4 Healthier Grab-and-Go Lunch Ideas

Is this your lunchroom? (photo source: cohdra/morguefile)

One of the greatest challenges to eating a healthy diet is trying to find low-calorie, low-fat food on the run.  If you don’t have time to pack a healthy lunch at home, and you don’t have access to healthy cafeteria food, use these ideas to find healthier lunch options when you are on road and on the go.

  1. Grocery Store.  Your best bet is to find a full service market.  Make a healthy salad at the salad bar, order a lean meat sandwich at the deli, or grab hard-boiled eggs, sushi, or non-fat regular or Greek yogurt from the dairy section.
  2. Fast Food.  We all end up in the drive-thru lane once in a while.  Try to find a fast food restaurant that provides nutritional information on the menu board, like McDonalds. You’ll find several fast food options for under 400 calories.  Skip the French fries and soda and choose apple slices and water instead.
  3. Sandwich Shop.  Restaurants like Subway and Jimmy Johns make sandwiches to order.  To make a healthy sub, choose lean meat like turkey or chicken.  Skip the mayo and load up on veggies like green peppers, cucumber slices, tomato and even jalapeno if you like a lot of flavor.  Most sandwiches are very large, so eat half and save half for dinner.
  4. Gas/Convenience Store.  Believe it or not, you can find reasonably healthy options at the convenience mart.  Don’t go to the prepared food section, you’ll probably just find hot dogs and doughnuts.  Instead go to the refrigerator section and grab an individual serving of skim or low-fat milk and skim mozzarella string cheese.  You’ll probably also find bananas or apples near the check out area.

Remember, there are healthy food options if you’re on the run at lunchtime.  Before you give in to a burger and fries habit, take a few minutes and see if you can make one of these choices instead.

Find more eating tips, recipes and exercise advice on the  North Memorial Healthy Weight Loss website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.

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