Healthy eating is difficult when you’re working long hours, driving the kids to and from school and practice, and traveling. However, with a few simple organizational preparations, eating heathily is possible even on the go. I’m not talking about stopping at fast-food restaurants, I’m talking about organizing and preparing foods to take with you.
The Harvard School of Public Health suggests that certain food choices can reduce the risk of certain illnesses including digestive ailments, diabetes, heart disease and even depression. A balanced diet also prevents excess weight gain, obesity and fatigue. Healthy eating habits can maintain a balanced lifestyle and promote overall well-being.
Purchase fresh vegetables such as carrots, celery, red peppers, cucumbers, apples, oranges, grapes and bananas. Wash and cut up some fresh fruit and vegetables to last 2 to 3 days. Store in the fridge in small plastic containers with tight-fitting lids. Pair with small containers of peanut butter, cottage cheese, cream cheese and other spreads if desired. Each morning take a container of fresh fruits and vegetables with you to enjoy as a healthy snack while commuting, waiting at an appointment or at your desk.
Choose foods that are low in hidden fats, sodium and sugars when eating out on the go. It is possible to eat healthy meals in restaurants and cafes. Avoid carbohydrate-rich foods such as bagels, white rice and potatoes and avoid hidden sodium in sauces, salad dressing and soups. Order healthy food choices such as grilled vegetables, chicken or fish. Eat whole foods such as fresh salads and and ask for pure olive oil and balsamic vinegar on the side instead of fat-rich salad dressings. Ask for water instead of sugar-laden juices and sodas.
Take non-perishable foods such as nuts, dried fruit and cereal bars for a healthy snack on the go. Eat small snacks and drink plenty of water to avoid digestive upsets such as constipation when traveling long distances. Limit caffeinated beverages such as coffee and sodas to avoid dehydration.
Freeze small, single-meal portions of leftover pasta or rice in plastic containers. Label the top of each container with the contents and date stored. Take a homemade frozen meal on the go, instead of eating store-bought microwave meals that are high in salt and preservatives. Let the meal thaw on its own and heat up in the microwave in a non-plastic, microwave-safe container..
It’s possible to eat healthy with a busy schedule, you just need to prepare, organize, and purchase healthy foods ahead of time.
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