When you travel for work it’s often hard to keep up good eating habits. I go through phases where I prep my lunches and snacks before heading out into the big, wide world, but there are times when I don’t have enough groceries in my fridge or time to make that an ongoing thing. When I don’t have my food packed up and ready to chill with me on the drive, I go to these gems below.
Before I get into my top picks, I just want to say that it’s not that hard to be healthy. It might mean taking the bread off of a club sandwich or losing the croutons on veggie filled salad. That might make you want to hurl, but if you are really looking to change your lifestyle, you become accustomed to eating healthy foods and your body will start craving them. If you can’t find one of these spots below or something similar, modify an item from your favorite place and lose the fries! If you’re not interested, start by eating half of what you are served. I promise you, that’s enough.
1. Zoe’s kitchen – These places are popping up everywhere and I am super thankful. There are plenty of healthy options and their chicken salad is supposed to be the best, but that’s not what I opt for. They have a Mediterranean Protien Power Plate (510 calories) which is grilled chicken and caramelized onions over their famous slaw (feta, scallions, light vinaigrette – no mayo). This is my go-to when I can find one. LOVE THIS and could eat it for every meal. (I’m eating it right now actually)…
2. Zaxby’s – The zalad is where it’s at. I get the grilled house zalad and lose the bread, fried onions, and (sometimes) cheese for a healthier option.
3. Fresh Market & Whole Foods – Not every town or city has jumped on the bandwagon with these chains, but you can pop in and always find a healthy option to go. At Fresh market I usually get grilled chicken and two sides of veggies.
4. Your favorite Mexican restaurant – so I don’t know about you guys, but in the South there is a chain of Mexican restaurants that have different names, but the exact same menu (or something very similar). The salad that I always get is the San Jose Salad. It has fresh avocado, grilled chicken, onions, and tomatoes on it. I add a little bit of salsa instead of dressing and it is dynamite (as JJ would say).
5. Chipotle, Moes, Tijuana Flats – Again a salad is my go to or you can get a burrito bowl which is packed with your favorite protein as well. When I ate more legumes, I would add black beans, but now I just opt for the salad – lettuce, grilled chicken, guac, pico de gallo, salsa, and cheese.
I’m going to try dropping dairy from my diet, so will have to lose the cheese on some of the salads I eat, but that shouldn’t be a big deal. Most of my picks make you get out of your car to grab your meal, but it’s nice to get out of the car after a couple of hours to stretch your legs and much better than stopping at McDonalds for a burger and fries. Sometimes I’ll stop at Starbucks if I’m up early and need some caffeine. I’ll get a breakfast sandwich and lose the bread. For instance this morning, I ordered the sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich. I lost the bread and the cheese (because it’s melted to the bread- I think that they did that on purpose so I wouldn’t eat it) and ate the sausage and egg.
In everything you do, you make choices. Make the ones that you will benefit from. The happier we are with ourselves and the healthier we are, the happier we can make others and the easier it will be to positively impact the world. I do believe the food we eat is important. Everything starts from within. I do believe that I’ve been unhealthy for a long time and I think that has something to do with what I put in my body.
Most of my meals are at home, but if I can make subtle changes when it’s easiest to make bad choices then that’s a good start. Like most people that write blogs say…If I can do it, anyone can. Take care of yourself this week. Embrace your life and be grateful for it!