) with banana and slice of good quality cheese is one of my favorites!
3. Avocados. These little green guys pack a punch of good fats that will get you to your next meal. If you don’t carry a knife with you (I don’t), you can cut the avocado in half, take the pit out and just throw a spoon in your bag for easy scooping!
4. Primal Trail Mix
5. Cottage Cheese (if you can tolerate dairy) Great topped with berries or peaches.
6. Hard Boiled Eggs. (You think you know how to peel it, until you try. Here’s a how-to.)
7. Canned Tuna or Salmon
8. Pork Rinds (from a good source)
9. Jerky (Here’s how to make your own) And if you don’t want to take the time to make your own, you can spend a little more money and buy it from here.
10. Veggies (grape tomatoes, carrots, celery, red cabbage, cucumbers, peppers, etc.) You can even make your own dipping sauce and put it in a small tupperware.
11. Coconut Flakes or Coconut Chips
12. Fresh and Dried Fruit (Berries are the best source)
13. Full-Fat Yogurt (again, if you tolerate dairy). Top with berries, coconut flakes, or chopped nuts.
14. Dark Chocolate
15. Almond Banana Pancakes or Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes
16. Carrot Muffins
17. Buttercup Bars
18. Nourishing Protein Bars
19. All Natural (no artificial ingredients) Fruit Leather or Make your Own
20. Black/Green Olives. I’m not the biggest fan, but I wish I was, they are so good for you!
Now you have no excuse to not eat well while traveling ;). I’m sure there are many things that could be added to this list as well. Happy traveling! And below is what day 15 of the New Year’s Challenge looked like in our kitchen.
Breakfast – scrambled eggs with cilantro and salsa, 2 slices of bacon, black coffee
Lunch – Homemade Beef Stew
Dinner – Leftover Beef Stew & for dessert, a couple spoonfuls of Full Fat Plain Greek Yogurt with chopped walnuts
What are some of your favorite snacks on the go?