Raise your hand if you are running kids to after-school activities or sports. Put you hand down. Raise your hand if these activities take place on the weekend as well. Put you hand down. Raise your hand if these activities and sports are interfering with family meal times, children’s snack times, or causing you to go through the Drive-Thru too often, eating quick and unhealthy foods, or not eating at all. Everyone put your hands down. I need to put my hands down too so I can type.
One BRK reader writes:
I have a very selfish suggestion for some ideas to blog about.
Since we started into a very busy spring sports time, and very busy academic schedule— we end up eating on the run a lot. I hate to do fast food and I am trying to figure out some things to either make on the weekend that just need a quick reheating— but in particular we need food that not only can be ready fast, but can be eaten fast or on the go— we call them our “car picnics”.
I do chicken tenders a lot with a baggie of carrots and small cup of applesauce—but I can’t do that every night.
Maybe you have some ideas for some “hot pocket” sandwiches, or wraps on the go—something that would be fun and nutritious and keep me from feeling so guilty that we have no time to stop and eat. (Lacrosse practice is from 5:30-7:30) 2 nights a week- we have to leave the house by 5:10— so there are times when I am running by the house to pick up the lacrosse gear and then getting them from school and taking them right to practice. The kids are starving- protein bars help, but they aren’t dinner.
I am assuming that we are not the only family struggling with how to do dinner on sports nights.
Car Picnic Momma
No you are not alone! I, like everyone else struggle with snacks, meal planning, too late dinners, or lousy dinners. I too am tempted by processed snacks, Drive-Thru’s, and the ball park snack bar but “No More” I say. I too am looking for healthier alternatives, no more Drive-Thru’s (which are more dangerous than drive-by’s!), and saving MY money during these economic tough times.
In my “Car Picnics”- How To Eat On The Go series, I will share helpful food-packing tips, meal and snack ideas, favorite Crock Pot recipes, discuss the best types of food coolers to use and more. So stay tuned for the next several posts titled “The GOOD, the BAD, the UGLY, the UH-OH’s, and the UNBELIEVABLE.”
Homework- For this week, make a “Loaf of Sandwiches” and freeze or refrigerate. Go ahead and pre-bag some chips, popcorn, fruit, and veggies. Bake a batch of Snack Cake, cut and bag it up too. Then keep everyone away from them by making it a rule that no one is to eat any pre-bagged snacks as they are only for “Car Picnics!”
Tomorrow in BRK: The GOOD- My suggestions for food and beverage vessels, packing lists, how to keep food hot or cold, and more!
“Car Picnics”- How To Eat On The Go: The GOOD
“Car Picnics”- How To Eat On The Go: The BAD- The Chicken and The Egg
“Car Picnics”- How To Eat On The Go: The BAD- Noodles and Dough
“Car Picnics”- The UGLY: Ballpark Food- Nachos
“Car Picnics” The UH OH’s: Pop Pop Pop Popcorn
Loaves of Sandwiches
Tips For Packing Better Lunches
Snack Cake Mix