Food on the Go

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Today’s working professionals and chief family officers seem to always be on the go. Fast food seems to be all too convenient for most of those days. With a little foresight, you will be able to avoid fast food drive thru lines and ensure you get better quality food.

I found these four tips from Pete Williams, a favorite sports & fitness writer, on another favorite fitness web resource, CorePerformance.com. You may find the original article here.

1. Think in terms of time and money
There’s a tendency to think you’ll save time and money by grabbing food on the go, especially if you’re traveling on someone else’s dime. In reality, it takes more time to hunt for food than it would to pack accordingly. Bringing your own food is cheaper than purchasing quality food—or even bad food, for that matter—on the run. You also have far more control over the nutritional content. There’s nothing worse than eating poorly because there were no other options or you were short on time. By packing your own food, you’ll not only eat better, you’ll save time and money, thus increasing your performance. That’s triple motivation.

2. Stock your “desk”
Just as you want to fill your desk drawer at work with healthy options to avoid trips to the vending machine, you should pack the car accordingly when working on the go. The console in between the front seats is a great place to stash almonds, fruit, and healthy snack bars. Another idea: Store a container under the seat that includes a box of oatmeal, tear-open packaged tuna fish, jerky, apples, and oranges. Also include whole-wheat bread, condiments in one-serving packs, one-serving containers of sugar-free applesauce, plastic utensils, paper plates, and hand wipes. (Though such food can serve as an emergency stash, don’t leave anything that can spoil for any length of time.)

3. Refrigerate, hydrate, and regenerate
Coolers aren’t just for tailgating and trips to the beach. Keep a small cooler in your car, restocking it with bottled water and ready-to-drink meal replacement products. Also include fresh veggie snacks and fat-free yogurt with no sugar added. Just don’t leave anything perishable in a hot car for extended periods, even if it’s in a cooler. If you’re traveling on the highway, pull over for a picnic of sorts at a rest area. Do some Movement Prep (read “5 Ways to Make Your Daily Commute Healthier” for stretching ideas). This brief pitstop will recharge you mentally and physically in less time than it would take to pull over at a commercial area and attempt to find healthy food.

4. Don’t forget the weekends
Even if you don’t work weekends, they can be just as hectic between errands, social commitments, and driving kids around. Having nutritious food options can help satisfy cranky kids of all ages while making sure you stay on schedule throughout the weekend.


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