How to Make it a Health(ier) Choice
It happens to all of us… busy day, didn’t have time to meal-prep, you’re traveling, you’re going from meeting to meeting all over town, or you’re unprepared and now HANGRY (never a good situation). So now what? How do you make a good choice without throwing off all the hard work you’ve been doing to clean up your diet?
Here are some potential options and things to consider:
Go to a grocery store if you can. This is almost always going to be healthier than picking up something at your traditional fast food chains. You could….
- Grab a premade salad with chicken on it (go light on the dressing!)
- Get a rotisserie chicken and some snackable veggies like sliced bell peppers, snap peas, carrots, etc. and maybe even some veggie/plantain chips (not the whole bag though).
- They might have a hot bar (or cold bar) where you can put something sensible together with a lean protein, lots of veggies, and maybe a small bit of a healthy starch like sweet potatoes, quinoa, rice, or lentils/beans.
- While you’re at it, grab a piece of fruit and/or a Siggis yogurt in case you need a snack again later.
OR, if you do stop by a fast food chain….. Here are the keys to not letting it throw off your nutrition for the whole day:
- Try to find/add as many veggies as possible.
- Limit/eliminate starchy carbs (like buns and tortillas) or anything fried.
- Ask about substituting a side salad, veggies, or fruit for other sides.
- Hold the cheese, sour cream, mayo, croutons, etc.
- Obviously no shakes or sodas. Get a large water and drink it all! (Fast food is loaded with sodium among other things!)
Bottom line, this is NOT a reason to completely fall off the bandwagon. If you made a “bad” choice, move on and immediately resume your healthy eating. Don’t use that as an excuse to eat crappy for the rest of the day/week/whatever. If you lost $5, you wouldn’t just throw out your whole wallet!
Stay tuned for Part 2 where I break down healthier options by genre of restaurant!