You can carefully meal prep, stock your fridge and pantry with everything healthy and good, and conscientiously plan healthy meals at home, but stepping out of your front door is like entering the wild west of the food world, where your willpower will be challenged, and you’ll be met with temptation at every turn. At home, you can avoid calorie-dense processed foods, but eating healthy on the go can be a challenge when fast food beckons to you from every corner, and the need for convenience takes over.
Whether you’re eating out with friends and family, snacking while running carpool, or eating on the go between errands or meetings, it’s all about planning ahead and choosing the right snacks. The fact is, most of us don’t know how to eat healthy on the go. Even snacks that seem healthy can hide empty calories—ruining your best-laid plans. These six tips can help you stay on top of your goals while saving time, money, and calories on your next outing.
6 Tips For Eating Healthy On The Go
Tip #1: Travel with Snacks
If you‘re heading out on the road, or simply know you’ll be away from the house for a while, plan for it. Your guidebook is packed with plenty of great snack options that are simple to toss in your bag to bring along with you. And you should never leave without your Trimstix and a bag of Resist chews!
Some hard-boiled eggs, a Lean shake, or a snack bag full of veggies are great options if you can’t make it home in time for a snack. Cucumbers, celery, and zucchini are all on the 8-Day Jumpstart approved list. Enjoying them as a snack is a simple way to get more veggies throughout the day.
Packing food to take with you works for more than simple snacks. Going to be away from home during mealtime? Make a meal ahead of time and stick it in an easy-to-grab container to take along with you. You’ll want to think about meals that don’t need to be reheated. Lean proteins like chicken and fish are good bets, as long as they are kept cold until they are ready to eat. A simple insulated bag or cooler can be a game-changer for your busy day.
READ MORE: How to Meal Prep Efficiently
Tip #2: Plan on Being Unprepared
When busy days pop up out of nowhere, it can be difficult to prep a meal before heading out the door. Be ready for the unexpected by making a few extra servings of the healthy meals you’re already cooking throughout the week. Set them aside so you can take them with you if something comes up and you find you’re going to be away at mealtime. And if you’re worried about being bored by repeats, try combining leftovers with different side dishes, like some simple sauteed veggies or sliced avocado. This will help your taste buds from getting tired of eating the same thing two days in a row.
Tip #3: Watch out for Packaging
Even with the best-laid plans, you may end up needing to purchase food while you’re out. Watch out for vending machines and gas stations—they’re filled with weight loss saboteurs in the form of packaged, processed foods. Labels with words like, “non-GMO,” “organic,” or “natural,” might make a food appear to be good for you, but healthy-looking bars and snacks can be misleading. These types of food usually contain artificial ingredients, loads of sugar, and unnecessary calories.
Rather than reaching for these seemingly healthy choices, reach for nutrient-dense whole foods like unsalted nuts or fresh-cut veggies. Struggling to find them at your quick stop? Save yourself from hidden carbs, sugars, and calories by taking an extra ten minutes to find a nearby grocery store. Sacrificing a little time for your health will yield more plentiful healthy options.
Tip #4: Carry a Water Bottle
When you’re eating healthy on the go, you can’t forget to drink too. It can be easy to forget to drink enough water when you’re out and about. Beyond being foundational for healthy living, water helps you manage your weight loss goals as well. When you’re not well-hydrated, it’s much easier to get off track. Being thirsty can lead you to struggle with portion sizes, and worse yet, might tempt you to reach for sugar-filled juices, sodas, or coffees.
While plain old H2O should be foundational, it can sometimes feel a little boring—especially if you’re drinking as much as you should. A little flavor and variety can go a long way in helping you make healthy hydration choices. Powdered supplements like Trimstix and Spryng add low-calorie flavor and a little energy to your water routine, to help keep you sipping all day long.*
The best way to stay hydrated, however, is by keeping a refillable water bottle within arm’s reach. When you make this a habit, you’re much more likely to stay hydrated, no matter where you are.
READ MORE: 4 Tips to Stay Hydrated
Tip #5: Get Ready for Restaurants
We all love going out to eat—however, most restaurants fill their menus with huge portions, and high-fat, high-carb, high-calorie options. This makes healthy options hard to find.
The best way to prepare before dining out? Do your research. If you’re choosing the destination, look for restaurants that fit into your meal plan. Review the menus, and make your choice before you even make it through the doors. If you’re not the one choosing the restaurant, you can still make a plan by looking at the menu in advance. This can save you from making an unhealthy choice when the pressure is on and your stomach is rumbling.
When selecting a meal, look for lean proteins and lots of vegetables, rather than plates of heavy pasta or fried foods. You can even ask your server to help you make healthy choices. Simple requests like passing on the bread basket, subbing the bun on a burger for a lettuce wrap, or swapping fries for a side of veggies will rarely throw a seasoned server off their game. You can even ask if they offer healthier substitutions. Your server may steer you toward something you’ve never tried that might become a new favorite.
Tip #6: Simply Resist
For on-the-go hunger and craving control, nothing beats Resist. These individually wrapped, wild cherry-flavored chews can help you feel fuller almost instantly. Keep a few chews on hand, in your purse or pocket, and you’ll be ready wherever you are. You can take Resist whenever hunger strikes, or right before a meal. Just one chew suppresses hunger and helps you feel full. Since you can take up to four chews daily, you can take control no matter where you are.*
Learn more about how Resist outsmarts hunger in the brain, and how to order yours today!*
Bonus Tip: Practice Makes Perfect
Nothing worth doing is easy on the first go. You’re likely to make some missteps, and that’s ok. What’s important is that you keep trying. The more you practice the tips above, the easier it will be to succeed—especially when you’re on the go. Being more conscientious about the choices you make when you’re out can make a massive difference in your weight-loss journey.
High Protein Snacks You Can Eat On The Go
If you’re looking for more ways to eat healthy on the go, these are the best protein snacks. All of these portable high protein snack ideas are healthy, and easy to keep on hand to grab when you need to get out the door.
- 2% Fat Cottage Cheese: You can eat this plain, or add some of your favorite mix-ins for a sweet or savory snack.
- Hummus: Grab some snap peas, carrots, or other veggies and dip, dip away.
- Turkey Breast: Turkey is especially great when you pair it with a little cheese, lettuce, and maybe even a smidge of mustard, and make a rollup. It’s the breadless sandwich that won’t disappoint.
- Hard-Boiled Eggs: Where do you think the Easter Bunny gets all his energy? Top a hard-boiled egg with a little salt and pepper, and you’ve got a healthy snack that’s full of goodness.
- Non-Fat Greek Yogurt: Throw in some berries and a touch of sweetener for an easy parfait you can take on the go.
- Tuna: You no longer need to lug around a tuna can. Now it comes in convenient on-the-go pouches and flavors that make it one of the healthy, high protein snacks Xyngular recommends.
- Almonds: When you’re reaching for almonds, make sure they are the raw, unsalted variety
How Can Protein Help You Lose Weight?
Approved Xyngular high protein snacks are an important part of eating healthy on the go. Foods that are high in protein help you feel full faster and longer, which can reduce the number of calories you eat throughout the day. Protein also requires more energy to digest, so your body burns extra calories digesting it. Plus, it boosts metabolism and triggers the hormones in your brain that tell you you’re full. All of these are important reasons to include some extra protein in your weight-loss plan.
Xyngular’s Resist: Relief From Hunger When You Need It
When you’re making a plan for eating on the go, make sure to include Xyngular Resist. Resist is perfect for your busy schedule. Unlike other supplements that require you to take them 30-60 minutes before mealtime to be effective, Resist can be taken immediately before eating, or whenever a craving strikes. The HbG complex is what makes Resist effective as an appetite suppressant, but you’ll want to take it because it’s a soft cherry chew that tastes like an indulgence. That’s why we call it a “treat with a purpose.”*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
** Xyngular systems include a variation of the 8-Day Jumpstart. If you have additional weight to lose after your Jumpstart and select a Xyngular system to support your efforts, DO NOT complete another 8-Day Jumpstart immediately. Instead, move to the post-Jumpstart meal plan of your choice and recommended product usage included in your system.