I always kind of chuckle when I hear someone respond to “how are you” with “busy!” because, well, aren’t we all? You rarely hear anyone say “hey, I’m just hanging out killing time” right? But being busy does not have to become an excuse for eating poorly, especially when feeding your family. And that’s why I’m thrilled to be partnering with Healthy Choice to bring you some helpful hacks for eating healthy on the go.
Today’s family is busier than ever before. Mom and Dad are busy with work, meetings, and shuttling the kids to all their activities. It’s easy to skimp on healthy foods in favor of grabbing a quick bite at the local drive thru. With a little bit of preplanning, you can still eat healthy when you are on the go. Here are some ideas that have worked for us:
Keep healthy snacks in the car.
If you are out driving around when hunger strikes, often time convenience stores and drive thrus are your only options and pretty hard to resist. Keep healthy snacks like nuts, jerky, freeze dried fruit or whole wheat crackers in your car. No, they won’t replace a healthy meal, but they just might take the edge off enough for you to get home and make something nourishing.
Stop at a grocery store instead of a drive thru or convenience store.
If you’re out and about and really need a quick snack, stop at a grocery store rather than a convenience store. Most grocery stores have containers of prepared fruits and veggies in addition to the ones like apples and bananas that need no prep. You can also grab healthy items like a container of yogurt or 100% fruit juice beverage. Hard to find those choices in a gas station quick mart.
Pack a cooler.
Coolers aren’t just for picnics. If you know you are going to be out and about for most of the day, pack a cooler for yourself just the same as you would for a day at the beach. One of my favorites is mason jar salads. You can make a week’s worth on the weekend and then just grab one or two as you need them. Don’t forget to include lots of water to drink as well!
Stock your freezer with lots of easy and quick meals.
I love the idea of planning out a month’s worth of meals and prepping and freezing them, but to be honest it rarely happens in this house. Many of those types of meals have to be put into a crock pot at the beginning of the day and I tend to forget that step. My latest go-to for quick and healthy (and delicious!) meals on demand is Healthy Choice Simply Cafe Steamers.
Ready in just minutes and clocking in at 270 calories or less, it is a perfect lunch for me when I am rushing to find something between appointments or meetings. The four flavors pictured below are made with organic ingredients and tons of flavor, I find myself reaching for Healthy Choice Simply Cafe Steamers even when I’m not in a hurry. I think it’s the steam that makes these bowls really stand out – the sauce is contained below the ingredients and gently steams them while cooking which means even the pasta comes out perfectly, never rubber, tough or soggy like other frozen meals. There are so many delicious varieties to choose from!
So you can see that eating healthy on the go doesn’t have to be impossible, no matter how busy you are!