When you’re traveling — especially in your car — it can be nearly impossible to drive past those drive-thru restaurants. I get it. They’re quick, easy and offer something for everyone. But the over-valued luxury of not getting out of your car is not worth sacrificing your long-term health and well-being. Put the brakes on our fast-food nation and let me steer you in the right direction!
The best way to go is far away from the fat traps — because that’s exactly what they are! Why set yourself up for failure when you can find healthier restaurants with nutritious meal options? Many chain food favorites are catching on to consumers’ demands and are now offering their classic dishes with a healthy twist.
So when you do pull over to dine out, look for menus featuring these key words:
- No added sodium
- Under 500 calories
- Heart healthy
To help you completely avoid the drive-thru (I know how tempting the golden arches can be!), pack your own fulfilling “fast food” meals. A classic go-to is instant oatmeal, which only requires hot water that you can get at a mini-mart or the closest cafe. For a sensible lunch or dinner, grab a ready-to-eat food bowl such as St. Dalfour Gourmet On the Go meals which are high in satiating protein and fiber without sky-high calories. Even better, these can even be enjoyed without heating. How’s that for convenience?
Jennifer Nicole Lee is an international fitness model, best-selling author and motivational speaker who has appeared on Oprah, CBS The Early Show, Inside Edition, E! Entertainment and Fox and Friends. She is the author of the The Fun Fit Foodie Cookbook and was named one of the “Three Top Females in the Fitness Industry” of 2011 by Yahoo Sports. Check out her health and fitness tip videos exclusively on the Vitacost Live Wire.