Tips For Eating Healthy On The Go!

eating on the go

Sometimes I feel like I LIVE in my car! Which is really no way to live! The problem with the car being your “second home” is your options when it comes time to eat are definitely limited! With a fast food joint on every corner, the temptation to “drive-thru” is ever-present. And we all know how much “healthy” fast food is available through the drive-thru. Not much.

Nowadays I make sure I ALWAYS have snacks in my bag when I hit the road. Not only does it save me from making less healthy choices when I get hungry, it also saves me time and money!


drive thru

Despite its’ convenience…running through the drive-thru STILL takes time (and if you’re me you ALWAYS get stuck behind the vehicle ordering food for an entire Little League team!) It also takes $$$! And there’s nothing more frustrating that having to PAY for food you are forced to eat in an eating emergency.

So here are a few tips and tricks for eating healthier when you’re on the go!


Pack a Snack!


We often think of packing a LUNCH to take to work or school, but even if you’re just running errands or on your way to or from work or school, you never know when hunger may strike! Be prepared with healthy treats.


snacking on the go

Lately my go-to snack has been Triple Berry Newtons. When I am driving to meetings (that are always at least 30 minutes away from my house) I will throw several in this “stylish case” I found in the cereal aisle of my grocery store and tuck it in my purse. (It’s actually a plastic “Pop-Tart” container that I pried the front off of.)


snacking on the go

It’s comforting to know that no matter WHERE I am, I am covered if the hungries strike!


Stock Up On Snacks


If you have a work fridge, an office drawer, a locker, or a book bag – fill it up with easy to grab snacks.


snacking on the go

100% Whole Grain Newtons are great for keeping in an office drawer or a locker. If you decide to keep some in your purse, just make sure you put them in a side pocket rather than in the bottom of your bag (or try the “stylish Pop-Tart container”). I speak from experience on this one! There are few things more disappointing than to find a smooshed snack bar in the bottom of your purse. Of course if you’re REALLY hungry…they still taste fine! :-) Again, the voice of experience speaking.


eating on the go

Other great choices would be whole grain crackers, dried fruit (mangos, raisins, cranberries, etc), almonds (another personal favorite!), sunflower seeds, baked veggie chips….and so on. I think you get the idea. Things that are healthy AND handy and don’t require being kept hot or cold.


Pack Ahead Of Time


When you are getting ready to leave the house, mostly likely you are in a hurry! Well, I guess I shouldn’t assume that. You could be a very organized person! Let’s just say…if you’re like ME, you’re most likely in a hurry.


late for work

And when you’re in a hurry…all the best intentions go out the window! Including packing a snack! But if you have taken time the night before, or the weekend before, to strategically stash some snacks in your purse, book bag, office desk or car, you are covered even if you are having to make a mad dash out the door!

It’s all about being prepared. It takes extra time but it pays off in the long run. Make healthy snacking EASY and you set yourself up for success!

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What are YOUR tips for eating healthier when you are on the go?




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  1. says

    I take peanut butter filled saltines in a zip-lock bag, an apple, and water. And oh yes, a couple of Hershey’s Mini’s (dark chocolate w/almonds). Gotta have a fix for that sweet tooth! It makes a handy lunch-on-the-go.

  2. Kristi T says

    Almonds-my new fav! Especially the new flavors, Jalapeño Smokehouse and Habanero BBQ – and it also helps me drink all my water! :)

  3. Sandra says

    :( Ashamed to say, I never pack snacks and always end up at the drive thru. If only I would heed your advice!

  4. Joyce says

    I keep bottles of water in the trunk so I always have them handy. Jillee’s granola recipe has become a favorite plus I’ll buy single serving crackers, etc. just for on-the-go. I like bananas too…it’s just not good if you forget them in the car…lol!

    • Andrea says

      I used to keep bottled water in the trunk of my car as well. Until, that is, I read some article somewhere (sorry can’t remember where) that it wasn’t a good idea to store bottled water in a high heat environment like the trunk of the car or an uncooled laundry or storage room, It had something to do with the heat releasing chemicals used in the plastic of the bottle. Don’t know how true the article was but I also started noticing that my water started tasting like the plastic bottle after being stored for a while in the trunk or the back seat. Yuck! I stopped keeping it in the car after that.

  5. Jaime says

    I keep a bag of Love Crunch granola in the truck at all times. It’s kinda sweet, crunchy and very satisfying! Perfect on-the-go snack for us.

  6. says

    I have been into healthy smoothies but they are not easy to pack and go but I try to drink one for breakfast as often as I can…..they are filling and I dont find I want to snack as often. I do buy individual size bags of trail mix and dried fruit that i leave in my bag at all times with a bottle of water. Love all of your tips….health news/favorite things…

  7. Laurat99 says

    I always bring an insulated tumbler filled with ice water (my preferred drink) with me in the car. I see so many friends wasting their money with drinks from the drive thru or convenience store.

  8. Tiffany says

    I always make sure to pack a snack for my munchkin when we go run errands. Sometimes it’s Cereal, craisins, raisins, crackers, fruit leather, just to name a few. Gotta keep that girl happy!

  9. Aimee says

    Hi! Don’t see the disclaimer at the top of this post that you’d said in the past (in the comments section of your post about Newtons two months ago in Feb) would be on the few sponsored/advertisement posts you did…

    • mdoe37 says

      And maybe she really likes Fig Newtons, plain and simple. Not everything is an advertising conspiracy.

      * ** ** * *
      now my response to the original post

      I’m really bad about keeping things with me. Especially, something to drink. I’m so accustomed to just grabbing something at the checkout…and I have bottled water by the garage door!!!

  10. says

    My go-to snack is bananas. Yummy, filling and easy to grab when you are running out of the house. I suppose any other fresh fruit would work too (grapes, cuties, apples) but bananas are the comfort food of the produce section – they really fill you up. :)