Best bets when you're on the run
- Bringing your own food and drinks with you can help maintain energy levels throughout a busy day.
- Snack-sized bags of nuts and dried fruit or individual containers of hummus or yogurt travel well.
Eating on the run is common for everyone, including moms-to-be. Rest assured that keeping a healthy diet going, while still going places, is possible with a little planning.
Creating a goody bag
Thinking ahead is the key to having handy, nutritious snacks available when you’re not at home. That way you’re not at the mercy of a vending machine or fast food drive-thru.
For the car or train
A cooler or small insulated bag with a freezer pack is the first step for safely packing your goodies. Fill it with some of these nutritious suggestions:
- Individual containers of 100% fruit juice, milk or yogurt.
- Baggie containing whole grain pretzels, unsalted nuts, dried fruits or your own trail mix using these ingredients plus unsweetened shredded coconut
- Baggie containing a peeled, sectioned orange, washed grapes or blueberries
- Homemade burritos using small tortillas filled with mashed beans, avocado and veggies, and individually wrapped in foil
- Individual containers of hummus and baked pita chips
- Individually wrapped string cheese or other cheeses
- Small container of leftover vegetables
At the airport and on the plane
Carrying extra food will come in handy when flights are delayed or you have a particularly long travel day. You won’t be able to tote beverages from home because of security, but opt for water, unsweetened iced tea and decaf coffee drinks without the added calories of flavor shots.
Airports are providing healthier food options — like freshly made salads and grilled vegetable sandwiches — to take on board.
Didn’t have time to grab something before jumping on the flight? Choose more nutritious snack options such as trail mix or hummus and pita chips.
At work and play
Whether you’re squeezing in lunch at your desk or grabbing a snack while watching your child’s soccer game, the goal is the same: make time to eat something nourishing.
Bringing leftovers from home may be the healthiest and cheapest option. If you do decide to dine out, look for healthy salads with cooked chicken, fish, or eggs for lean protein. Grilled chicken and fish sandwiches on whole-grain bread are also good choices. Skip the bundled order, which often includes chips and a soft drink. Instead, order milk and a fruit as a substitute.