Healthy eating is one thing when you have time to meal-prep. But many of us lead lifestyles that are constantly on the go, making it difficult to avoid unhealthy food. Fortunately, you can develop habits to keep track of what food enters your body, regardless of how busy you are.
1. Pack quick, healthy snacks
A simple snack is easier to prepare than you might think. Options include baby carrots, chopped cucumber, an apple, low-fat cheese sticks, nuts, or whole-grain crackers. Have a small tub or baggie to throw the snack into the night before and grab it on your way out.
2. Pick healthy options at restaurants
While making your own food is the best way to eat healthy, eating out is often unavoidable. Whether you’re grabbing fast food while travelling or attending a business lunch, choose the healthier option on the menu. This may mean ordering grilled instead of fried chicken or cobbling together a few sides.
3. Drink lots of water
Water is necessary for brain function. In addition, drinking water can help reduce cravings to overeat. If you’re moving and active all day, don’t forget to stop often for a drink. Carrying a reusable water bottle is a convenient reminder.
4. Read the labels on snack bars
Granola, energy, and protein bars can be an excellent snack option. But if you’re not careful, they can also be a source of excess sugar, artificial additives, and carbs. Make sure to check the labels and avoid bars with unrecognizable ingredients or lots of sugar. And remember that these bars are snacks, not meals in themselves.
5. Watch your hot drinks
Caffeinated hot or iced beverages are sneaky. A latte with whole milk and sugary syrup provide a lot of calories in addition to caffeine. If you can’t give up the latte, ask your barista for low-fat milk and sugar-free syrup options. Alternatively, try a green tea with honey or stevia as sweetener.
6. Prioritize breakfast
Many busy people skip breakfast, but this meal is crucial to a healthy lifestyle. If you don’t have time to create eggs benedict on whole wheat toast, consider a simple smoothie or yogurt and fruit. Cereal can also be a great option, but watch out for the sugar bombs.
Hopefully you’ve realized that eating healthy on the go is not an impossible resolution. In reality, it takes less time to put nuts in a baggie than to run into the nearest convenience store for a snack. With a bit of advance thinking, you can monitor what you eat no matter how busy life gets.