As warmer weather approaches, so do busier schedules. Unfortunately, time that may have previously been dedicated to meal planning and preparation may now be spent mowing the lawn, watching a ball game or driving kids to and from activities.
It can be a challenge to maintain healthy eating habits when you’re on the go. Fruits and vegetables remain a popular choice for healthy snacks, but what about the times that you’re out and about and just need a quick fix? Whether faced with a vending machine or a convenience store, these are some of the best options:
• Unsalted nuts
• Dried fruit
• Fresh fruit
• Whole grain crackers (add peanut butter or cheese slice for protein)
• Plain popcorn
• Low fat or fat-free yogurt
• String cheese
• Whole grain granola/cereal bars
• Whole grain cereal cups
• Trail mix
• Hard-boiled egg
As consumer demand for healthy options continues to grow, many convenience stores are capitalizing on the market and offering a wider variety of healthy options. You might be surprised to find that many now offer fresh fruit or vegetable cups, hummus, yogurt parfaits, wraps, salads and other nutritious items. Next time you find yourself rushing to fuel up your car, remember that you can also find a healthy snack to fuel your body.