Paleo/Primal/Gluten-Free Grab & Go Food
Holiday time often means travel time. This can be a frustrating time when you can’t or don’t want to eat any ole thing that’s edible. Just because something is edible doesn’t mean that it is life giving. We should not have to resort life-sucking, nutrient-lacking food just to fill our bellies, nor do we want to feel deprived. Our best option is nutrient-rich food that will energize, nourish, and satisfy.
It is easy to get upset, feeling like there is nothing to eat sometimes. Therefore, in this post I am going to take the brainwork out of it for you by creating this nifty list of ideas that you can print and tape in your cupboard.
All of the below are Paleo/Primal compliant and those with asterisks are autoimmune protocol (AIP) compliant. Most of the ideas are gluten-free/dairy-free, but make sure you check out the individual brands if I did not specify a brand. And of course, bring water.
Grab & Go Food Ideas
Celery *, Carrot sticks*, Jicama*, Radishes*, Cucumbers*
Red/orange/yellow pepper strips
Jerky (most commercial brands are not AIP), check for gluten-free brands
Avocado cut in half, bring spoon and salt*
Black or green olives*
Apple, whole or cut*, Grapes*, Blueberries*, Mandarins/Cuties*
Deli meat, bring the whole package or rolled up*, AIP okay depending on the brand
Hard-boiled eggs, salt
Canned oysters, sardines, or tuna*
Nut butters (Tiger Nut Butter *)
Nuts: Macadamia, walnuts, cashews, pistachio, almonds, pili (these are awesome!)
Sunflower seeds, pumpkins seeds
Toasted Coconut Flakes, unsweetened*
Crickets* (I am totally not kidding. They are delicious.)
Dark chocolate bar, 70% cacao or higher
Other Grab & Go ideas, but that need to be prepared ahead of time:
Homemade frozen food in individual containers may be an option too at times if you have access to a microwave. Soups, stews, casseroles, etc.
Freeze-dried food, put it into small mason jars; just need to add hot water for a quick meal. I have a friend who does this and also freeze-dries Pete’s Paleo meals. One minor detail though, you have to own or have access to a freeze-drier.
Salads-in-a-Jar: Stuff a bunch of salad stuff into a mason jar with a little side jar of dressing (a baby food jar is great for this). When you are ready to eat it, pour in dressing and of course salt, shake, and either eat it from the jar or pour out onto a plate.
Fat Bombs*, Google for a recipe (can be made AIP)
Other things you might want to include:
Insulated bag with ice pack
Fork, spoon, knife
Small paper plates
So you see, there is no reason why traveling, being on-the-go with holiday fanfare, or just running the extra errands during the holiday season needs to derail your food plan and get you off track. It just takes a little planning. You will thank yourself.