It's hard to cook homemade, healthy meals when you have a family that is constantly on the go. You may have to eat out, but that doesn't mean you have to eat poorly! Follow these tips to make the best choices for you and your family when you need to find a quick and simple solution.
Customization is key – We know what you’re thinking. Not another boring salad. Don’t get us wrong, there are lots of great salad options out there, but it doesn’t always have to come to that (and let’s be honest, they aren’t always the healthiest options anyway!). Some restaurants offer salads in a sandwich or wrap form so get creative and look for ways to customize your meal to avoid racking up calories. And don’t be afraid to ask for alternatives and swap out ingredients to lighten things up. Veggies are a great way to add variety and bulk up a burger or sandwich. A popular trend now is fast food restaurants that allow you to customize your meal with fresh, healthy ingredients. For example, try a chicken or veggie burrito bowl with beans, brown rice, salsa or guacamole that offers a balanced meal with both protein and carbs all in one. It is best to avoid the cheese and sour cream but if you must, ask for a small side for dipping or “just a little” instead of the usual amount.
Be careful with condiments - In the world of fast food (and life in general) condiments mean calories (and delicious calories at that). We know it’s not easy, but do your best to stay away from creamy, oil-based condiments like mayonnaise and ranch dressing. BBQ sauce, ketchup, and mustard are better alternatives that will help keep it on the healthier side. Don’t forget about avocados, they are a great way to add a mayo-like texture and flavor to your favorite burger or sandwich without the extra guilt.
Extras add up – We are all guilty of giving into the fatty fries, milkshakes, and sugary beverages when eating on the go (we deserve to indulge every now and then), but the extras add up quickly without us even realizing it. A side salad, cup of chili or soup (skip the creamy kind), or fresh fruit and veggies are all lighter ways to add variety to your main dish. Requesting half-size portions is also a good way to cut back. When it comes to drinks, water isn’t the only health-conscious option. Unsweetened tea, milk or 100% juice are also better choices.
Life is hard enough without having to worry about eating healthy. With these tips and a bit of creativity you will be a pro at eating on the go!