Need some ideas for healthy eats on the go? Whether your eating out, traveling, working, or playing chauffeur this master healthy eats list is for you.
If you ask anyone, they’ll tell you how insanely busy they are. We live in a non-stop world of go, go, go.
Grabbing food because it’s convenient and not because it is healthy is an easy slip up we all fall prey to.
It’s so much easier to grab a bag of this or go through the drive-thru then it is to take the time to make ourselves a real meal or snack.
But I am here to question this whole line of thought.
We ARE inherently lazy people. Our brains are just wired to work that way. We are wired to find the easiest least resistant path and head that direction.
So why not use our brain’s superpower of being lazy to our advantage.
If WE know, we are lazy and totally embrace this fact and own it completely. This we can work with.
If our default is grabbing something easy, why not stock your fridge and pantry with easy healthy grabs. I know this may seem like common sense and a big, duh… but ask yourself this question, am I really doing just that?
I know I fall short.
Often because I lack ideas, and find myself bored eating the same things.
So this post is meant to shake things up and give you loads of new ideas for healthy eats on the go.
Healthy Eats On The Go -Protein Bars
Protein bars by nature are the perfect grab and go snack for all busy peeps. They combine our love of a “candy bar” with easy on the go nutrition. But let’s be honest; not all bars are created equal some are downright NASTY. And others well let’s just say you’d be better off grabbing a snickers bar because of all the added sugars and fats.
I consider myself somewhat of a connoisseur when it comes to protein bars, and here are my TOP 5 that you’ll need to snag!
1.Built Bars – The macros are fantastic on these. Low calories, typically around 110 calories per bar, 15 G protein, and 2-3G sugar, which is pretty spectacular. And they taste great, no weird aftertastes or weird chalky textures. I have talked to some readers, and the texture wasn’t their favorite; it is unique. Think ooey-gooey cremes from a mixed chocolate box. If you like those, you’ll love built bars! USE Code ANDIE for 10% off your first box. I recommend getting the mixed one to see which flavors you’ll like the most before committing to a full box of one flavor.
2. ZONE Perfect Macro Bars – Again, great macros on these. I love these for before or after a workout. Great taste, no weird after tastes. My personal favorite flavor is the “fruity cereal bar.” Think cereal bar for a texture. So really crispy!
3. Quest Bars- Have the most protein per bar (20-21G usually) but also have a bit of texture, and very signature aftertaste. I’m a fan, but of very selective flavors. I prefer the cookies and creme and the cookie dough. I actually think they taste best when you microwave them for 10-15 seconds at power 70%. You also can’t beat the fiber a whopping 14-15G PER bar!
4. Fit Crunch Bars: These are the brainchild of celebrity chef Robert Irvine you know the muscle-bound one that reviews restaurants and helps them get back to being in the black. They taste great more like a candy bar in texture, there is a bit of an aftertaste and bit of a “chalk” to them but overall a great tasting bar.
5. Good 2 Go Bars: I would consider these more of a nutrition bar or meal replacement since they are a bit spendier on the caloric intake. But they are SOOO good! They were my favorite go-to when I was training for my marathon last year. These are great for hiking or having a nutrient-dense treat when you are on the go.
My Favorite Grocery Store Finds
I love it when I can find a super simple grab and go snacks at my local grocery store, making my life even easier. These are just a few ideas I rounded up at my local store.
- Veggie Packs – more and more grocery stores have convenience packs of veggies and dip all portioned out and cute for you.
- Portioned Out Greek Yogurts – so many delicious and fun options
- P3 – These little Snack Packs from Oscar Meyer are a fan favorite at our house.
- Cheese Sticks – An oldie but a goodie
- Beef Jerky – Great low carb high protein snack, very portable
- Nuts – Most stores sell portion-controlled snack bags. Which is super needed since nuts are any easy thing to overeat.
- Premade protein shakes: Premier Protein has some great flavors, and Light Muscle Milk is delish!
- Fruit – This one may seem obvious, but it’s just as easy to grab an apple or a banana as it is anything else.
- Lunch Meat – Choose one that is less processed. I like turkey slices “as is,” but adding a little reduced-fat chive cream cheese to a slice of turkey and rolling it up is life-changing.
- Skinny Pop – Popcorn is super filling and tastes like you are cheating!
Healthy Eats On The Go – Via the Drive-Thru
We’ve all been there when we are out and about, and we did not plan ahead, and we’re starving. You can still keep things on track by opting for one of these options!
- Starbucks Spinach and feta breakfast wrap at only 290 calories. It’s an excellent find.
- Panera Bread’s Avocado Egg White + Spinach Power Sandwich -you had me at avocado.
- Macdonald’s Fruit N’ Yogurt Parfait – Even the Golden Arches have a decent option
- Taco Bell’s Mini Skillet Bowl – Oh how I love my Taco Bell
- Panera Bread’s Power Chicken Hummus Bowl – This sounds delightful!
- Subway 6″ Oven Roasted Chicken Sub – get it light on the sauces and order the 9-grain bread
- Chipolte Steak Burrito Bowl – To keep it at just 310 calories order with romaine, fajita vegetables, black beans, and green tomatillo salsa
- McDonald’s Artisan Chicken Sandwich – Order open-faced and save yourself 100 calories
- Quiznos 4″ Tuna Sub with Cheese – Save major calories by holding the dressing.
- Wendy’s Asian Cashew Chicken Salad – Use only 1 pouch of dressing, and you’ll keep it at 380 calories!
For more detailed info: see source: 10 healthier drive-thru meals
This really is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to healthy eating on the go options.
My biggest tip is to always have your favorite veggies on hand in the fridge all cut up and ready to go.
I will eat them if they are cut up, but heaven forbid at the moment when I am ready for a snack that I take the time to cut them then.
So usually on the weekends when my time is a bit more fluid I meal prep. Kelly will throw some chicken on the grill, I’ll cut up veggies and boil some eggs. When we take the time to do this while we are getting caught up on favorite shows – our week and our levels of discipline skyrocket.
What are your favorite snacks to have on hand?
For more healthy noshing options, make sure and grab my Ultimate Guide To Protein!