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Eating On the Run: Healthy Options to Prepare in Minutes

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: If you're constantly on the go, eating right can seem like a challenge. The key is being prepared.
Air Date: 6/18/14
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Lisa Tsakos, RHN
Lisa Tsakos, RHN, is a nationally-recognized holistic nutritionist and educator specializing in weight management and corporate nutrition programs.

She has taught nutrition at various schools and colleges and has appeared on television and radio shows across Canada and the U.S. including Wylde on Health, The Better Show (U.S.), and the Discovery Channel. She contributes to various websites, including NaturallySavvy.com and Huffington Post Canada (blog) and authored two books before co-writing Unjunk Your Junk Food: Healthy Alternatives to Conventional Snacks.
  • Book Title: Unjunk Your Junk Food: Healthy Alternatives to Conventional Snacks
Eating On the Run: Healthy Options to Prepare in Minutes
It's no secret that the lives of Americans are becoming more and more hectic.

Whether you are a busy mom heading off to your kids' activities, or a high-powered business individual in the corporate world, it may seem like you never have any time when it comes to eating right.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner may come from a fast food joint, food truck, cafeteria or vending machine.

Even if those sources may appear to have "healthy" options, many times those options are filled with sodium, sugar and artificial ingredients.

Remember, your daily limit of sodium should be under 1500 mgs a day. Many fast food meals have that much sodium in just one serving.

Fortunately, there are really simple meals and snacks you can make ahead of time and bring to work for lunch or even eat on the go in your car.

The trick is thinking ahead and having the right supplies at home. Stock up on things like quinoa, which has a whopping 22 grams of protein per cup and cooks in a mere 12 minutes.

You can add chicken, tuna or veggies and have a hearty, healthy lunch.

Hard boiled eggs are another great option for breakfast or a snack. They are filling, satisfying and provide about eight grams of protein per egg. And, they can easily be prepared ahead of time.

If you're a yogurt fan, try substituting Greek yogurt for regular yogurt. It has far more protein and tastes about the same.

You need a minimum of 20 grams of protein in the morning to prepare your body and your brain for the day.

So, now that you have some food ideas, what are some tips you can use to actually implement them into your busy day?

After all, it's all well and good if you make these meals ahead of time, but it's irrelevant if you can never remember to bring them with you when you go to work!

Post a sticky note to your steering wheel or front door so you don't forget to grab your food out of the fridge. Keep a cooler in your vehicle so you can just pop your meals into it before you head off to your destination.

Want more tips like these?

Lisa Tsakos, RHN, is a nationally-recognized holistic nutritionist and educator specializing in weight management and corporate nutrition programs. She joins Andrea and Lisa to share easy ways you can eat healthfully on the run, without a lot of angst or effort.
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