Eating Healthy On The Go: Why Prepping & Packing Your Own Food Is Always The Better Option

If you want to hear about a crazy day, then let’s talk about mine yesterday.

My schedule was jam packed. I knew that I was going to be running around like a chicken with no head and that there would be little time to stop for food. So, the night before, I prepared and packed breakfast and lunch to ensure that I wouldn’t find myself trying to navigate the menus at places like Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks. Even though I know what the “healthier” options are at most fast food places, I don’t always trust myself to make them and I always feel better when I know exactly what into the food I’m eating because I made it.

For breakfast, I made a batch of overnight oats with banana and peach slices. This is an awesome option for bringing oatmeal on the go. All you have to do is mix your oats, milk (or water), and oatmeal toppings (fruit, cinnamon, nuts, etc.) in a small container (like a Tupperware). When everything is mixed together, cover it up and throw it in the fridge and by the next morning, your oatmeal is ready to go. How’s that for having breakfast ready before you even wake up? It’s almost like magic or something.

For lunch, I made a simple grilled chicken salad using chicken leftover from dinner. I threw in some mixed greens, grilled chicken chunks, chic peas, tomatoes, black olives, and goat cheese, and used Annie’s Lite Raspberry Vinaigrette as a dressing. It sounds simple, but I’m telling you right now, this was a seriously slammin’ salad.

I was also on the go for dinner, but I’ll tell you a little bit about my day, and you can find out why I actually deliberately planned not to pack a meal made by me. It’s a really good reason, trust me.

I’m still on Hamstring Hiatus, so not being able to run (sad face), I swam instead. 3,000 yards at 7:30AM. BOOYAH! Afterwards, I ate my awesome overnight oats and headed to physical therapy. (Hamstring is healing!) Then I rocked my new Sweat Pink shoe laces during a session with one of my clients. She was the one doing all of the sweating though 😛

After training, I had to quickly switch from my gym wardrobe to my “professional, real world” wardrobe so that I could run to catch a train into the city. (Wait, is the gym not the real world or something?) Luckily, I made it to the train station with some time to spare, so I got to eat my salad before boarding the train and avoided having to carry a rather large Tupperware around the New York City all day. (A thing that I was legitimately worried about having to do. Totally normal, right?)

I told you this salad was super slammin’. How good does it look? So good, right?!

I got a lot of extra exercise in walking around the city. Except, you know that crazy storm that totally drenched all of Manhattan yesterday? Yeah, I got caught in that. Without an umbrella. Fun times! But hey, the sunset afterwards gorgeous, so at least there was that.

And the reason why I did not pack a homemade meal to bring along for dinner…


Here’s some important life advice for you: NEVER do New York City without doing pizza. This is one of my top Rules of Life.

Knowing that I wanted to indulge in a slice (or two :P) of doughy, cheesy goodness for dinner is one of the reasons why I made sure to eat super clean and healthy for breakfast and lunch. See, having your cake pizza and eating it too is as easy as doing a little bit of smart thinking and preparing ahead of time!

But! And this is a huge but… Don’t always use eating healthy at the beginning of the day as an excuse to indulge later. This was a one time deal kind of thing. You know the deal, everything in moderation.

When you know you’re going to be on the go all day, what are your favorite types of foods to prepare beforehand and bring along?

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