We’ve all been there. You’re stuck in traffic or in a pinch for time, starting to feel hungry, but the only food option is overpriced junk food. Don’t give in, it’s not worth it. The key to avoiding those unhealthy choices is being prepared.
Plan Ahead: If you know you’re going to be traveling for a few hours and there’s going to be limited access to the foods that you want to eat to feel your best, then come prepared. Pack healthy meals that you enjoy. These snacks don’t have to be complicated, sometimes, the simpler, the better.
When deciding planning a meal, choose complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and protein. Combining these three, will guarantee that your meal is filling and will fill your body properly.
Below are some of my favorites of each food group:
- Complex carbohydrate: sweet potato, brown rice, rolled oats, quinoa, fruit
- Healthy fat: avocado, nut butter, nuts & seeds
- Protein: chicken, lentils, tofu, turkey, hard boiled eggs
Pack snacks: If you just need a little something between meals, pack healthy snacks! Fruits and veggies are great snack choices: put your favorites in little Ziplock baggies or Tupperware containers of your favorites. I also really like to put raw almonds in a baggie or eat a bar. Look for bars with fewer ingredients that you can actually pronounce – think real food. My favorite are Lara or Kind bars!
Choose wisely: Many convenience stores have started carrying more healthy options. If possible, try to reach for whole foods first – apples, bananas, fruit cups, sliced veggies, salads. Grab some protein and healthy fats to fuel your muscles and keep you full. Greek yogurt, protein packed smoothies, hard boiled eggs, and nuts are a few of my go-tos.
It is possible to make healthy choices when you’re in a pinch…you’ve just got to put forth the effort. As you have probably heard: “Fail to plan, plan to fail.”
I hope this is helpful!