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How to Eat on the Go

How do you eat on the go?

Our lives are so busy. I don’t know about you guys, but my days are busier than ever. I tend to over-schedule myself, too. I make plans weeks in advance, I work out 5 days a week, and I try to find down time for myself here and there. When things get really crazy busy, it’s hard to spend a ton of time on cooking complicated meals–or even healthy meals some days!

Recently I had to take Michael to urgent care. He was really sick (he’s okay now) and I knew there was a possibility that we’d be in the waiting room for several hours. It was right after work, I’d been hungry for several hours and dinner was going to be late. I grabbed a few things to take along just in case. I took some beef jerky, a string cheese and half a bottle of orange juice. Thankfully our visit was very short but the snacks helped curb the hunger I was feeling in a stressful situation.

So what kind of things are good “grab and go” meals and snacks? These are just a few that come to my mind. I’d love it if you guys would share your ideas, too!

Breakfast burritos. These are fast to make and you can throw anything you want in them. Scrambled eggs with spinach, black beans and corn, or sausage and eggs. Then wrap it in foil to keep it warm and mess-free while you eat it.

Breakfast quesadillas are the same concept as the burritos, maybe a little messier to eat on the go.

String cheese is a favorite of mine. We buy them at Costco so we always have them on hand and they’re only 80 calories. If that doesn’t satisfy my hunger, I can add some nuts to it.

Cottage cheese is a another favorite of mine because it’s so healthy, packed with protein, fills me up and is usually low in calories. I often measure out a serving in a small tupperware container and store them in the fridge for lunches and snacks. It’s quick and easy. There are also small packages at the store that are a serving size.

Greek yogurt is also a good one. Like the cottage cheese, I measure it out in small containers to make it simple on myself. I’ve been buying the plain Greek yogurt at Costco because it’s a better deal than the regular grocery store. I’ll add some honey or agave syrup or fresh fruit to it.

Carrots and hummus are another snack you can assemble ahead of time. Maybe on a weekend? Cut up a bunch of carrots, put them in ziplocks and get the single serving hummus to go.

Cut up some fresh fruit and store it for fast snacks. I eat an apple almost every day and I cut it up into slices because it’s easier to eat and it takes longer to eat! In the summer time I get fresh fruit and eat tons of that, or I’ll get watermelon and cut it up into easy serving sizes.

Protein shakes are also great for “grab and go.” You can throw together whatever you have on hand and get great benefits from the smoothie! Need some recipe ideas? Check out this site and this site. Chocolate milk is also an option if you don’t have time to make a shake.

I’ve been wanting to make these mini quiches forever now. I just need to do it! They look so good! It’s something that could be made on the weekend and would be a great breakfast for the week.

Protein bars are good in a pinch. Be careful though, some of them are really high in calories and sugar. I like the Luna bars, they are usually the only brand I buy. They run between 160-180 calories per bar and they taste great!

Laughing cow cheese with some crackers are great because it’s portion controlled, easy to bring along as a snack in the car and taste great.  In the same realm, a serving size package of tuna and crackers are good, too.

Making it Work

Most of these ideas take just a few minutes to prepare and assemble and then you’re set (and don’t forget your crockpot!). Having things like this on hand in the fridge make it so much simpler to eat something healthy instead of falling into the fast food trap. If you do have to go to a fast food place, try getting a salad or their soup.

Something else I do is: I make ziplock bags with measured out serving sizes of trail mix, nuts, dried fruit and keep it stocked for easy snacking. Then I can just snag a ziplock on the way out the door. This trick also keeps me from eating more than one serving!

Just remember: protein and fiber fills you up more than carbs. It’s also a good idea to avoid things with a lot of sugar in it because if you’re like me, you’ll just crash from it!

QUESTION: So what are your “eat and go” ideas? 

A, B, C’s of Food

Saw this on another blog and it was just something fun to do!

A: is for Apple, what’s your favorite variety?

I prefer Gala or Pink Lady apples. I sometimes switch it up and eat green apples but rarely.

B: is for Bread, regardless of nutrition, calories, or whole grains what is your favorite type to have a nice big piece of?

I’d have to go with the New Season’s Olive Ciabatta bread with yummy dipping oil. I could eat an entire loaf by myself…


C: is for Cereal what is your favorite kind currently (just one!)

I don’t eat cereal very often. I don’t think it’s very healthy and it doesn’t fill me up like a good breakfast of eggs and a meat of some kind. In the past, my favorite cereals were Frosted Mini Wheats or Frosted Flakes (noticing a theme??).

D: is for Doughnuts, you might not currently be eating them but what kind do you fancy?

I don’t eat donuts very often. I prefer the plain donuts with regular sugar on it. Or if I’m feeling adventurous, something wacky from Voodoo Donuts!

E: is for Eggs, how would you like yours prepared?

My favorite eggs are scrambled with cream cheese and smoked salmon. YUM!! There are a few amazing breakfast joints in Portland that serve heavenly breakfasts. My other choice would be an egg salad sandwich.

F: is for Fat Free, what is your favorite fat free product?

I eat a lot of fat free plain Greek Yogurt with some fruit, usually Chobani.

G: is for Groceries, where do you purchase yours at?

Fred Meyer, Costco, Trader Joe’s, Safeway.

H: is for Hot Beverages, what is your favorite hot drink?

I suppose I’d go with coffee. My favorite coffee drink used to be a white chocolate mocha with caramel syrup, whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles on top. Sounds like a dessert to me! Now? I drink black coffee with a little flavored creamer.

I: is for Ice Cream, pick a favorite flavor and add a fun topping.

Mint Ice Cream! I love chocolate chip mint. And the topping I’d add would be the Wax Orchard’s fudge sauce. Mmmmm!

J: is for Jams or Jellies, do you eat them, and if so what kind and flavor?

I am trying to limit the bread I eat currently, so I don’t often eat toast with jam. I used to eat it a lot and raspberry is my favorite.

K: is for Kashi, name your favorite Kashi product?

I have a box of Kashi Puff’s but I don’t eat them often (see “cereal”). The cereal is only 70 calories though.

L: is for Lunch, what was yours today?

Salad with broccoli, leftover chicken and peppers from the Mexican dinner we had the other night.

M: is for microwave, what is your favorite microwave meal/snack?

I like the Trader Joe’s frozen Indian food meals. They are tasty and usually low in calories. I love getting my Indian food fix with something like this!

N: is for nutrients, do you likes carbs, fats, or proteins best?

I eat a pretty high-protein diet. I am definitely a carb junkie though. I love bread. The Slow Carb Diet/Four Hour Body diet was an interesting experiment for me because it meant not eating bread or fruit. I was eating a TON of foods that were high in protein and fiber. I actually enjoyed eating those foods.

O: is for oil, what kind do you like to use?

We cook with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Grapeseed Oil. The Grapeseed Oil is a delicious way to cook veggies!

P: is for protein, how do you get yours?

  • low fat cottage cheese
  • plain greek yogurt
  • chicken breasts
  • eggs
  • steak
  • turkey
  • ham

I eat a lot of meat. At one point I was a vegetarian for 12 years. So was Michael. We both returned to eating meat and have never turned back. I like the diet we eat now. I feel strong and healthy!

Q: is for Quaker, how do you like your oats?

I like Scottish Oats. I usually just add some brown sugar and milk to it.

R: is for roasting, what is your favorite thing to roast?

We roast a lot of veggies. Now I’m craving roasted marshmallows. 🙂

S: is for sandwich, what’s your favorite kind?

Egg salad sandwich is my favorite homemade sandwich. But in terms of the best sandwiches in Portland? Papa Haydn’s hands down! Their grilled Croque Monsieur: ham or turkey, grilled parmesan cuomo, gruyere, dijon is AMAZING. One of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had.

T: is for travel, how do you handle eating while traveling?

I take snacks that are healthy and low in calories. I also exercise a lot when I’m on vacation: hiking, biking, running, snowshoeing…When Michael and I plan our trips we always work in some sort of physical activity to balance out “Vacation Eating.”

I like packing protein bars (Luna usually), cheese, apple, bananas, etc.

U: is for unique, what is one of your weirdest food combos?

I don’t know that I HAVE any weird food combos…? If it’s weird I probably won’t eat it. 😉

V: is for vitamins, what kind do you take?

I take a Daily Vitamin plus Vitamin D, Vitamin E and vitamins for my joints.

W: is for wasabi, yay or nay?

NAY! I hate it! I love sushi but never eat ginger or wasabi. Yuck yuck yuck.

X: is for XRAY. If we x-rayed your belly right now, what food would we see?

The Luna Bar I ate before I went swimming, and some black olives and a string cheese I had for  a snack when I got home from the pool.

Y: is for youth, what food reminds you of your childhood?

  • Fruity Pebbles Cereal
  • Baked Mac n’ Cheese
  • Freshly caught trout bbq’ed
  • My Mom’s mustard bread (NOM!)

Z: is for zucchini, how do you prepare it?

Sliced, grilled with steak seasoning and then topped with blue cheese! YUM!

 

QUESTION: Which one of these stood out to you that you want to answer?