Eating on the Go
Did you know that eating on the go can actually benefit your diet and your health? You might actually be amazed by some of the benefits that eating while you’re out and about could bring. The key to success is choosing the right meals and snacks. However, before we explore the wide and varied list of great, delicious, healthy food that you can eat while you’re out and about, let’s explore some of these advantages.
One of the biggest benefits of eating while you’re out and about is that you won’t find yourself tired and exhausted. It’s important to stay fueled in every situation, whether you’re at work, shopping or exercising. Picture this: you’re hiking a mountain, and halfway up you ‘hit a wall.’ Essentially, you find that you can’t continue, the weight of your backpack is dragging you down, and you just want to turn around and sit at the bottom of the hill. This scenario is all too familiar to anyone who has gone on a long hike. You might find, in this situation, that all you need is a quick, nutritious snack and you’ll find the energy you need to carry on.
Another situation might be halfway through work. It’s been a long day of meetings and deadlines, you are struggling to concentrate, and the words on the screen are starting to blur together. A quick, healthy snack can give you the energy you need, improve cognitive performance and get you back on track.
Or, perhaps you’re trying to lose weight? For some metabolisms, eating smaller meals and snacks throughout the day may be better than just eating three large meals a day. This allows you to digest smaller amounts of food more easily and process it rather than letting it build on your body.
Of course, for this to work, we need to be thinking ahead about what we’re going to eat while we’re on the go. Otherwise, we can be tempted by some rather unhealthy options. For instance, you might find that you pass a drive-through fast food option at the side of the road. Unless you have easy access to healthy snacks, there’s not much to stop you from pulling in and satisfying your appetite with food that is unhealthy and not all that filling.
The good news is that if you do think about it, food on the go can be healthy. Here a few little tips on how to make sure you’re getting a healthy meal on the go.
The best example of the importance of menu planning is when you go on holiday. If you’re planning a vacation soon, make sure you look up and research places to eat and places to buy food. If you can, get a hotel room with a mini-fridge. That way, you’ll be able to keep food fresh in your room and then take it with you the next day. By doing the research, you’ll know where you can get some healthy food options on the go and buy some great snacks. You can even pack some dry food that is healthy like oatmeal in your suitcase if you’re not traveling too far. But the key here is to be organized, have a plan and stick to it. Do this, and there’s no reason why a vacation or really any trip out needs to turn into a time when you gorge on unhealthy food.
Alternatively, you can prepare a smoothie to take with you on the go. The big benefit of the smoothie is that you can blend everything you need for a days meal, including fresh fruit and greens, into one easy-to-consume snack. You’ll be amazed by how delicious and customizable a healthy smoothie can be — and the best part is that it’s perfect for a day on the go.
Take Your Time And Eat Often
Finally, there are two pieces of advice that you need to take on board when you’re on the go. First, eating on the go doesn’t mean that you have to eat quickly or that you should. Instead, you should take your time because this will give your body the time it needs to digest the food properly. Even a smoothie doesn’t need to be gulped down.
Second, make sure you are eating healthy snacks often through the day. Remember, if you’re eating healthily there’s no need to feel guilty about snacking down in between meals at work, on your lunch break or while you’re wandering around town. You could actually be improving your health, one little snack at a time.