If you’re like me, you probably feel like you’re always busy, constantly moving from one meeting or activity to the next. With such a busy schedule, it can be hard to eat balanced meals and snacks at regularly-scheduled intervals. While it would be nice to be able to sit down to a healthy, fresh, hot meal three times a day, we all know this isn’t always possible. Sometimes we have to eat in our cars, at our desks, or even while walking to and from meetings. The good news is that it’s still possible to eat healthy in these less-than-ideal scenarios. The key is to be prepared and make sure you always have healthy, portable snacks and small meals on hand for those days when you’re pressed for time and have to eat on-the-go.
It’s best to stock your desk, car, and purse or backpack with at least one healthy option you can turn to when hunger strikes. Ideal snacks contain fiber and protein, both of which do a great job of keeping hunger at bay. While the suggestions below fall more in the category of snacks than meals, combining two or more of them can easily substitute for the occasional meal when you are really short on time.
Snacks for your desk, car, purse, or backpack:
- High-fiber granola bars
- Whole wheat crackers
- Nuts (almonds, walnuts, peanuts)
- Whole grain baked tortilla chips
- Portable fruits (bananas, apples, grapes, orange slices)
- Baby carrots
- High-fiber cereal (shredded wheat, oatmeal squares)
- Trail mix
- Bottles of water
Snacks for your office fridge:
- Greek yogurt
- String cheese
- Veggies and hummus
- Single-serve bottles of low-fat milk
- PB&J sandwiches on whole grain bread
If you keep a supply of these snacks on hand, you can ensure that, while your workday meals may not be ideal, at least they will be healthy and filling.