Eating Healthier On-the-Go
This article is re-posted with permission from Sunny With a Chance of Sprinkles blog.
If you’re wondering how it’s going now that I’m back to work, I think my lack of presence on my blog and social media channels should be a little indication of that! It’s been BUSY. And that’s from someone who hates when people talk about how “busy” they are all the time. I feel like I’m constantly go-go-go and when the weekend rolls around, I just want to lay around, snuggle my girls, and get our house in order again after a crazy week.
Week nights are a bit of a rush and getting out the door in the morning is a bit rushed as well. I’ve learned that if I don’t plan ahead, I leave so much more stressed in the morning and I come home scrambling trying to figure out what to make for dinner. It’s well worth the time that I take to plan snacks, meals, and lay out outfits for the girls and I for the week. Well, well worth it!
Just to add to the fun, I’ve also been trying so hard to eat healthier and more wholesome food for myself and for Mckenna since I’m breastfeeding/pumping. That means I really have to think ahead to make sure I have plenty of fruits, vegetables, and healthy items on hand to make a reasonably healthy lunch.
Here are a few of my tips to eating healthier at work and on-the-go:
1. Prepare: On the weekends, I like to divide snacks out into little snack baggies so they’re easy to just grab during the week. I do this with baby carrots, grapes, celery sticks, cashews, and sugar snap peas just to name a few. I also boil a half dozen eggs because hard boiled eggs are a great protein-rich snack that help get me through my mornings and/or afternoons at work. If I’m feeling extra ambitious, I also like to make some quinoa and chicken sausage ahead of time with some sautéed bell peppers and divide them out into containers to eat throughout the week and it’s nice to prepare a few salads ahead of time as well.
2. Organize: I like to keep the snacks/meals that need to be kept cold in one specific section of the fridge. I have snacks sorted out into plastic containers on the right side of the fridge so in the morning, I literally reach into the fridge and grab what I need and toss it into my lunch bag. As for the snacks that don’t need to be kept cold, like my Somersaults Sunflower Seed Snacks, I keep them in their own container in our pantry so they’re easy to grab, too.
3. Convenience: Sometimes it’s just nice to have a pre-packaged healthy snack on hand that you can just grab on your way out the door or keep in your work bag, diaper bag, or purse. I love Somersaults Sunflower Seed Snacks for that exact reason! I can just keep a few in my work bag and eat them one one of my pumping breaks or at my desk as a quick and healthy snack.
Somersaults Sunflower Seed Snacks are a lifesaver, guys. These snacks are prepackaged in either individual servings sizes, or they also have bigger bags to keep at your desk at work to munch on. They’re a 100% nut free snack that’s nutrient dense and full of awesome things like protein, fiber, and vitamin E. They’re 150 calories, have 5-6 grams of protein, and also have healthy fats. (Healthy fats are a must if you’re breastfeeding!)
They come in 4 flavors- dutch cocoa, cinnamon, salt & pepper, and sea salt. I honestly haven’t made up my mind which is my favorite flavor yet. They’re all so freaking good! You can find them online or in-store at select Target and Whole Foods. Be sure to check out the store locator before you head out to shop.
Don’t let this post fool you, though. I certainly don’t have it all together since going back to work full-time after having Mckenna, but I’m certainly trying my hardest. I truly find that when I plan ahead and make an honest effort, I feel so much better in every aspect of my life. Maybe it’s that Type A side of my personality, but it just feels better, you know?
What snacks do you pack in your work bag?
What are your favorite healthy snacks?