I am sure at one time or another you have found yourself in the fast food lane starving and craving something, anything to eat. If you’re trying to eat healthy though, you know this is not where you need to be. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be. But how do you avoid the drive-thru and eat healthy on the go? Well, it is much simpler than you’d think.
3 Simple Tips to Eat Healthy on the Go
1. Opt for a Whole Food
Back in the olden days, the real fast food was good old-fashioned fruits and veggies. That is before corporations built these multi-million dollar junk food empires for our “convenience.” Imagine that! Fruits and veggies should always be the number one option, and they are sold everywhere we turn as well. But they aren’t usually what comes to mind when you think of a quick snack or fast food.
Add whole, unprocessed food to your lunch bag when you’re heading out. Select produce that “travels well” like apples, baby carrots, bananas, oranges, pears, berries, and more. Wash, chop, and prep your produce in batches and store individual servings in baggies or small snack-sized containers. Pair your produce with a serving of protein for energy to make a balanced snack when you’re on the go.
2. Preparation is Key
Whether you’re running out to do a few errands, working on the road all day, or taking a long road trip, it’s good to prepare. Having healthy meals and snacks prepared keeps your eating habits on track. Keep your own stash on standby to for healthy “fast food” options that align with your healthy eating goals.
3. Mix it Up
If you’re tired of the same snacks, get creative. Homemade trail mix is a great on-the-go snack. You can mix together anything you want like walnuts, pecans, almonds, cashews, raisins, banana chips, dark chocolate bits, and dried fruit like cranberries. Make a batch ahead of time and separate it into small snack containers. It will always be there when you need a little snack. Be sure to separate it into reasonable portion sizes to not consume too much sugar or calories. also quick to prepare and if I make a bunch of it I can take little servings for a couple days so it lasts.
The best way to avoid fast food joints while on the go is to always make sure you have a fast food option in your purse.
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Alicia Hyatte is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Family Wellness Advocate, Health Educator, and a Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach. She helps parents to build healthier habits and routines to better balance home and work life. Her website, WholeFamilyLiving.com, provides motivation and simple strategies for handling everyday challenges like managing stress, being active, eating healthier, losing weight, and more. Alicia is a beach lover and gardening geek in her spare time.