Working in the Fitness field, I am always bombarded with constant complaints about how hard it is to eat healthy on the go.
While I understand that it takes time to make a bunch of chicken breasts, cook up some Quinoa, roast sweet potatoes and chop veggies for the week, some things are just worth taking the time to do. And if you truly want to see results, this is one of those tasks that you must be willing to take on for the sake of your health, and all of your hard work in the gym.
However, for clients of mine who just can’t seem to find the motivation to do this (shame on you) I offer some helpful alternatives that make eating healthy seem a bit easier.
Wherever your day may lead, these are all great choices to take on the go. So grab a lunch box, shopping bag or purse, and pack it with these nutritious and filling foods that will keep your diet clean, lean, and on the right track.
Fruit: Bananas, Apples, Kiwi, and Citrus fruits..anything with Skin. You can also pack a small Tupperware container with Berries, Pineapple, Watermelon, etc.
Veggies: Celery sticks, Carrot Sticks, Sliced Bell Peppers, Grape Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Snap Peas, Asparagus Spears, Ziploc bags of Baby Spinach as a base for a salad, or Collard Greens used as a wrap.
Complex Carbs: Individual cups of Brown Rice. Rolled Oats. Whole Grain Wraps for a sandwich, Brown Rice Cakes, Microwave ready Sweet Potatoes
Protein: Can or Packet of Tuna/Salmon. Low Sodium Sliced Turkey Breast, Beans, Greek Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, Hard boiled eggs, Whey/Brown Rice Protein Powder.
Healthy Fats and Energy Boosting Snacks: Natural Almonds, Walnuts, Pistachios, Hemp/Flax/Chia/Sunflower seeds, Nut Butters, Hummus, Avocado, Coconut Oil/Flakes.
Combine a few to make a delicious Trail Mix that wards off afternoon hunger!
Bars: Lara Bar, Kind Bar, Think Thin Bar, Luna Bar
Hydration: Water, Green Tea, Seltzer Water.
Add Lemon, Lime, Mint, Cucumber, or frozen fruit for a natural sweetener throughout the day.
Instead of filling your fridge, pantry, and body with empty calories, choose nutrient packed foods that will keep you feeling fuller, longer!
“Grab and Go” does not have to mean fast food. It can mean healthy food…fast!
What is Tabata Trek you ask?
It is an intense, total body workout, that involves a spin bike, a set of weights, and a “ready to work” mind set.
As a Mad Dogg certified Spinning Instructor, I have been taught to never perform any type of activity on a spin bike that you wouldn’t do on a regular outdoor cycle. This includes the use of weights.
A Tabata Trek class involves the following:
- Warm up
- HIIT on the Bike
- Strength training off of the bike.
- Cool Down and stretch
Here is an example of how I run my class
Make sure to re-hydrate with at least 40 ounces of water post workout, and refuel those muscles with a combination of Complex Carbs and Protein.
Some of my favorites include:
Oats with cinnamon, spinach and egg whites
oats with blueberries , cinnamon and Greek yogurt
Collard Green Wraps with Chicken, brown rice, peppers and onions.
water with mint and fresh lime
cranberry lime seltzer with frozen berries
What new workouts have you done lately?
Woo! That was a tough one.
Make sure to stretch, hydrate, and refuel your body after each workout.
Now lets eat.
- Oats, spinach and blueberries, with a side of Greek yogurt.
- Iced Green tea with Stevia in the Raw and frozen strawberries
Salad with Kale, raw veggies, chopped almonds, and baked rosemary chicken
Green smoothies with coconut oil and blueberry Protein pancakes
Lemon water and Dark chocolate Coconut Water (my current fave)
And colorful workout attire to add some brightness to my day.