Sometimes I feel like I LIVE in my car! Which is really no way to live! The problem with the car being your “second home” is your options when it comes time to eat are definitely limited! With a fast food joint on every corner, the temptation to “drive-thru” is ever-present. And we all know how much “healthy” fast food is available through the drive-thru. Not much.
Nowadays I make sure I ALWAYS have snacks in my bag when I hit the road. Not only does it save me from making less healthy choices when I get hungry, it also saves me time and money!
Despite its’ convenience…running through the drive-thru STILL takes time (and if you’re me you ALWAYS get stuck behind the vehicle ordering food for an entire Little League team!) It also takes $$$! And there’s nothing more frustrating that having to PAY for food you are forced to eat in an eating emergency.
So here are a few tips and tricks for eating healthier when you’re on the go!
Pack a Snack!
We often think of packing a LUNCH to take to work or school, but even if you’re just running errands or on your way to or from work or school, you never know when hunger may strike! Be prepared with healthy treats.
Lately my go-to snack has been Triple Berry Newtons. When I am driving to meetings (that are always at least 30 minutes away from my house) I will throw several in this “stylish case” I found in the cereal aisle of my grocery store and tuck it in my purse. (It’s actually a plastic “Pop-Tart” container that I pried the front off of.)
It’s comforting to know that no matter WHERE I am, I am covered if the hungries strike!
Stock Up On Snacks
If you have a work fridge, an office drawer, a locker, or a book bag – fill it up with easy to grab snacks.
100% Whole Grain Newtons are great for keeping in an office drawer or a locker. If you decide to keep some in your purse, just make sure you put them in a side pocket rather than in the bottom of your bag (or try the “stylish Pop-Tart container”). I speak from experience on this one! There are few things more disappointing than to find a smooshed snack bar in the bottom of your purse. Of course if you’re REALLY hungry…they still taste fine! :-) Again, the voice of experience speaking.
Other great choices would be whole grain crackers, dried fruit (mangos, raisins, cranberries, etc), almonds (another personal favorite!), sunflower seeds, baked veggie chips….and so on. I think you get the idea. Things that are healthy AND handy and don’t require being kept hot or cold.
Pack Ahead Of Time
When you are getting ready to leave the house, mostly likely you are in a hurry! Well, I guess I shouldn’t assume that. You could be a very organized person! Let’s just say…if you’re like ME, you’re most likely in a hurry.
And when you’re in a hurry…all the best intentions go out the window! Including packing a snack! But if you have taken time the night before, or the weekend before, to strategically stash some snacks in your purse, book bag, office desk or car, you are covered even if you are having to make a mad dash out the door!
It’s all about being prepared. It takes extra time but it pays off in the long run. Make healthy snacking EASY and you set yourself up for success!
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What are YOUR tips for eating healthier when you are on the go?