Here are my five tips for healthy eating on the move. Isn’t it always the way that when you are trying to eat out healthily, you find yourself faced with what appears to be a very unhealthy choice of food outlets and options so here are my tips to keep you on the straight and narrow! Whatever you choose, try to make it balanced and low GI, this means going for wholegrain and unrefined options where possible, to keep your blood sugar even and feeling fuller for longer.
1. Keep a bag of nuts, seeds and dried fruit in your car or desk at work. If you are really desperate then this will tide you over until you can find something healthy. We need to include more of these in our diet anyway as they contain lots of minerals that are hard to find elsewhere.
2. If your access is to Starbucks, Costa Coffee and the like then go for a well balanced sandwich (ie with all the food groups covered- protein, carbohydrate and fruit/veg). This could be something like tuna and sweetcorn on wholemeal bread with a piece of fruit, or chicken salad on brown bread. Check the calories. Watch out for hidden calories in certain coffees/frappes and steer clear of the muffins, even low fat ones are full of calories in the form of sugar!
3. Motorway service stations can be difficult, but opt for a sandwich as above, or soup and salad with a brown roll. Add in a piece of fruit and you are sorted!
4. The key to keeping fuller for longer and making sure you don’t reach for an unhealthy snack an hour later is to make sure you have a decent amount of protein. For men this probably means that a sandwich is not enough, either have 2 healthy sandwiches or add in some more protein such as a carton of milk, some lean chicken or turkey.
5. This brings me to what is not at first glance a healthy place to eat but has some redeeming features and that is Macdonalds, yes MACDONALDS!! I have discovered that they do porridge for breakfast (add in some fruit and nuts from your little bag, a Tropicana orange juice and you have a really good breakfast!). They also do grilled chicken salads which are incredibly low calorie (even with the dressing) and their grilled chicken and salad wraps make an ideal lunch. Plus for snacks, they have a mini chicken wrap and chicken breast in breadcrumbs, both good choices for a protein based snack. If you don’t believe me click here to find out more nutritional info.
Hope that helps!