There is no possible way to eat every single meal at home. There will always be plenty of things going on that will keep you on the go. This time of year, our kids are in school and its back to the practices and extracurricular activities. Here are a few simple tips to help you enjoy the time you spend away from home without derailing your fitness goals.
1. Menu Planning – Not only does it organize meal preparation down to a fine art, but it also reduces ingredient waste. By figuring out recipes, planning meals and snacks the week before, you can ensure no food goes to waste. This also acts as a time saver because you know when, where, and what you’ll be eating.
2. Eating Fast Food
On the days you have no time to cook or go to a nice restaurant, keep in mind that fast food does not mean fried food. When ordering choose anything that is raw, steamed, grilled, roasted, or baked or an entrée-sized salad. Also, look for the vegetarian section on the menu.
3. Eating at a Restaurant – When you’re at a restaurant, your choices will be healthier than fast food. When ordering try to avoid high-fat add-ons. Request your salad dressing and toppings on the side, this way you can apply sparingly.
Order water when you are out and about. Soda and juices are loaded with high fructose corn syrup and empty calories. Make water the beverage of choice for everyone when going out. Also, the great thing about water is it is usually free!
4. Pack a snack
For super busy days when you are running around from activity to activity, it is great to pack snacks! A few items you could grab for your snack pack are;
• Performance Inspired Nutrition Protein Bar
• Nuts – Cashews, almonds or whatever hits your taste buds
• String cheese
Being busy doesn’t necessarily mean having to forgo healthy eating habits; it just requires some knowledge and organization. Have questions about how to stay healthy on-the-go? Send us a comment below. We would love to hear your thoughts!