Eating Healthy on the Run

Need to eat on the run? This often means grabbing "junk" or fast food full of fat, salt, sugar, and cholesterol. But being in a rush doesn't mean that you can't eat healthy.

Woman eating salad
Many grocery stores stock pre-made salads for eating on the run.

Fast food made healthy

Try these ways to get good nutrition, fast.

  • Go to a grocery or convenience market instead of a fast-food restaurant. Look for choices like sandwiches, yogurt, fresh fruit, and juices.

  • Buy precut, prepackaged fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. You can use them for a snack, salad, smoothie, or stir-fry.

  • Microwave a frozen dinner that has less than 15 grams (g) of fat and less than 800 milligrams (mg) of sodium. Complete the meal with a whole-grain roll, vegetables, and fresh fruit.

  • If you must have fast food, consider your options. Go for veggie burgers, broiled and skinless chicken breast sandwiches, or dinner salads with low-fat dressing. Avoid large (super-sized) portions.

  • Blot the extra oil from food with a napkin before you eat it.

  • Instead of French fries, choose a baked potato with salsa.

Tip

Fast-food restaurants often have printed nutrition information available. Ask for this information and look up your favorite items before you order.

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