This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of SUBWAY. All opinions are my own.
A question that I receive from both CNC readers and DTFN clients is how to eat healthy on-the-go. Of course, in a perfect world, we’d all have our meals and snacks prepped and ready to go, but, hey, life happens and sometimes you’re out and about, far from your kitchen, and you’re HUNGRY. I totally get it, and I’ve been there… many times. Over the years, I’ve learned how to get creative with my food choices, so I wanted to share how I decide what to eat when I’m on-the-go.
Find what’s fresh
When I have a choice between eating establishments, I always pick the one that has the freshest ingredients, like salads, sandwiches, and wraps, with plenty of colorful and nutritious options. I’m a big fan of salad and hot bars as well as places that let you customize your meal to your preference. For instance, I like SUBWAY because it makes it easy for people to incorporate all sorts of healthy ingredients and add an extra punch of color to their meal when they’re on the go. Speaking of which…
I love when restaurants allow you to pick and choose from a variety of ingredients and toppings, especially when it comes to salads and sandwiches. Creating the perfect combination is a lot of fun, especially if it increases the nutrients in my meal and fills me up. At SUBWAY, in particular, you can choose from 10 different veggie options for your sandwich or salad– everything from cucumbers to spinach to green peppers. SUBWAY actually has millions (yes, millions!) of handcrafted sandwich combinations, which can offer up at least two extra servings of vegetables to your diet. Fun fact: This is over 40% of the American Heart Association’s daily recommendation.
In 2016, SUBWAY and the American Heart Association teamed up to launch +color, an on-going initiative to encourage Americans to add more fruits and vegetables to their diet and better understand the important health benefits that this change can mean. Just by adding an extra cup of color to your diet everyday can help improve your health!
Check out the sides
You might be surprised to hear this, but the side options at many restaurants are sometimes some of the healthiest when it comes to dining out. A lot of places offer fresh fruit, steamed and raw veggies, soup, chili, salsa, mashed potatoes, hummus, and more.
When I’m on-the-go, I’m all about finding a meal that will fill me up and keep me satisfied, which is why I always look for one with a hearty portion of protein. Some of my favorites: Salad with chicken, hard-boiled eggs, or cheese, breakfast sandwich (any time of day), burrito bowl with meat and beans, Greek yogurt with fruit, and oatmeal with a packet of nut butter (sometimes I’ll throw in some protein powder too – I usually have some in my car). At SUBWAY, you can double up on your meat portion, so, the last time I was there, I ordered the Rotisserie-Style Chicken Salad, which has 23 grams of protein in it!
Look for what else will satisfy
If I order a salad or sandwich when I’m out, I typically add some healthy fats, quality carbs, or extra condiments to make my meal more satisfying while increasing it’s overall tastiness. Some favorites: guacamole, hummus, salsa, mustard, hot sauce, pickles, jalapenos, crumbled feta, olives, and, of course, extra veggies since they’re so filling!
Pay attention to portion size
Portion size is definitely important when you’re eating out since they’re typically pretty inflated. If a portion just looks massive, I’ll share with Mal or take part of it home for later. A lot of times, I’ll incorporate restaurant leftovers into a healthy meal at home, so it doesn’t go to waste!
Question of the Day
When you’re on-the-go, how do you decide what to eat?
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