Eating healthily at home is relatively easy, right? However, hectic schedules mean it’s commonplace to grab something out of convenience. Knowing which options are healthy can be a bit of a minefield, so we’ve taken the hassle out it for next time you’re caught in the convenience trap. Read on for meals and snacks that are perfect for eating healthily on the go.
Almonds make fantastic snacks as they’re high in protein and fibre, both of which are great for keeping us feeling full. However, be mindful of portion size; stick to just a handful as almonds are still relatively high in calories and their moreish taste means it’s easy to overdo it.
High-quality protein bars also make fantastic snacks (link to my new article on plant-based snack bars). Yes, you could make your own if you’re feeling creative, but this article is all about nutrition for those who are short on time. Therefore, if you’re too busy to bake, grab yourself a store-bought bar, which can be just as nutritious as homemade. Yes; it should taste nice, but also make sure you choose a bar that contains 15-20g of protein and that isn’t loaded with added sugars.
Whenever possible, it’s a great idea to fill your bag with snacks that are convenient, non-perishable and punch above their weight when it comes to nutrition. However, if it happens you’re so strapped for time that you forget to pack these snacks, use the same principles to pick something up from the nearest store.
Clever meal choices
Next time you find yourself grabbing breakfast on the go, turn to porridge or a low calorie bircher to satisfy your hunger. Oats offer slow-release carbs and fibre to keep us going for longer, whilst milk adds protein and calcium. Pair with a handful of nuts and banana for an extra dose of fibre, as well as some healthy fats and protein.
Ok so breakfast has been and gone; how about lunch? Whilst you could always go wild and still order one of the above breakfast options (hey; who doesn’t love a bit of brunch?!), go for a chicken salad wrap if you’re craving a more traditional lunch option. High in protein, vitamins and minerals, and with the perfect balance between enough and too many carbs, this will set you up nicely for the afternoon.
In need of something a little more warming now that the temperature has fallen? Choose the soup option; a great one for fixing any comfort food cravings. Pick veg-based soups over creamier options to reduce the saturated fat and calorie content, and send you well on your way to meeting your 5-a-day. Pair with a side of hard boiled eggs for a satiating hit of high-quality protein.
Whilst it can feel tricky eating well when you’re rushing around, ensuring that the healthy stuff is to hand is not as complicated as it may seem. Why not pack some almonds or a protein bar in your bag next time you head to work or set out on a long journey?! Most chains also now offer healthy food options for both breakfast and lunch on the go. The result? Being time-poor doesn’t have to mean forfeiting your health!