Healthy Eating on the Go

In this busy life, eating three healthy meals a day can be a challenge.  Too often, “on-the go” protein bars, yogurts, and cereals are laden with sugar, which is bad for the waistline.  Going out for lunch is tough- it’s hard to decipher how healthy a meal is. What was it cooked in unhealthy oils?  How much dressing is on that salad?  Is that rich soup made with heavy cream?

And dinner time, who wants to cook at the end of the day when the pizza guy will deliver a warm, delicious meal in 30 minutes or less?

Eating healthy seems impossible, but it’s not.  In fact, with minimal planning, three balanced meals plus a healthy snack or two is doable, no matter your schedule.  There are secrets to maximize success.  Before you make grandiose promises to yourself that you will never keep, consider the following:

  • What healthy foods do you enjoy?  Don’t plan to bring a salad to work every day if you’ve never gotten into salad.  Bananas are a great on-the-go food, but if the texture of a banana makes you gag, don’t force yourself to eat it.  Make a list of the foods you like best (vegetables and fruits first), and incorporate those into your eating plans.  Keep the list on hand always for inspiration.

  • When do you have the energy and the time for meal preparation?  If you’re a morning person, you might get dinner ready first thing, utilizing a crockpot or preparing and then placing an uncooked meal into the refrigerator, ready and waiting to be baked come dinnertime.  If you’re a night owl, use that time to pack a healthy lunch for the next few days.

  • How much water are you drinking?  Getting enough water controls hunger, reduces calorie intake, aids in digestion, and even energizes muscles.  Are you carrying your water bottle with you everywhere you go?

After you’ve considered these things, it’s time to put a healthy eating plan into action.

  • Ditch packaged, processed snacks for nuts, fruits, and other portable foods.  Roasted chickpeas, trail mix, homemade popcorn, pumpkin seeds, cheese sticks: the list of healthy “fast foods” is endless.

  • Variety may be the spice of life, but if you’re busy, consider ditching variety for well-balanced meals you don’t have to think about.  Pick the same breakfast every day for a week: week one: oatmeal with fruit.  Week two: yogurt with a dash of honey, granola, and fruit.  Week three: an omelet with cheese and mushrooms.  Do the same with lunch.  You’ll find the lack of decision-making decidedly freeing.  Save those creative juices for family dinners.

  • Research the healthiest meal at each fast-food restaurant.  Because, let’s face it, someday you’re going to find yourself in the drive-thru lane.  Even McDonald’s has a healthy salad on its menu.

  • Get the tools you need to help you succeed.  Instant Pots are all the rage right now, and for good reason.  This handy appliance serves as a rice cooker, a slow cooker, a steamer, warmer, sauté-pan, and more. Do you have frozen meat that needs to be thawed and turned into a meal?  The Instant Pot can handle it.  Dinner is ready, but your family isn’t?  Turn the warmer on, and the meal will be piping hot when everyone has finally gathered to sit down for a meal.  The Instant Pot has a loyal following.  Check out Pinterest and Facebook for recipes and advice.

  • Currently, the RHC Lean Body Program is majorly discounted.  Streamline your health initiatives with this comprehensive package that includes weight loss support vitamin supplements and delicious protein drink packets that will leave you satisfied.  The plan comes with a how-to program guide AND a complementary shaker bottle.  Our shakes are the perfect on-the-go meals for people who want convenience plus the assurance that they are getting the nutrition they need.

The first step is to gain personal insight and discover how to best plan for personal success, even when you’re very busy.  Step two is, with minimal planning, take advantage of the tools and resources that will help you maintain your waistline and our overall well being without spending hours upon hours creating elaborate meals.  Eating healthy doesn’t have to be time-consuming!  And it doesn’t have to taste bad, either.  Discover what works for you, enjoy healthy meals on the go.