Family Meals on the Go: 3 Recipe Ideas and Best Fast Food Choices

Family Meals on the Go: 3 Recipe Ideas and Best Fast Food Choices

Do you have those nights of the week where you are running to a sports practice or you have a family outing to some event and dinner at home just isn’t gonna happen? Me too. It makes life a little crazy sometimes. However, it doesn’t mean your only option is fast food. You can save money and eat a lot healthier by thinking ahead and making one of these meals-on-the-go ideas. Each will include a protein, fruit, vegetable, and carbohydrate source to eat your protein on.

Homemade Meal on the Go Options

Organization

First things first, you need to get some reusable containers. You can find some great, inexpensive options on Amazon, like these. I was able to find a great deal on containers through Groupon. So, search around!

Next, you will need napkins, silverware, water bottles, and plastic snack bags. When you get these together, you can put your crackers or chips of choice into the plastic snack bags, and store these in the car.

Make up your food and containers the night before. Store them in the refrigerator, and you will be ready to run out the door and eat on the go the next day.

Entrees

Depending on your family’s preferences, you can make one of these three options for a healthy “salad” to eat on the go. These work well because they do not need to be reheated and can be eaten on gluten-free crackers or sprouted chips. The following recipes are meant for a family of 3-4. So, adjust the quantities as needed.

Option 1: Tuna Salad

Ingredients
  • 3 cans sustainable tuna (packed in water)
  • 1/2 cup preservative-free mayo or grass-fed yogurt
  • 2 TBSP preservative-free, additive free relish or sriracha
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  1. Open the cans of tuna and drain the water.
  2. Place the tuna in a bowl, and flake it with a fork.
  3. Add the mayo or yogurt, relish, salt, and pepper.
  4. Stir, and portion out into containers.

Option 2: Egg Salad

Ingredients
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup preservative-free mayo or grass-fed yogurt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  1. Hard boil eggs
  2. Cool and peel the eggs.
  3. Dice eggs into small pieces.
  4. Place the eggs into a bowl.
  5. Add the mayo or yogurt and seasonings to the bowl.
  6. Stir, and portion into containers.

Option 3: Chicken Salad

Ingredients
  • 1 lb chicken (baked or rotisserie chicken from the store)
  • 1/2 cup preservative-free mayo or grass-fed yogurt
  • 1/4 cup celery
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  1. Bake chicken at 350 F for 25 minutes, or purchase a rotisserie chicken from the store.
  2. Dice chicken with a fork and knife.
  3. Add the chicken to a bowl.
  4. Dice the celery, and add it to the bowl.
  5. Add the cranberries to the bowl.
  6. Add the mayo or yogurt along with the seasoning.
  7. Mix, and portion into containers.

Carbohydrates

Bag up some gluten free crackers or sprouted chips to eat your salad with. With your napkins, water bottles, and silverware, you can place these in a bag and store them in the car.

Sides

  • Pick 1 fruit: raspberries, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple
  • Pick 1 veggie: carrots, peppers, grape tomatoes, celery

Best Options for Fast Food

If you still get in a bind and need to make a choice for fast food. Here are some better options:

  1. Chipotle
  2. Panera – soups, salad
  3. Wendy’s salads
  4. Chick-Fil-A grilled chicken nuggets
  5. Go into the deli section of a grocery store, and grab: hummus and veggies, hard boiled eggs, nuts, grass-fed cheese, fruit

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