Eating Right on the Go!
When life gets crazy, a swing through the drive-thru can feel like the best idea that you have
had in months. Luckily, fast food doesn't have to throw your mindful eating off track. Most
restaurants offer healthier alternatives today and will even let you customize your choices.
Try out these ideas next time you pull up to the outdoor menu:
Opt for a leaner sandwich (veggie burger, grilled chicken or fish, veggie sub, etc.)
Skip the fries or chips and have a lighter side dish such as salad - with low-calorie dressing on the side - or fresh fruit.
Choose water or unsweetened iced tea instead of soda
Request mustard, salsa, and other low-fat condiments instead of mayo, cheese, or sour cream
Ask for extra tomatoes, onions, and lettuce rather than cheese or other toppings.
And, plan ahead for last-minute fast food trips by checking out different restaurants' websites for nutrition details to decide what you might order if you end up there.
Convenience Close to Home
Grab-and-go food can be just as satisfying and nutritious as a sit-down meal. Plan ahead for convenience and good health by prepping these homemade energy boosters:
- Snack packs. Portable 100-calorie portions are easy to make yourself. A cup of air-popped popcorn with a tablespoon of dark chocolate chips or pistachios is about 100 calories. Or pair a handful of raw veggies with a 50-calorie dollop of hummus.
- Quick breakfasts. Granola bars and flavored yogurt are often overloaded with sugar. Try rolled oats sweetened with fruit puree and cinnamon or plain, low-fat yogurt topped with fresh fruit as healthier options.
- Ready lunches. Prepared meals typically are high in sodium. Instead, pack your own salad in a jar, make and freeze roasted vegetable wraps, or brown bag hearty soup in a microwaveable container.
- Take time today to plan healthy to-go foods for the week - your body and brain will thank you.
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