As a very busy person, and someone who travels a lot for work, I find myself often eating out and eating while on the go. Although this can be fun and adventurous sometimes it also can prove to be rather unhealthy.
I’m a foodie. I love finding new places. But when I’m short on time I gravitate towards the easy fast stuff. I find myself gravitating towards pizza, cheese steaks and of course the ever popular fast food. I know it’s okay to have these things every once in a while to meet a craving or treat yourself but as a person who spends most of my time on the road, I find myself eating these things more than I should.
So what I have come up with recently is a way to eat healthy and get the nutritious meals I need while also on the road. Three easy tips to eating healthy and nutritiously while on the road include choosing restaurants that serve locally grown foods, Always choose smart choices from the menu and pay attention to nutrition labels and calorie counts.
Choose Local Restaurants
When traveling it’s fun to try the different types of cuisines and locally sourced products that each place has to offer. When choosing a place to eat while on the road try for those restaurants that boast locally grown food.
When you eat local you are avoiding unwanted preservatives that make your food less nutritious and you are more likely to eat healthy, nutritious foods. Also when you eat locally grown food you are really allowing yourself to take in the full essence of that particular place by tasting what foods they have to offer.
Choosing Smart Options
When you eat at any restaurant, even fast food places, there is almost always at least a few healthy options. If your forced with the unhealthy option yet very convenient fast food you need to know what you can order on that menu that may be a slightly better choice and a little more nutritious than the rest of the menu.
Go towards the salads, vegetables and small plates on a menu in order to consume less calories that meal and hopefully get a more nutritious meal as well. If your at an eat in restaurant simply ask the waitress for the healthy options menu and to point out what is on the lighter side of the menu.
Always Read Labels
Part of the reason why cooking at home for yourself is sometimes a healthier option is because you know what you are putting in your food. When you eat out you don’t have the luxury of omitting high fat items and substituting healthier alternatives like you can when you cook.
To avoid consuming way more calories than you want to, always pay attention to the nutrition labels and calorie content in each menu item. If the menu does not have the nutritional information on it you can always ask the server or somebody working there to provide you with that information.
So just because you are on the road does not mean you can’t eat a healthy and nutritious meal. Follow these easy steps and advice and you will be on the road to a healthier you!