It happened again this weekend. The family is traveling along the freeway, heading home – less than a two-hour drive – and my daughter announces she is hungry. Of course she is. She is my grazer, never one to eat enough during a meal time to sustain her more than an hour. And suddenly we all seem hungry, because hungry is apparently catching, like a cold.
As we pull into a fast food drive thru to order food that will fill our bellies, but with minimal nutrients and maximum chemical additions, I think to myself, it is time to get serious about the Snack Pack. My definition of the Snack Pack is a go-to bag of snacks that can survive outside temperatures, be banged around, and be completely ignored for days until it is celebrated for saving the day.
There are times in our lives when we are awesome about packing snacks. For example, back in the days when my kids were babies and toddlers. No one wants to be caught away from home with a hungry toddler, plus we are already carrying around a 25lb diaper bag, so in goes a bunch of tantrum-stopping (delaying?) snacks. Or on long road trips, we pack up a bag or cooler with food for the road, desperate to be able to go more than 50 miles without needing to stop. We plan ahead and save ourselves time and money.
But what about these day-to-day times when we are racing out the door to get someone somewhere by sometime and then run a few errands, and all of a sudden everyone is famished and grumpy and in need of something now. This is when we need the Snack Pack. I’ve packed mine up and placed it by my purse. Where I go, it goes!
Here are some things that pass the Snack Pack criteria:
- Apples (in the fall and winter)
- All kinds of nuts
- Raisins and all dried fruit
- Lara Bars
- Whole wheat crackers
- Brown rice cakes
- Individual packets of peanut butter
- Empty water bottle(s) (to be filled up at drinking fountains everywhere!)
Obviously there would be lots more options if you were packing this up each day and had a cooler, but sometimes that just doesn’t happen, so this works as a back-up. It would have saved us $17.00 and a load of junk in our systems if we’d had this in the car on Sunday. Lesson learned.
What do you think? Do you have a Snack Pack? What else could go in there?