Soccer moms and dads out there know it is tough to be in two places at once and it is even tougher to eat healthy on the run. As part of National Nutrition Awareness Month, we want to share some tips for how to make the right choices on the go, because diet and exercise are key to healthy bones and joints.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics put together a list of 30 tips. Here are our 10 favorites:
- Pull the “pack-mule.” Make sure your purse, briefcase or backpack is always packed with snacks-on-the-go, such as: peanut butter and crackers, granola bars, a piece of fresh fruit or trail mix.
- Plan ahead and consider what options will be available. Choose carryout restaurants with variety to give yourself a better chance of picking a healthy meal.
- Practice portion control by ordering the regular or child-sized meal. The words “Biggie Size” are not your friend.
- Be picky when you order. It is okay to ask for a side salad instead of French fries or to order light mayo or sauces on the side.
- Limit alcohol consumption as it not only impairs your thinking and motor skills but also increases appetite.
- Add as many veggies as you want. Tomato, lettuce, peppers or other vegetables can add nutritional value to your sandwich.
- Share a regular order with a friend if you indulge in unhealthy food like French fries.
- Be weary of jumbo-sized breakfast foods like muffins and bagels. They can often contain more than twice the fat and calories of the regular size.
- Keep healthy lunch options in your desk, such as fruit, peanut butter, soup, or tuna.
- Plan your meals and track your food intake throughout the day. If a fast-food dinner is on the horizon, have a lighter lunch.
List courtesy of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, with help from “Finding Your Way to a Healthier You,” the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
To see the full list of 30 healthy eating on-the-run tips, and more nutritional information, please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.
Keep in mind, these tips can help you lead a healthier life, but please click on this link for a list of foods specifically designed to strengthen bones and joints.