I am a mother of two kids under the age of 4. If that isn’t enough, I will add that they are both BOYS.
Needless to say, I am ALWAYS on the go. Today alone, we visited the library, went for a run, went to the park, read stories, (ate a few meals), went to the grocery store, and cooked dinner for a sick friend.
My boys aren’t content inside. They have to move. They have to run. They have to feel the mud and dirt on their feet and let the wind peel back their hair.
So, consequently, I have to be on the go as well.
If I am not careful, this ‘on the go’ lifestyle could end in a diet disaster: if I don’t plan adequately for the day, it is very difficult to fight the urge to pull into a Wendy’s or McDonald’s when the first pangs of hunger hit.
However, I have found some ways to escape these urges, with a bit of planning, and some healthy snacks on hand.
Snack #1: Morning Juice
It seems like my whole day hinges on my morning routine. If I wake up, do my juicing, and go for a run in the morning, the rest of the day I am more inclined to stay healthy in my eating choices. I juice every kind of vegetable and fruit: I find it a fast, easy way to intake a lot of vitamins and minerals. Plus, I can toss the juice into a water bottle and take it wherever I may end up with my boys…
My favorite juice recipe uses a whole, ripe peach, a bunch of spinach, a carrot, and some mint. All topped off with ice and a ¼ cup of coconut water makes a delicious, nutritious breakfast on the go.
Snack #2: Hummus To GO
Hummus is SO easy to make at home. I make a full blender of it every other week, then carry it in little Tupperware in my purse (ok…diaper bag!), along with some vegetables (grape tomatoes, baby carrots, and celery) in baggies.
Here’s my favorite recipe for hummus:
2 cans chickpeas
1 TBSP olive oil
2 sprigs fresh basil
3 sprigs fresh parsley
2 cloves fresh garlic
1 tsp salt (or more)
1 tsp pepper
Snack #3: Fruit and Veggie Crackers
Juicing is fun and easy, but it eliminates all of the fiber from fruits and vegetables. To avoid missing out on this essential aspect of food in your diet, use the leftover pulp from your breakfast juice in a cracker that can be eaten all day long.
My favorite recipe involves 2 cups of apple-spinach juice pulp, ½ cup milled flaxseed, 1 TBSP cinnamon, and 2 TBSP brown sugar (or honey). I dehydrate it for about 4-5 hours, but you can cook it at 200 degrees for 30 minutes.
Other things I throw in my bag for quick, on-the-go eating are nuts, fruit, dehydrated fruit and veggies, homemade granola bars, and, of course, WATER.
Enjoy eating healthy, even when you are on-the-go!