EATING HEALTHY ON THE GO
We all have great intentions on eating healthier this year, but as soon as we leave the house (or go outta town), we’re tempted to eat the first discounted McCrappy-King combo meal we see. Here are 4 tips to eating healthy on the go…
1) Bring food with you (in your purse, glove compartment, canvas bag, or luggage.)
• Stock up on HEALTH BARS, (without white sugar or corn syrup added). I like peanut butter chocolate chip Lara Bars, Kind Bars, Greens + Chocolate bars, and Organic Food Bars.
• Pack fresh whole FRUIT or dried fruit (without added white sugar). They both travel well. Or quickly blend a fruit smoothie (without yogurt) and pour it in your travel coffee mug. Or chop up various fruit to make a delicious fruit salad. Trust me; when you pull the salad out later, everyone will be asking where you bought it.
• Put your...
• Other easy travel choices are NUTS (like lightly salted almonds or cashews) or raw
VEGGIES with HUMMUS or GUACAMOLE.
2) Order your fast food without meat
You’ll be amazed at how good your favorite salad, burrito, taco, or burger is with just lots of veggies and sauces on it. The employees of these places are getting used to fulfilling vegetarian requests so they won’t look at you crazy. So whether you’re at the airport or just stuck in rush hour traffic, every restaurant has vegetables…and they’re affordable. Even IN-N-OUT sells a “Veggie Burger’ that’s not on the menu, but its pretty yummy.
And TACO BELL has a new Cantina menu with meatless options filled with black beans and tasty rice and veggies. CHICK-FIL-A has amazing fruit salads and green salads. And SUBWAY has a veggie patty that can be made into a sandwich, or even better, reduce carbs by making it a salad.
3) Find a market
Go to a grocery store instead of a drive-thru. Then you can quickly buy fresh fruit, produce, heath bars, deli sandwiches, or make yourself lunch from their salad bar. This doesn’t take much longer than waiting on your burger to cook at a fast food spot, and you get a little exercise by having to park your car and walk inside the store. Yaaaay, you!
4) Seek out health-friendly vendors wherever you are.
Almost every town has at least one health store/restuarant; they just don’t have any commercials. So I just grab my smartphone, go to a website like HappyCow.net, type in a zip code, and find all the places that offer foods that will keep me on my stay-fit path. You’ll be impressed with all the places that pop up that you wouldn’t have otherwise noticed. SUPPORT THEM so they can stay in business!
Eating healthy on the go is easy once you put forth a tiny bit of effort. The key is to avoid making a meal out of things you know you’ll regret later. Stick to your goals, and you’ll be swimwear-ready just in time for Spring Break!
The Herban Vixen