5 Tips to Healthy Eating When on the Go

5 Tips to Healthy Eating When on the Go

Maintaining a healthy diet when you're on the go can be challenging, but it's certainly possible with some planning and mindful choices.

Here are five tips to help you eat healthy when you're busy:

  1. Plan and Pack Snacks:

Prepare healthy snacks in advance, such as cut-up fruits, veggies, nuts, trail mix, or homemade energy balls like these Lemon Coconut Date Balls. Portion them the night before into snack-sized containers so that you can easily grab them when on the go. Having snacks readily available can help prevent you from reaching for less nutritious options when you're felling hungry.

  1. Make Smart "Fast Food" Choices:

When eating at fast food or quick-service restaurants, look for the healthier items on the menu. Salads with tofu, beans, nuts and seeds, or lean protein are a better option. It is better to choose grilled options instead of fried. Many grocery stores and supermarkets have salad bars and deli sections where you can create custom salads, grab pre-made wraps, or select healthy sides like roasted vegetables or quinoa salads.

Be mindful of the dressings when ordering salads or wraps, ask for dressings and sauces on the side. Many dressings have added sugars and unwanted ingredients. By skipping the premade dressings and requesting for simple vinegar or lemon and olive oil, you can create a dressing of your own!

When it comes to beverage options, choose water or unsweetened beverages over sugar sweetened drinks.

On another note, it is important to be mindful of portion sizes, as many fast food portions can be oversized.

  1. Stay Hydrated:

Carry a reusable water bottle with you to stay hydrated throughout the day. Staying hydrated is essential. Sometimes, our bodies confuse thirst with hunger. Drinking water can help prevent unnecessary snacking. Limit sugary drinks like soda and opt for water, or herbal tea.

  1. Read Labels and Ingredients:

When buying convenience or prepackaged foods, read labels and ingredient lists. Look for options with lower sugar, sodium, and saturated fat content. Choose products with recognizable and whole ingredients, and when possible, avoid highly processed foods. I have a rule that I follow for ingredients, if I would not eat the food in its whole food option, then it does not belong on an ingredient list!

Easy grab and go options are whole fruit, bento boxes, or snack bars. But be cautious and many snack bar options are full of sugar and unhealthy ingredients. Look for alternatives that are low in added sugars and rich in protein and fiber. These can be a convenient and filling option for when you're on the go.

  1. Seek Out Healthy Restaurants or Cafes:

Luckily, many restaurants now offer healthier menu items. Do your research and choose restaurants or cafes that offer these choices. Many places now cater to health-conscious diners and provide nutritional information. I have a handful of places I turn to when on the go. My typical go to options are salad bars and smoothie shops. Although these options may appear "healthy" it is important to think about the ingredients being added to your meal (Eg. Candied pecans in a salad).

Eating healthy when on the go requires some planning and intentionality. It's okay to indulge from time to time, but making conscious choices to prioritize your health and nutritious dietary options will not only help you maintain a balanced diet but can help keep you feeling energized.



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