We have all been at a point in our day where we are on the go, non-stop, and we are starving! It is easy to stop by the closest fast food restaurant and grab an order of fries or a burger, but are those the best choices for our health? For example, the Wendy’s Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger has 400 calories, a small fry has 320 calories, and if you get a small soda with that which has 160 calories, that quick meal has almost 900 calories! Here are some tips and snack ideas to help you eat healthy on the go:
Tips to Eat Healthy on the Go
- Plan your healthy snacks and your meals. If you know that you are going to be out and about all day running errands, pack a lunch. Place a small cooler in your car with your snacks and meals. This will relieve the temptation to make a quick stop at a fast food restaurant.
- Prepare ahead of time. Most of the time we know when we have a busy day ahead of us. The night before plan out your snacks and meals. It may help you save time by preparing them the night before so all you need to do the next morning is grab and go.
- Drink plenty of water. On the HCG diet, you need to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water a day. However, if not on the diet, make sure you are drinking at least 64oz of water per day. Carrying a reusable water bottle with you is a great way to ensure you stay hydrated throughout your day. If it’s going to be a long day, pack an extra water bottle in your cooler. This will help so you are not tempted to stop at the convenient store for a soda or other temptations.
- Avoid fast food, especially on the HCG diet. While there are some fast food choices that are healthy, they aren’t always the easiest thing to eat while on the go. By planning your meals and snacks ahead of time, you won’t have a need to stop by a fast food restaurant to combat your hunger. If you have no choice, opt for a salad with no cheese, no croutons, and the dressing on the side.
- Watch your portion sizes. When eating out at restaurants, the serving size is sometimes double what the recommended serving size should be. Protein servings should be 3-5oz, where as in a restaurant they can be anywhere from 8-12oz. Once again, planning ahead and having your meals and snacks with you will help you make unhealthy, snap decisions.
- Ask for toppings, sauces, and dressings on the side. If you do have to eat at a restaurant or fast food, ask for these items on the side. By making substitutions and asking for items on the side, it can help you watch what you are eating. Cheese, croutons, and dressings can add up your calorie count quickly, which ends up being a recipe for weight gain.
Eat Healthy on the Go — Snacks
- Raw nuts such as almonds
- Pre-sliced fruit and vegetables
- Yogurt (stored in a cooler)
By planning ahead of time, you can keep your health and your calorie count exactly where you want it. Writing down all of your food in a food journal as you go will also help hold yourself accountable for anything and everything you eat. Don’t beat yourself off if you do make a quick decision, but just recognize what you did and come up with a game plan for next time to eat healthy on the go.
What are some of your favorite foods to continue to eat healthy while on the go?