When you’re on the run—whether you’re doing errands, going to work, or managing family responsibilities—it’s not uncommon to put all thoughts of healthy eating on the backburner. A candy bar can’t possibly hurt, right? Wrong. To live a healthy lifestyle, you need to create good eating habits.
We sat down with Lisa Lewtan, a healthy living coach and panelist at our upcoming Young Women’s Brunch and Learn event, to discover how women can maintain good eating habits even on the busiest of days.
Here are Lisa’s six quick tips for eating healthy on the go.
1) Start with a healthy breakfast.
Even when you’re in a hurry, take the time to eat a healthy breakfast. This sets you up for making better food choices throughout the day.
Breakfast idea: Have a sweet tooth? Make steel cut oats with nuts and fruit. Or if you prefer savory flavors, add a fried egg and spinach to your oats. “Eating vegetables in the morning is a great way to start your day because you want to get in as many vegetables as you can,” says Lisa.
2) Have a plan before leaving the house.
When you’re away from home, there’s always a temptation to eat whatever is available. Avoid bad food by packing healthy snacks that you can eat on the go.
Bonus tip: Purchase a small cooler bag for storing snacks, like hard boiled eggs and veggies, and get in the habit of bringing it with you everywhere.
3) Don’t eat in the car.
The obvious: eating while driving is dangerous. However, there’s another good reason for not eating in the car: “You’re distracted,” says Lisa, “and we always want to eat mindfully.”
4) Eat every few hours.
Keep your blood sugar steady by eating every few hours. If you go longer, you’ll be more likely to overeat and make poor food choices, like giving in to sweet cravings.
5) Eat snacks with proteins.
By adding proteins to snacks, you’ll keep your hunger at bay longer.
Snack idea: “Instead of having an apple, have an apple with peanut butter. Or instead of just having veggies, have veggies and hummus,” Lisa recommends.
6) Stay hydrated.
Keep a 64 oz bottle of water on hand, and use it to refill your glass or water bottle throughout the day. This holds you accountable for drinking the recommended daily serving of H20.
Add flavor: If you want to add a bit of flavor with your water, squeeze in fresh lemon or lime.
Want more expert tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle? Register now for Blending Health and Healing, a Young Women’s Brunch and Learn event.
Lisa Lewtan is a healthy living coach and the founder of Healthy, Happy, and Hip. She works one-on-one with clients, runs workshops, provides expert advice on radio shows, speaks publicly and regularly publishes articles on ways to eat and live healthier. ‘Like’ Lisa’s Healthy, Happy, and Hip page on Facebook.