Updated: Sep 10, 2019
Yesterday was a cool day - I got my first article/blog published in Grind Pretty's digital magazine, and it's officially live! I wrote about how to eat clean while-on-the-go and so I wanted to share it on my own blog as well for you to read! Enjoy!
Let’s be honest: eating clean and healthy in general is already a challenging task – but trying to do so while traveling or on-the-go? That is even harder! Many of the fast food chains out there provide only food options that are FULL of chemicals and preservatives, so it is extremely difficult to find anything to eat that is not going to harm your health. Did you know that a McDonald’s happy meal will still look the EXACT same, even 8 years later, because of all the chemicals in it to help it stay preserved? That’s gross if you ask me.
I’m here to tell you from my own personal experience that it has taken quite some time to figure out the best ways to fuel my body when I’m in hustle mode, but options are out there, I promise! Your goal is to eat snacks or meals that will keep your blood sugar balanced and prevent you from grabbing the first thing you see just to satisfy that “hunger” craving. NO idea where to start? I’m here to help:
Tips For Eating Healthy On-The-Go:
Prep Your Food The Night Before
Freeze your smoothie, chop up your vegetables, prepare your mason-jar-salad, package your trail mix – a little extra time at night saves you all of the stress in the morning when you are running out the door.
Make an extra serving when cooking dinner and save the other half for lunch the next day! Simply throw in some fresh veggies or add on some fresh dressing and it’s just like new! I won’t lie, leftovers took me a while to warm up to, but now I always strive to make larger meals so I have a second one ready to go without having to think about it.
Focus On Eating Foods That Won’t Spike Your Blood Sugar
Your goal is to fuel your body with foods that are full of healthy proteins, fats, fibers or greens to prevent your blood sugar from spiking, which only leads to you feeling constantly hungry throughout the day (ever feel like you have to eat every hour or experience a 3PM slump?). To do this: avoid fast food, processed grains, sugars and limit your fruit intake!
Recipes/Ideas For Eating Healthy On-The-Go:
Raw Nuts or Seeds
Almonds, macadamia nuts, pistachios, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds are a great little snack.
Pair with some almond butter, fresh avocado/guacamole, or hummus for added flavor.
Full of healthy proteins and fats to keep you feeling satisfied until your next meal.
Take any salad recipe and transfer it into a mason jar! Store in the fridge until use, and simply grab it on your way out the door to have as a meal for later. Store dressing separately. Click here for a salad idea!
So easy to prepare and a great option for a quick breakfast or a mid-day snack. Click here to see how to prepare them!
Keep fruit limited to 1/3 cup and add in some greens, fiber, and protein to stay balanced. Click here for an idea!
Homemade Trail Mix
Throw together some dried fruit, raw nuts and seeds to create your own mix and keep sugar content low.
A recipe that is great for leftovers and can be eaten in different ways (lettuce wrap or by itself). Click here for the recipe!
Banana Nut Chia Muffins
Make these in bulk and grab them in the morning as a quick breakfast alternative. Click here for the recipe!
Best Places to Shop/Dine for Quick and Healthy Food Options (most local to Atlanta area):
Ponce City Market
Kale Me Crazy
Dtox Organic Juice
Sama Food For Balance
Eat Karma Daisy
True Food Kitchen
Red Pepper Taqueria
Bantam + Biddy
and so many more!
See, I told you that eating healthy on-the-go is doable. Just like anything else in life, it takes practice (and maybe a little extra preparation and patience). I promise you though that better choices throughout the day will provide you with more energy, balanced moods, better productivity and (quite possibly) the shedding of a few pounds.
Need additional help to get started? Check out my website for more recipes, subscribe to my blog for updated health content, follow me on Instagram and Facebook to see how I function day-to-day, or even sign up with me for a FREE one-on-one consultation where we can chat a little more about your health goals (and make them come true)! All you have to do is click here.
I hope you feel more equipped next time you’re in hustle mode! I wish you the best of luck!