Have snacks, will travel
March 11, 2010 9:57 AM   Subscribe

Snacks to travel: I'll be staying with some friends who don't eat breakfast (and I'm the type who needs bkfast or I faint), so I want to bring some food that I can munch on in the mornings. Easy to pack, will keep for 4 days or so. I was thinking baby buckwheat pancakes, but any other healthy ideas would be great.
posted by Jason and Laszlo to Food & Drink (19 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Clif Bars are my standard make-it-til-lunch breakfast.
posted by Oktober at 9:59 AM on March 11, 2010 [5 favorites]

You probably want something with a lot of protein. Cheese or peanut sandwiches, high protein breakfast bars- sorry I never buy this kind of thing, just know they exist. Or just go out to breakfast, give them some space.
posted by mareli at 10:02 AM on March 11, 2010

What about granola or cereal bars?
posted by chrisamiller at 10:02 AM on March 11, 2010

I was going to say clif bars, as well. Also, if you can get to some boiling water (or even a microwave), you can do instant oatmeal.
posted by notsnot at 10:03 AM on March 11, 2010

Are you staying at their house or are you camping/travelling? My usual packing morning food if I'm travelling is some sort of low-sugar energy bar [there are a ton of them, eat with plenty of water, if you're calorie counting keep an eye on the calories] or mixed nuts or Kashi cereal [can bring powdered milk and mix with water if you're camping]. Depending on how far from refrigeration you are, you can try strained yogurt which I find easier on the stomach, and you can mix it with granola, fruit or various cruncheners [wheat germ, flax seed, nuts]. There's also the banana option. Pancakes are great but they're a little carb-full [i.e. danger of sugar crash if you're really hiking or something] and they smoosh easily.
posted by jessamyn at 10:04 AM on March 11, 2010

If you're a fruit person, I think clementines travel well and make almost no mess at all.
posted by sallybrown at 10:05 AM on March 11, 2010

peanut butter
posted by mareli at 10:10 AM on March 11, 2010

Pancakes freeze well and reheat well in a microwave so your first idea sounds great. It is kind of tough to make recommendations not knowing what your typical breakfasts at home comprise. Instant oatmeal is reasonably tasty and travels very well. If you are an egg person and would not want to be without them I would recommend taking along some hard boiled eggs. Much depends upon how you are traveling and what your food storage and prep accommodations will be. Granola travels easily and all you need is some milk.
posted by caddis at 10:13 AM on March 11, 2010

I always have Luna bars with me when I travel because I can't count on other people to get up as early as I do.
posted by elsietheeel at 10:21 AM on March 11, 2010

An apple with peanut butter will usually hold me until lunch, and doesn't require refrigeration or making a mess in the kitchen.
posted by workerant at 10:36 AM on March 11, 2010

those just-add-boiling-water packets of oatmeal. They take up no room at all, come in a lot of flavours, and are crazy easy to make. One of those and some fruit is a nice brekkie
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 11:06 AM on March 11, 2010

Smitten Kitchen's granola bars are the new love in my life, partly because they're really easy to make but also for the wonderful smells generated when toasting during the first part. And of course they are delicious to eat! Wrap them up individually in foil then store those in an airtight container and they'll last at least four days. Have a great trip!
posted by ceri richard at 11:22 AM on March 11, 2010

I'm doing this right now :) My current breakfast while traveling:

-1 Luna Protein bar - these have tons of protein and I love them. Not the same as regular luna bars
-1 small whole wheat banana muffin or similar carb-y thing - I made the Mark Bittman whole wheat muffin recipe the night before I left, and I've been impressed at how well they've traveled/kept.
-1 piece of fruit

Adjust to fit your own calorie needs - I'm running each morning, hence both the protein bar+carb-y thing.
posted by soleiluna at 11:38 AM on March 11, 2010

Along with the other bar suggestions: LARABARs are awesome. Just fruit and nuts, no preservatives, sugar, or fillers.
posted by Aleen at 11:59 AM on March 11, 2010 [1 favorite]

I'd make some healthy muffins (recipe idea below) and bring along with some yogurt (I like plain nonfat Greek myself) and fruit to stash in their fridge. Another easy option is a box of cereal and a carton of milk and some fruit to put on top.

Here's the (delicious and easy) muffin recipe:

* 3/4 cup(s) oats, rolled
* 3/4 cup(s) flour, whole-wheat
* 3/4 cup(s) flour, all-purpose
* 2 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
* 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
* 2 egg(s), slightly beaten
* 1/3 cup(s) honey
* 1/2 cup(s) milk
* 1/4 cup(s) oil, vegetable


Combine oats, flours, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and soda; mix well. Beat eggs, honey, milk and oil together; mix well.

Pour honey mixture over dry ingredients; mix only until moistened. Spoon into oiled muffin tins.

Bake at 375°F for 20 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean.
posted by bearwife at 12:13 PM on March 11, 2010

Are you staying in their house? If I were hosting a friend, I'd make breakfast available even if I didn't eat it. Also I'd feel a little ... not offended, exactly, but I'd feel awkward ... if a friend felt the need to bring their breakfasts with them. Especially something like muffins or pancakes, rather than protein bars or something that people tend to carry around with them. I'd kind of feel like like they were predicting that I wouldn't be making an effort for them.

Obviously you know them better than I do, and I'm probably on the old-fashioned end of the spectrum when it comes to hosting, but I thought I'd throw that out there in case they were planning to feed you anyway.
posted by palliser at 12:21 PM on March 11, 2010

Bison jerky. You can get ground bison at Whole Foods and make it in your oven or a food dehydrator. Very tasty and high in protein.
posted by Ostara at 4:41 PM on March 11, 2010

I carry trailmix and nuts a lot.

When I went on a 3-day roadtrip where we were trying to buy as little food as possible, we packed a cooler with gingerale, a few different types of sandwiches, a package of dried dates, string-cheese sticks, and a batch of oatmeal raisin cookies. Worked out perfectly.

A quickbread or muffins you make at home would be a good option as well. You can make them as nutritious as you want. There's peanut butter bread, banana bread or date bread with lots of nuts, and many kinds of just nut bread.

I also like making up a batch of French toast in advance and either freezing or refrigerating it in the original bread bag, then popping it in the microwave for a minute or two in the morning. If you have access to facilities (and syrup) you might want to consider that.

Apples and oranges and bananas are good travellin fruits, too.
posted by Ouisch at 4:51 PM on March 11, 2010

I'd go with a wholesome instant oatmeal like they have at Whole Foods (and probably other places), they only require hot water and pack a good protein/carb punch for the morning while still being real food.
posted by grapesaresour at 11:40 PM on March 13, 2010

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