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  • No refrigeration, portable snacks that taste good and aren't jerky?

    I have a (bad) habit of leaving the house thinking that I'll be back home by the time I get hungry again. But the best laid plans, yada yada, and I end up famished while out. It's not always easy or practical to just "stop in" at a store to grab a snack (I am usually toting three kids aged 5 and under... just dealing with the car seats is a nightmare). By the time I get home, I end up inhaling whatever I'm (at this point) craving, and it's usually quick-energy carbs like my kids' goldfish crackers.

    I'd like to just carry a snack in my bag that I can default to in these situations so I don't arrive home famished. But I'm not a big fan of fruit (don't like Larabars), nuts, or beef jerky. Any other suggestions? The only thing I can think of is primal Slim-Jim style meat sticks, but I was hoping for other ideas, too.

    Thanks!
    Female, 40 yrs old, 5', 120 lbs (post-pregnancy)
    Went Primal January 2, 2012!

    Paleo Cooking for Cavekids cookbook

  • #2
    Whenever in doubt: Pre-cooked strips of bacon - oh, delicious bacon!!! Holds up without refrigeration for a whole day and always hits the spot.
    "It's true, you are a good woman. Then again, you may be the antichrist."

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    • #3
      Pork rinds.

      Or a small bottle of quality olive oil. Take a swig and follow with lots of water.

      Both need to eaten BEFORE you are ready to bonk - but the high fat content will keep you going for a few hours at least.

      Personally, I keep walnuts on me - eat 10 with a huge drink if I feel a bonk coming on. Works like a charm if you are efficient at fat burning.

      YMMV
      What have you done today to make you feel Proud?

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      • #4
        If you don't like beef jerky you can always try pork jerky or turkey jerky. KRAVE makes a couple nitrate/sulfate-free varieties. I have also seen uncured pre-cooked bacon at stores, too.
        Stumbled into Primal due to food allergies, and subsequent elimination of non-primal foods.

        Start Gluten-Free/Soy-Free: December 2012; start weight 158lbs, Ladies size 6
        Start Primal: March 2013, start weight 150lbs, Ladies size 6
        Current: 132lbs, Ladies size 2
        F/23/5'9"

        26lbs lost since cutting the crap.

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        • #5
          Dried fruit/coconut
          My opinions and some justification

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          • #6
            I have friend that keeps a cooked sweet potato on hand. I recently took cooked red potatoes with salt with me on a long drive, also had some good salami, cheese and apples. The potatoes were surprisingly good and satisfying on their own.
            Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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            • #7
              String cheese is fine outta the fridge for hourrrrs.

              Will it get wobbly and sweat a bit? Sure it will, but it will NOT go bad.

              Also, boiled eggs, I have found, don't need to be refrigerated constantly.

              I bring a couple to work, put them in my desk drawer at 8am (if i put them in the
              fridge, someone will eat them!) and then eat them around 1. They're room temp, but
              I don't care. At least they don't freeze my front teeth that way.

              Anyway, never gotten sick from eating either un-refrigerated.

              If you were skurred, you could always get a little personal cooler to put in your
              car with some ice packs. Then you could bring anything! Premade tuna, leftovers
              from the night before, a little salad with a little meat...etc.

              Good luck!

              Julia

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              • #8
                Paleo candy, but I don't know how well this would hold up in a hot car:

                This recipe makes 36 truffles, and you’ll need:

                •10 ounces dark chocolate, 70% cacao content or higher
                •3 tablespoons coconut oil
                •1 cup full-fat coconut milk
                •1 teaspoon vanilla extract
                •½ cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut and/or ½ cup unsweetened cocoa

                Nom Nom Chocolate Truffles | Award-Winning Paleo Recipes | Nom Nom Paleo

                More coconut, from Trader Joes:



                If you can deal with carbs: here is my go-to cheat. They are made with lard, and they are very satisfying.

                5'0" female, 45 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Gained back to 115(!) on SAD chocolate, potato chips, and stress. Currently 111.

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                • #9
                  I'm putting a can opener in my van the next time I go shopping. We're gonna be the weirdos eating salmon out of a can at the park. I can't keep bacon or prosciutto stocked enough to take out and about.


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                  • #10
                    Messy sure, but a can of Sardines is good. Keep napkins and fork handy. Previously mentioned hard boiled eggs, which if prepared properly last a very long time. Basically after cooking don't cool in unsterile water as the egg can suck in the bacteria.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by oxide View Post
                      Paleo candy, but I don't know how well this would hold up in a hot car:

                      This recipe makes 36 truffles, and you’ll need:

                      •10 ounces dark chocolate, 70% cacao content or higher
                      •3 tablespoons coconut oil
                      •1 cup full-fat coconut milk
                      •1 teaspoon vanilla extract
                      •½ cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut and/or ½ cup unsweetened cocoa

                      Nom Nom Chocolate Truffles | Award-Winning Paleo Recipes | Nom Nom Paleo
                      *drool* I would make these now, except I'd scarf down the whole batch in 2 days. But next time we have people over.... thank you thank you for sharing!!!

                      As for the original question - sorry, I'm easily distracted by chocolate! - you said you're not a big fan of nuts. How about seeds? I know seeds fall into the "in moderation" category, so I guess handfuls and handfuls are out, but seeds might be a good option.

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                      • #12
                        Some ground coconut "manna" in a snack bag doesn't need refrigeration.

                        I had fasting blood work this morning and took potato salad, smoked salmon, and an egg in a mini-cooler to eat afterwards in the car.
                        Late 50s, post-menopausal, low carb with some dairy, following the 5 Leptin Rules, taking ThyroGold, eating lots o' fiber and zero wheat with great results. My Primal Journal

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                        • #13
                          PaleOMG – Paleo Recipes – Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Muffins

                          For an occasional snack these are pretty good. :-)

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                          • #14
                            Another option is to just eat a bigger lunch so u dont get hungry later. ....Unless youre out a really long time

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                            • #15
                              Macadamia nuts, but they are so addictive you'll eat them all in 5 minutes no matter how many you get. Dangerous information: they sell them at Costco.

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