Health on the Run: 10 Top Tips for
Eating Healthy on the Go
You’re running late for work! Again. You don’t have time to sit down and eat breakfast before leaving, so you stop at McDonald’s for a McMuffin.
That will tie you over for a while, but it won’t last too long, and it’s not exactly good for you. You tell yourself that every day and you want to start eating healthier, but you feel like you’re always so busy.
What if we told you eating healthy on the go was possible? Even if you stop at a fast food place, there are better options available to you. Check out this guide to learn how to eat healthy when on the run.
1. Be Wary of Portion Sizes
It’s okay to indulge and get those greasy fast food fries every now and again. It doesn’t become a problem until you’re getting a large order every single time you go.
The same goes for burgers. Order the whole sandwich, but consider eating half of it and saving the other half for later.
One of the best ways to control how much you eat is to get a kid’s meal. The portions are smaller, and you get a free toy.
2. Hit the Deli
Burgers and fries aren’t your only fast food options. There are deli-style restaurants that you can hit up for lunch as well.
When you’re choosing the bread for your sandwich or wrap, go with whole wheat every time and fill it to the brim with tasty veggies. Just make sure to skip out on the mayo. It may bring out the best in your sandwich, but it won’t do your waistline any favors.
3. Skip Out on the Fries
Most fast-food restaurants have other side options available other than fries. Consider trading up for them even if they’re on the kid’s menu.
Fruit cups are better tasting than fries, and side salads are more filling. That makes them a win-win in our book.
4. Eat a Salad
Speaking of salad, consider upgrading your salad order to a large one and eat that instead of the burger. It’s better for you and is still quite filling.
Again, salads make a good side dish option as well. It allows you to fill up on more healthy greens and less on fatty fast food.
5. Grilled is Better Than Fried
Chicken sandwiches are healthier than burgers unless the chicken is fried. If you have a choice between a grilled chicken sandwich or a fried one, ask for grilled every single time.
It’s better for you and packs in a lot more flavor. If your salad comes with chicken, ask for grilled if it’s an opinion as well.
6. Grab a Snack
So, your alarm doesn’t go off, and you leave the house late. You decide to hit the drive-thru line for breakfast on the way to work. This is a vicious cycle that many get themselves stuck in.
Your stomach doesn’t understand that you don’t have time for breakfast, after all. The temptation to stop for food goes up when your tummy is rumbling.
You can stave off this temptation by grabbing a quick snack to eat on the way—something small to appease your stomach until you can get your hands on real food.
7. Keep Hidden Snacks Around
Speaking about keeping yourself full, it’s better to eat a lot of small snacks during the day rather than following the normal three meal a day format. It keeps you full, so you don’t end up splurging on a huge meal halfway through your workday.
The trick is to keep little snacks hidden around your office that’s easily accessible. If your workplace has a Healthy You vending machine in place, that makes things a little easier. All you have to do is walk down the hall when you feel the hunger pains startup.
8. Go to the Grocery Store
You don’t have to hit a major fast-food chain for lunch. Grocery stores have plenty of options to choose from.
The produce section will have little pre-cut fruit and veggie cups and platters. Most grocery store delis have pre-made sandwiches and string cheese.
Some stores even have sushi platters that you can pick up. We can’t promise the quality will be better than a sushi bar in a restaurant, but it’s not half bad.
9. Meal Prep is Your Friend
The best way to eat healthy on the go is to prepare your own meals. We understand that’s hard considering you’re always on the move. That’s why you whip something up the night before.
Cut up veggies or grill some chicken and place them in a container overnight. This way, the next morning, all you have to do is throw a salad together for lunch and head on out.
10. Don’t Make the Junk Food an Option
If you keep the ice cream bars and chips in the house, it’s going to be hard to stay away from them after a stressful day. If you’re not careful, they even become viable dinner options when you don’t feel like cooking anything else.
Don’t make unhealthy choices options. Buy fresh fruit when you go to the store instead of ice cream or nuts instead of chips.
Eating Healthy on the Go When You Have a Hectic Schedule
Eating healthy on the go can feel impossible when you have a hectic work schedule. You feel like you hit up a fast-food restaurant at least once a day to fuel up.
While it stops your stomach from complaining, fast food isn’t the most nutritious thing you can buy. Try out the tricks on this list for a healthier body and mind.
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