Things we eat in the car that I would never serve at the dinner table:
These three items are the essential ingredients to keep the driver awake when we are driving long distances or driving overnight. That driver would be Dave, not me. I don't consume any of these items because A) sunflower seeds are messy. B) black licorice is gross after about two bites and C) nothing, even Mountain Dew, keeps me awake. The engine of the car lulls me to sleep. I am only good for an hour or two when Dave is at the end of his Mountain Dew buzz.
Squirty Cheese and crackers
Don't judge me. Does it help if I say the crackers were low-sodium, multi-grain crackers?
I never have chocolate milk around the house unless my father-in-law is visiting. Then it is a daily 'must-have'.
Ok, there are chips in the house, but rarely on the table. Just tortilla chips and salsa for after school snacks.
Good for the car, but individually packaged bites of cheese are a little pricey for home consumption. If you have a hankering for cheese at home, get a knife and cut yourself a slice.
Well, we do have yogurt at home, but not in little plastic tubes. There is something insulting about eating out of a plastic package with pictures of Sponge Bob Square Pants on the label. You can't buy gogurt without cartoon characters on the packaging. Don't adults occasionally want to eat a conveniently packed portion of yogurt on the go?
Ice Cream Bars/Popcicles
This is a favorite purchase for Dave to get the kids at gas station stops along the road. We have some things we buy (snacks/sweets) that come into our house that are consumed or practically inhaled as soon as the grocery bags are placed on the counter. Ice cream isn't one of them. A half gallon of ice cream will sit in the freezer for weeks. However, on road trips it is a very much loved treat when Dave brings a bag of ice cream bars out of the mini mart.
Individually sized bottles of water
I always have bottled water around our house, but I buy gallon sizes. City tap water is hardly consumable here (although the city claims it is safe to drink, I have a hard time taking a swig of it even when I brush my teeth). The problem is the individual bottles. There are an over-abundance of half used water bottles all over our car. They seem to multiply and spread. And 79 cents a bottle? C'mon . . . it's just water for goodness sake. When we get to Idaho, I have to calm down mentally and remind myself that I can drink the tap water. It is actually delightful and refreshingly good.