Let’s be realistic, eating healthy on-the-go is not always an easy task. So many of us turn to unhealthy, convenient snacks and pre-made supermarket lunches that are high in fat, calories and sugar, the prime culprits of weight gain. Planning your meals and snacks ahead of the day is a great habit to get in to, giving you more control over the foods that are going into our bodies.
We’ve come up with our ultimate top tips on how to eat healthier when we’re out and about. Whether your prone to eating at your desk , on the road, on a bike ride, before and after the gym or at the cinema, these tips will have you covered!
My brother works on a high country station in New Zealand and gets up at 4am to prepare for the day ahead of mustering sheep by foot around the hills. As a tip he always makes his lunch before breakfast – the reason being; if you are full when you make your lunch you don’t pack enough to eat for a big day! Bad snacking for me happens when I run out of food and go hunting or shopping and it always ends up being a ‘treat’ snack instead of a ‘better’ snack!
Taking healthy snacks like nuts, seeds, fresh berries or chopped veggies & a small tub of hummus can be a great way to control sugar cravings throughout the day and stop us from feeling ‘hangry’. Whether you’re munching at your desk at work or off to the cinema with friends, packing your own healthy snacks will help stop you being tempted to splurge on unhealthy, sugary snacks like chocolate, crisps, sweets and popcorn. Eating these unhealthier snacks just makes us hungrier unlike high protein and fibre rich snacks such as nuts and seeds which are known for keeping our tummy’s feeling fuller for longer. Trust me when I say you’ll feel so much better for carrying around these simple and healthy snack alternatives and your body will thank you later for it.
Break-the-fast! Breakfast is by far the most important meal of the day. That’s why it’s so important to get it right. If you’re prone to starting the day with quick unhealthy foods such as sugary cereals and pastries or usually skip breakfast altogether, then we’ve got a solution for you. By making your breakfast the night before, you’ll be able to have an easier and healthier start to your day. Overnight oats are probably my favourite. All you need to do is mix up your porridge oats with natural yogurt or a nut based milk, mix in some fresh or frozen berries and drizzle over toasted seeds and honey. Pop it into a plastic container, put it in the fridge and take it to work the next day. So simple and delicious!
Although eating healthy doesn’t mean giving up all of your favourite foods, being aware of healthy alternatives doesn’t do you any harm. These days its quite hard to know whether your ready-made salad boxes, sushi or wraps are doing you more harm than good. However, if you become more savvy about the ingredients going into your foods such as super foods, toasted seeds, avocado, salmon, curly kale you’ll be able to get more of an idea whether something is actually good for you or not.