As a busy parent, spouse and full time working adult I am always on the go. I can’t tell you how many days a week I eat out while trying to manage my very busy schedule. I love to enjoy all of the great food that each and every location I visit has to offer but sometimes worry about the nutrition I am getting from this unhealthy habit.
Trying to manage what I eat while on the go that also gives me the good nutrition that I need has been a challenge but I finally think I have found some tips and tricks to achieve this challenge. Some tips I would recommend for anyone trying to eat healthy while on the road includes trying new things, eat at locally sourced restaurants and always pay attention to labels and try to stay away from the fried food and greasy items on the menu.
Try New Things
The first thing you will want to do when trying to eat healthy while on the road is to try new things. I know you already have your favorite food preferences but foods like pizza, sandwiches and other novelties may be alright when you make them at home but when you eat out those types of menu items will come with a very high calorie and fat content. So try something new that you might not usually eat at home, preferably on the lighter side that may become a new favorite.
Secondly, if your trying to eat healthy while on the road, I would suggest that you try to eat at local places. Mom and pop shops that boast to using all locally grown products is the way to go when visiting another area. You can easily find these places using google and searching on yelp restaurants that offer locally grown food.
Pay Close Attention
Another great way to ensure you are eating a nutritious meal while on the road is to always pay attention to labels. Whether your picking something up from a gas station or sitting down to eat at a restaurant, check the ingredients and nutrition labels if you can to know what your really eating. Sometimes you may think your eating healthy but if you look at the label your surprised by how many calories or how much fat is actually hidden inside.
Choose Healthy Options
Finally, as a health conscious traveler some advice I would have for you is to of course stay away from the tantalizing unhealthy menu items and look for something a little more nutritious on the menu. There is always something for everyone on a decent menu, so skip the fried food and hearty appetizer section and head straight for the salads, fruits and other light fare.
So, just because your busy and traveling often does not mean you have to practice unhealthy eating patterns and habits. Try your best to take these few tips about eating healthy when eating out and you will not have to sacrifice your health for a busy daily schedule.