When we get hungry while out shopping for gifts, we usually end up with an overpriced scone from Starbucks or something from the nearest drug store. Always unprepared! But we're trying to be proactive, which is why we've made a list of quick snacks that we can stash in a purse. As for that smoothie, above? One word: thermos. Why not a smoothie? We frequently take coffee, tea, or water to go. A smoothie would be a great pick-me-up while we're out and about. Here are some more ideas, all of which could bang around inside a bag, don't require utensils, and won't create a mess if you're eating on the move.
• Crunchy Granola Bars (above, left), from the Kitchn
• Dried Fig and Nut Bars, from the Kitchn
• Olive Oil Granola, from the Kitchn
• Rosemary Roasted Cashews, from the Kitchn
• Clementines! Pop one in your bag with a few nuts or some dark chocolate. These are the only citrus we know of that we can peel without having to wash our hands afterwards.
• Banana-Yogurt Smoothie (above, right), from Whole Living
• Seeded Flatbread, from 101 Cookbooks. This would be great with a few slices of cheese.
• Whole Wheat Apple Muffins, from Smitten Kitchen
• Caramel-Almond Popcorn, from Bon Appétit. Any popcorn would be good, really. This one just gives you an immediate sugar rush, if that's what you need.
• A tortilla rolled up with cream cheese, alfalfa sprouts, and turkey. The cream cheese will keep everything stuck in (no flying alfalfa), and you can wrap it in foil, then peel away to eat.
• Rolls or chunks of baguette with some pear slices and cheddar. Again, wrap mini-sandwiches in foil and just pull them out when you're hungry.
What do you pack for long shopping trips? Or do you cave and go to Cinnabon?
(Images: Faith Durand; MarthaStewart.com)