Most days, I feel like I practically live in my car — commuting, driving my daughter to and from school, dance class, dental appointments, shopping… it never ends! While the gas prices alone are enough to make me loathe my on-the-go lifestyle, worse still is the junk I end up eating. But no more! I resolve to eat healthier, even while I’m running around. And here’s how! Here are 7 tips for healthy eating on the go!
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This is a tip I follow all the time. When I go to the grocery store, I buy loads of fresh fruits and veggies, then as soon as I get home, I wash them, cut them up, then put them in little containers or baggies. It’s a little work on the front end that saves loads of time and effort during the week. When I’m headed out the door, I grab a few baggies or containers, and go with a day’s worth of nutritious snacks.
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It’s simple. If you don’t BUY junk food, you won’t be able to snack on it. So when you go to the grocery store, stock up on healthful options, like the pre-packaged 100-calorie snacks or (better yet) lots of fresh fruits and veggies, so you can make your own snack packs. Now you’re ready for healthy eating on the go, no matter what you’re craving that day.
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Sometimes the urge for a snack strikes when you’re not prepared… and that vending machine down the hall beckons. As long as you know what to choose from that machine, you can still enjoy a snack without sacrificing your diet! Look for trail mix (without chocolate in it), pretzels, or baked chips. Avoid anything fried or anything overly sweet. See? Not bad at all!
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I am completely addicted to fast food, but I still eat healthy on the go because I know what to order from their fat and calorie-rich menus. Most fast food places offer salads, which you can enjoy without the fried chicken or dressings on them. Even Taco Bell offers a healthier menu… oh, yum! Taco Bell!
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Even if you’re drinking diet or zero-calorie soda, it’s still not as good for you as water. So stop carrying a bottle of soda with you, and choose a bottle of water instead! There are endless flavor additions you can use, too… I love the Crystal Light lemonade!
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Backpacks, workbags, gym bags, handbags — all of these are the ideal place to stash a snack, so no matter where you are, or what you’re doing, you’re prepared for healthy eating on the go. I even keep a little something in my glove box!
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Healthy eating — did you know there’s an app for that? Actually, there are hundreds of apps for that! Download a few free trials and see which works best for you before you buy one. Calorie counters, portion recommendations, menu, and more… the app options are endless!
Now that I’ve shared these healthy-eating-on-the-run tips with you, I promise to try and follow them myself! Do you have any other tips to share? I’m all ears!
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