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Purse (+ Briefcase) Food


I put out the question on my facebook of what you'd like me to write about. What I was asked for was purse food. We all have our go-to apples and bananas but what else? Before I go into offering suggestions I have two comments on this topic.

1. Why are we so obsessed with snack foods? Convenience foods? And foods we can eat on the go?
2. Why can't we take the time to sit down and eat a proper meal, thus reducing our need for quickity quick snacks?

While you ponder those queries, I will move on to my next point on the subject, What defines a snack food? Something sweet? Salty? Transportable? I think in order for eating on the go to be health supportive and also convenient, we need to change our thinking around what a snack food is. It doesn't have to be a fruit wrapped in a peel or bullet shaped carrots. Invest in some reliable seal-able jars/containers, maybe a plastic bag for insurance and you are golden. Another thing to think about when dreaming up snack food ideas is to think about what you would take on a picnic. That is transportable yes?

You might also like to think about getting in the habit of carrying a spoon, fork and cloth napkin in your purse.

Here is a list of what I think are perfectly appropriate purse snacks (you just might need a healthy sized purse).

  • Kale Chips (of course)- high in vitamins and minerals, low in calories
  • Traditional Hummus and veggies and/or crackers. 250 ml mason jars are awesome for packing single servings of this.
  • Veggie pestos like cilantro, kale, or basil with dips- good source of raw veggies and protein and can also be made in advance and frozen in single serving portions (ice cube trays and 250ml jars work well). Try Lemon Basil Pesto, Roasted Red Pepper Pesto, Parsley Pesto, Cilantro Pesto
  • Half an avocado and sea salt, with a spoon. You carry a spoon for yogurt or pudding, why not an avocado? Great fats, protein and low carb will stabilize blood sugar and keep you fueled without weighing you down.
  • Soup. Yes! Soup in the purse. Do it!!! A 500ml mason jar full. Room temperature pureed veggie soups are great afternoon snacks. Hydrating and nourishing. This is my go to soup
  • Smoothies/Fresh Juices- these are no available in nearly every food court. Make it at home or order it and keep it in a jar or stainless steel container. Best snack ever. I know someone who keeps a Magic Bullet at work with a few essential smoothie ingredients so she always has something ready. Try Breakfast Smoothie, Green Mojito Smoothie, Green Pina Colada Smoothie
  • Steamed veggies- no shame in green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel's sprouts etc as a snack. Steam them up, sprinkle on some salt and away you go. If you have the fork option, drizzle on a little omega 3 flax or hemp oil. No fork- just go straight up and eat with your fingers. You eat apples with your hands. Try Basic Brassicas
  • Mixed nuts/seeds of course
  • Whole grain crackers. These ones made with nuts will also be high in protein, fibre and healthy fats. Try these Walnut Crackers
  • Coconut oil in hot water- like a tea. Coconut oil is a nutrient dense, short chain saturated fat. It helps stabilize blood sugar, is burned efficiently as fuel and so doesn't become junk in the trunk.
  • Healthy treats like Ultimate Healthy Cookie, Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Butter Cookies, Honey Seed Treats, Raw Superfood Power Balls, Chia Pumpkin Muffins

17 Responses to “Purse (+ Briefcase) Food”

  1. infinebalance said…
    hmmm - soup in my purse!? people look at me weird already when I pull out the kale chips. This could be fun.
  2. Alice said…
    I love this post! While having proper meals is always the best, I think that healthy purse food alternatives are always a plus, especially for those living in places where good, healthy, nutritious food is hard to find in cafès and other premises where people go and have lunch or coffee break (here I'm referring to Italy, where I live and where it's almost impossible to find healthy vegetarian -not to mention vegan!- snacks and quick lunches in those places that are meant to serve lunch food, snacks and easy quick food). At times, if I go out for many hours and forget to bring my own snacks I just have to wait until I get back home before I can eat! Unless I am lucky enough to have the chance to shop at the organic + health foodstore.
  3. Desiree said…
    Hi Meghan ! I am pretty new to your blog but I am loving it more and more each day. This is a great post, I usually struggle with going to the vending machine in the middle of the day, but you have now given me some great new options. I have a question for you, I began a vegan lifestyle on January 1, 2010, prior to being a vegan I would take cryo-gainer(which is a weight gainer)after workouts. I am a little thing 5'0, 100lbs. I wanted to ask you what would be an all natural weight gainer(no soy,gluten,or dairy) that I can take since I no longer take the cryo-gainer ? I love the all nautral life style so far, but I dont want to physically dissappear in the process. Thanks in advance
  4. Moriah said…
    Thanks for the ideas. My schedule is crazy right now, and like others, sitting down to eat a proper meal more than once or twice a day isn't feasible for me, most days.
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Make it happen. Really- it's that important too.

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