Every day, I hear clients mention that it is so hard to eat healthy while on the go. Sometimes their only option is to stop at the closest fast food restaurant or convenient store for a quick meal or snack. However, a lot of these clients know when they are going to be out and about, whether it’s running errands or traveling for work. Here are a few tips to help you eat healthy while you are out and about:
- Plan ahead. If you know you’re going to be running around, make some snacks ahead of time. These snacks don’t need to be elaborate. Pack some carrot & celery sticks with hummus, a piece of fruit, a hard-boiled egg, or a piece of string cheese. If you are going to be gone all day without access to a fridge, put these items in a small cooler that you can keep in your car that is within reach.
- Pack water! When running around all day, you’ll definitely get thirsty. So pack enough water to get you through the day. You can put the water in the same cooler as your snacks. That way you can avoid having to make a pit stop at a grocery store, convenient store, or fast food restaurant, where you may be tempted.
- If all else fails and you HAVE to stop somewhere for food, look at your options. A lot of convenient stores will have fresh fruit, a small vegetable tray, and nuts that you can snack on. When eating at a fast food restaurant, it can get a little bit trickier. Try getting a salad with the dressing on the side. Try getting a soup or chili, instead of a burger and fries. Avoid the shakes and fried foods. These may not be ideal choices, but your waistline will thank you.
The key to success is planning ahead. Having readily available healthy snacks throughout the week will help you stick to eating healthy, without the feeling of dieting. Spending an hour or so in the kitchen, one day a week, to prepare snacks will help cut down prep time when you are in a hurry and need something fast. Also if you have kids, and they see these small serving size snacks in the fridge, they might be more apt to grab these rather than cookies, chips, and other unhealthy snacks.