Eating Smart on the Go

By Emily Lesky

Whether you’re traveling on vacation or heading into work, knowing how to eat smart on the go can help you get the nutrition you need. There are several options for eating on the go, including planning ahead of time or making smart choices as you go.

Planning Ahead

Planning your snacks or meals ahead of your trip can be cost effective and ensure that you have access to food that you enjoy. For snacks, try chopping up fresh fruits and veggies to bring on the go. Storing fruits and veggies in an insulated cooler bag with a reusable icepack will keep them cold for 2-2.5 hours. Other great options include low-fat cheese and whole wheat crackers or whole fruit that does not require preparation, like bananas or oranges.

Packing breakfast to eat on the go is a great way to start your day off right! Check out the graphic below for some quick breakfast ideas to fuel your morning.

Making Smart Choices as You Go

If planning ahead is not an option, making smart choices on the go can help you make healthy food decisions. When eating away from home, look for low-fat and whole grain options. Opting for dressing and sauces on the side for salads or sandwiches is also a good way to cut down on excess calories, sugar, sodium, and saturated fats.

If your only available source of food is a gas station or convenience store, some healthy options to look for include foods like bananas, Greek yogurt, nuts, hummus, and string cheese, and whole grain crackers.

Eating smart on the go can be challenging, but planning ahead when possible and looking for healthy options can ensure you’re able to get the nutrients you need. Next time you’re on the go, review these tips to help fuel your body while traveling!