Quick meals and snacks made up of processed foods in an attempt to ward off hunger during hectic schedules of work, home, and kids (not to mention friends or spending time with a significant other) can derail even the best intentions to eat healthy.
Here are the 3 most important things you need to know about eating healthy on the go:
One of the most important decisions I made was to ONLY bring nourishing foods into my home. This way, when I open my pantry or fridge, my options are nutrient dense choices. Eating healthy on the go begins with making sure you have the right choices and AVOIDING the temptation of the junk that USED to be in my pantry (and might be hiding in yours). Avoiding processed snack foods and shopping for whole fruits, vegetables, and lean meats is the first step in making sure you have what it takes to eat healthy on the go.
Today’s busy lifestyle demands that we take proactive steps to be ready with healthy food options because, guess what, more often than not we are on the GO! This means having your veggies washed, prepped, and easily accessible for a grab and go option as you head out the door.
For example, do love hard boiled eggs? Take 20 minutes on Sunday to boil and pre-peel a dozen for a quick, high protein snack you can snag out of the fridge. The key to success with eating healthy on the go, is to be ready! Have your portable foods prepped and easy to grab. Also, if you don’t already have one, a small cooler or insulated lunch bag can be a life saver in this department. Keep your nourishing foods packed, cool, and ready for easy access and you WILL be ready to eat healthy on the go.
We all know that even the best laid out plans can be derailed. The good news is, that a kink in the schedule is NOT an excuse to NOT eat healthy on the go. You know the options around your commute. Are there any grocery stores nearby that have grab and go offerings in their fresh produce section? What restaurants are closest to you? Eating healthy on the go means knowing where your go-to “eat out” options are and which items on their menu are going to be best. Unsure about what to order? Look for lean meat options (like chicken breast or small steak) and order a double portion of veggies with it.
Finally, having a commitment to eat healthy and knowing that you have options outside your own kitchen, will provide you the freedom and flexibility to make conscious healthy lifestyle choices, even if you are on the go.
Here’s a quick list of grab and go options that are good to keep stocked – that way you always have an option close at hand:
- Celery sticks
- Carrot sticks
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Mason Jar Salads
- Bottled Water