Healthy Eating on the RoadMarch 7, 2014
Don’t give in to Greasy, Fatty Fast Food!
Packing my own lunch and snacks has been something I have done for quite some time. My Mom packed all of my school lunch’s everyday until I graduated from high school (thanks, Mom!) Not only did I enjoy the sandwiches my Mom made, it was way healthier than any meal I could have probably picked up at a local deli/fast food joint and so much more cost effective. Since I no longer have my Mom helping me out each morning, I can understand the need to pick up a bite on the road.
First and foremost, if you can organize your grocery shopping/meal planning, fantastic! Making your own lunch gives you control over what ingredients go into that meal. However, some weeks get out of control and grocery shopping takes a back seat – I get it! Now what? I guess McDonalds it is. WRONG! Whether you are driving in the car or walking downtown, you will pass a grocery store or convenient store. Both offer plenty of healthy options to grab and go. Pick up a Greek style yogurt with fresh fruit and unsalted nuts. Most convenient stores offer fruit and I have even seen hard boiled eggs. While some brands can be high in sodium, beef jerky can be an option as well (look for an all natural option, if possible).
If you are looking for a bit more substance on the road and a place to stretch (or rest) your legs, look for a restaurant that offers healthier alternatives to your typical burgers and fries. Many quick stop restaurants are offering salads with lean proteins and vegetarian options that are super fresh.
Healthy eating on the road is not hard. Trust me. I find that one of the biggest reasons people stop for unhealthy fast food is because they wait until they are starving and just give in to the first option they see. Again, this is why preparation is key – check out a map of the area you will be in and plan your meal time. Throw an apple in your bag so that if you are stuck in traffic or your meeting ran longer, you can have something to hold you over.
These little changes that you make each day count for so much more. Your health is worth doing a little bit of planning each week. Providing your body with the fuel it really needs will change the way you feel and give you more energy to work hard!