A hectic lifestyle may not seem compatible with healthy eating, but you make simple, convenient choices that do not need you to sacrifice nutrition. Here are some ideas for making smart food choices on the go.
Keep a water bottle with you all the time. Whether you prefer a collapsible model or a sleek stainless steel one, having a water bottle by your side means you won’t forget to drink, no matter how busy you get. Staying hydrated is just as important as eating right, and a cup or two of water can stave off hunger pangs until you can grab a snack.
Carry a healthy, shelf-stable snack in your bag or car. Protein bars, nuts, trail mix or dry cereal need no prepping, making them ideal for anytime munching. Having a snack ready to go makes it much less likely that you will reach for a fat- or sugar-laden treat from the convenience store or drive-through.
Stock your desk drawer with healthy snacks that can stand-in for lunch or breakfast. On busy days at the office, you may have little time to head out for lunch. Or, if you do, you may be tempted to grab fast food. Keep some healthy options in your desk drawer that you can prepare at work. Individual servings of oatmeal, a jar of peanut butter, whole-grain crackers and dried fruit can all be used to create a quick, protein-packed meal that you can eat at your desk.
Stash healthy snacks near your sofa if you tend to snack late at night. When you’re pulling an all-nighter to hit a deadline or just relaxing after a long day, going through the effort of finding something healthy snack on may feel daunting. Keep some baked chips, granola bars or another healthy option near your favorite spot to relax. This makes it easier to keep your eating in check late at night.
Blend smoothies or shakes for breakfast that you can drink in the car. Use Greek yogurt, a splash of juice or milk and fresh or frozen fruit to create a protein- and vitamin-packed smoothie that will keep you going until lunch time. Peanut butter, cocoa, protein powder, skim milk and a banana can be blended into a tasty shake. Add your concoction to your favorite straw cup and sip breakfast during your commute.
When you inevitably do hit the drive-through window or go out for lunch, try your best to make healthy choices. Choose meals with a solid balance of protein, starches, fats and veggies or fruit, and skip fatty condiments and cheeses on sandwiches. When possible, choose leaner forms of protein like fish and chicken. Above all, keep your portion sizes in check.
When you lead a busy lifestyle, it can be hard to make healthy decisions at every meal. By using the tips in this article, you can anticipate the times when you are most prone to making bad choices and prepare for them ahead of time. There’s no reason that you can’t live life on the go and still maintain proper nutrition.