On the Go-Be Smart, Eat Smart

Wake up. Get the kids ready for school. Take the kids to school. Go to work. Work all day. Pick the kids up. Grocery shopping. Soccer practice. Piano lessons. Bedtime battles. Sleep, and repeat! Being on the go all the time and eating out frequently can make it hard to stay on track with eating healthy. Larger portions and too many extras can make it difficult to stay within calorie needs. Use these tips when making choices next time you’re eating away from home.

  • Consider your drink. Choose water, fat-free or low-fat milk, unsweetened tea, or other drinks without the added sugar.
  • Savor a salad. Start your meal with a salad packed with vegetables to help you feel satisfied sooner. Always ask for the dressing on the side and try to use a minimal amount.
  • Share a main dish. Try splitting a main entrée with friends or family members.
  • Pack your snack. Pack fresh fruit, sliced vegetables, low-fat string cheese, or unsalted nuts to eat on road trips. No need to stop for food when you pack ready-to-eat snacks.
  • Fruits and vegetables! Stir-fries, kabobs, or vegetarian options are usually full of vegetables. Stay away from creamy sauces or heavy gravies. Select fruits for dessert.

  • Compare calories, fat, and sodium.
    A lot of menus now include nutrition information. Look for things that are lower in calories, saturated fat, and sodium. If the nutrition information is not on the menu, ask your server if they have one in the back.
  • Quit the “clean your plate club”. When you start to feel full, STOP. Take leftovers home in a container and chill in the refrigerator as soon as possible.

We know that being busy can make it tough, but following these simple tips can keep you on the right track for healthy eating! sy