With back to school time looming, schedules quickly get hectic and time often becomes sparse. This raises challenges when eating healthy because oftentimes, it seems all there is time for is to grab something and go.
But just because it's on-the-go doesn't have to mean compromising nutrion. Here's some tips to eating and snacking on the go.
- Always cook extra food so you can pack the leftovers for lunch the next day. It's then as simple as tossing the leftovers in some tubberware when cleaning up, and grabbing it out of the fridge the next morning on the way out the door.
- Make use of extra time on weekends. It can be very helpful to prepare foods for the week on Sunday; for example, making a large pot of brown rice, bulgar, wheat berries, etc to last through the week. When you need it, it's in the fridge cooked and ready for use.
- Stock up on some quick on-the-go healthy snacks.
- Fruits and Veggies. Nothing is easier than tossing an apple, banana, or orange in your bag. (Pack a 90 calories portion size or peanut butter and it becomes an even more balanced snack)
- Nuts. A handful of natural nuts such as almonds or walnuts is a great way to tide you over, make you feel full, and get some healthy fats into your diet
- Dried Fruit. A delicious, sweet, and healthy snack (just watch for added sugar and pay attention to serving sizes as dried fruit adds up fast!)
- Fruit Leathers. Similar to regular dried fruit, just watch for added sugar.
- Whole wheat tortilla with peanut butter. Simply spread a serving of PB onto a tortilla, fold it up, and it becames a great on-the-go snack. (Add a half of a banana for more flavor).
- Healthy bars. Look for bars with as few ingredients as possible! Though this can become pricey if you eat them all the time, here are some great bars to eat on-the-go; Larabars, Pure bars, Weil bars, Nectar Cacao Clif bars, Kind bars, etc.
With a little planning, staying healthy admist a crazy, hectic, and tight schedule is entirely possible and worth every minute!