By Melissa Tosetti
I frequently write about our frenetic American lifestyles and how we're constantly on the go. As we run errands or go from appointment to appointment, we realize that we're not just hungry, we're STARVING!
When you're that hungry, it's tough to make smart food decisions. Too often, we find ourselves in the drive thru spending money we don't want to spend on food we really don't want to eat.
If this scenario sounds familiar, come up with a list of snacks to keep in your car for such emergencies and then add those snacks to your grocery list.
To give you a few ideas, I keep packets of nuts and dried fruit in my car that I buy at Trader Joes. I usually stay away from single serving items, but find these packets worth paying for because it ensures I keep my portions under control. I also keep Nature Valley Granola Bars in my car for Dante.
A good friend of mine recently turned me onto almond butter. Now, if I’m going to be in my car for longer than two hours, I take along an almond butter and honey sandwich on whole wheat. With my crazy speaking schedule, the almond butter sandwiches keep me out of the drive thru and help me eat healthier.
Create your list and make sure you pick up those items the next time you’re at the grocery store. Just think about the potential money and calories you can save by always having a snack on hand to tide you over until your next planned meal.