It can sometimes be a challenge to eat healthy while running around trying to get done all of the things you have to get done in a day. A little pre-planning, and preparation can get you back to eating healthy before you know it. Here are a few things you can do when trying to eat healthier lunches while on the go.
When life is busy, planning is often more of a thought than a follow through action; it is however a necessity for eating healthy on the go. Planning your dietary intake starts with planning your meal options before you grocery shop. Picking items that are easily transportable that you can turn into meals is a great way to have quick and easy healthy lunches available for when you are rushing out the door.
Look at your schedule for the week coming up and prepare meals in advance. Keeping single serving storage containers on hand is one way to prepare meals and freeze them for quick and easy lunch options. This doesn’t mean spending an entire weekend cooking for the week, although you could. It means when cooking dinners, you make extra that you can freeze for a later date. This way you accomplish two meal preparations at once saving you time, money, and calories in the process.
Prepare your lunch the night before so that it is ready for you to grab and go in the morning. Time is a huge restraint in the mornings as you attempt to get the kids out the door and get to work on time. When you prepare your lunches the night before, you minimize the amount of time spent in the kitchen in the morning allowing you to focus that time else where.
Lunch doesn’t have to be a sit down meal, or a fat filled sandwich. Use your imagination to create lower carb, options such as:
- Meat and Cheese Roll-ups
- Chicken or Tuna Salad cups with whole grain crackers for dipping
- Homemade Soups
- Homemade Pot Pies (Easily prepared in single serve dishes and frozen for later use.)
By thinking outside of the box, you will be surprised at the many alternatives to store bought meal options that are available.
Watch your Portions
It is easy to over indulge when eating on the go. People tend to start to “robo” eat as they focus on doing other things. Their eating habits become more of an automatic movement without paying attention to how much they are shoveling in; think about sitting on the couch munching on chips while watching TV at night. You are no longer focused on the flavors or textures; you are simply putting them into your mouth and chewing until you run out. This is not healthy.
Modify these habits by breaking things out into individual servings before storing them so that you can easily grab a portion appropriate snack or meal time item when in a hurry.
Living a busy lifestyle doesn’t mean that you have to live on fast food and junk. Planning, preparing, and watching your portion control are excellent ways of continuing to live a fully rewarding busy lifestyle without giving up the healthy benefits of natural eating.