How to Eat Well on the Go

Eating healthy isn’t always an easy task when you have a busy life. Whether running errands, taking the kids to sports practice or venturing out on a road trip, it’s usually easiest to just make a quick stop at your local Syracuse, NY burger joint. Obviously, this isn’t a safe long-term practice, especially considering how parents’ eating habits affect children’s behaviors. The rising incidence of childhood obesity and the increased need for medical weight loss intervention signal that it’s time for Americans to get smart about their eating habits. The good news is that you can feed yourself and your family, even when you’re busy, by following some of these helpful suggestions.

Grab a Snack Before You Head Out

Before you head out to run your errands, eat a quick, healthy snack. This will remove any temptation you might have to pull through your favorite drive-thru or grab a bag of potato chips at the corner gas station. Healthy choices to consider include fruit, a cup of yogurt or a couple of small handfuls of granola.

Hit the Grocery Store

Instead of relying on convenience stores when you’re out and can’t wait to get home to eat, stop by your local grocery store or market. You can choose from the freshest fruits and vegetables in town instead of relying on fried or fat-filled snacks. If you need a full meal, look for freshly prepared deli sandwiches and salads, which are offered at most grocery stores.

Choose Healthy Fast Food

Although this is a bit of an oxymoron, it is possible to find a few healthy choices at most fast food restaurants. Instead of a burger, choose grilled chicken and forgo fatty condiments like mayonnaise. Other choices might include yogurt or a garden salad with low-calorie dressing.

Stash Away Some Snacks

Sometimes, there just aren’t any good choices when you’re out on the road. In this case, it’s a good idea to keep a stash of healthy snacks close at hand, like in your desk drawer, purse and car. Consider snacks that keep well and don’t require any special handling. Some good choices include protein bars, trail mix and dried fruit.

 

Gina Taro
I am a hairdresser, and I used to snack on trail mix and dried fruit at work, in between clients. I was afraid that there was too much sugar in the dried fruit, so I switched to almonds. Does that mean that I can safely have some yogurt raisins and dried pineapples, or is that just as many calories as the snickers bars I used to eat just like I am thinking? - Gina (More confused now.....DOH!!)