Make healthy food the convenient choice
In the five minutes it takes to order fast food, you can prepare quick, low-calorie snacks or mini-meals. Here’s how:
- Store precut fruit or vegetables in individual small bags or reusable containers to grab on the go.
- Invest in an insulated lunch bag and insulated thermos to carry perishable food and drinks.
- Look for healthy food options at places you frequent. Find the closest deli with fresh fruit or a vending machine that offers yogurt or skim milk.
Simple on-the-go snack ideas
- Small apple with 1 ounce of low-fat string cheese or 1 Tbsp. of peanut butter
- Half of a whole-wheat pita pocket, half of a banana, and 1 Tbsp. of peanut butter
- Baby carrots, red pepper strips, and celery with 1/4 cup of Greek-style hummus dip
- 1 ounce of low-fat tortilla chips, 1 ounce of low-fat cheese, and 2 Tbsp. of picante salsa
- 4 ounces of low-fat fruit yogurt and 2 snack-size raisin boxes
- 1 ounce of honey-wheat pretzels and 1/2 ounce of dry-roasted peanuts
- 4 ounces of mixed fruit and 4 ounces of vanilla low-fat yogurt
- 2 graham cracker squares and 1 Tbsp. of peanut butter
- Mini oat-bran bagel, 1 Tbsp. of low-fat cream cheese, and 1/2 cup of fruit
- 1/4 cup of dried fruit, 1/2 cup of cereal squares, and 1/2 ounce of peanuts
With just a little planning, you can make healthy meals and snacks a regular part of your everyday routine, even when you’re on the go. 1Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy: The Complete Guide to Eating Before, During and After Your Pregnancy, 2e, Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D., 2002. 61-62.
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