Discover healthy meals you can eat on the go.

When you’re on the go, it can be tempting to run through a drive-through for fast food. Unfortunately, fast food options are short on nutrients and high on calories. Instead of relying on restaurant food and unhealthy snacks, prepare on the go meals ahead of time. Next time you’re rushing to a meeting or an after-school activity, grab one of these healthy meals and snacks and go.

Prepare a smoothie in the morning and have it ready to go in a travel cup with a wide straw. Add great ingredients like spinach, Greek yogurt or almond butter for an added boost. Even kids can enjoy smoothies on the go. Just remember to get the travel cups out of your car when you get home or you’ll have a serious dishwashing situation on your hands.

The CDC recommends keeping fruit on hand for snacking when you’re on the go. Apples, oranges, bananas, canned fruit without added sugars and raisins make healthy snacks for adults and kids. Keep a few on hand for snacking while at work or in transit.

Cheese and crackers
Whole grain crackers and low fat cheese make great snacks and light meals when you’re on the go. Choose crackers with low sodium and lots of fiber. Seasoning is great, but too much salt is bad. Cut your own cheese into cubes or look for low fat cheese sticks and cubes to pack for car rides.

Deli sandwiches
Make your own deli meat and cheese sandwiches using whole wheat bread and healthy toppings like lettuce, tomato and mustard. Avoid mayonnaise and fattening dressings. Use a small lunch box and freezer pack to keep your sandwich chilled and ready to eat at work or in the car.

Want to learn more about how your diet affects your body and what you can do to get healthy? Visit North Hills Hospital online or call 1-855-5NHILLS for a physician referral.

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