The absolute best way to keep your hunger at bay during a busy day is to plan for your meals before you leave your house in the morning. Go through your schedule and determine when you'll have time to eat, where you'll eat and then, from there, plan out what you'll eat for the day. Having plenty of water and healthy snacks available makes it easier to avoid making unhealthy meal options, so keep your car stocked. Pack fruits and veggies in a cooler and dry cereal or trail mix in the glove compartment. No matter where you go, you'll know that you are prepared for the day! Plus, when you pack your meals in the morning, your portion sizes are likely to be smaller, which will definitely keep your diet on track.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day -- especially if the day is going to be a busy one. It get's your metabolism moving and provides you with the energy you need to function at full capacity. If you don't have time to sit down and eat, then pick up a non-fat latte for a good calcium boost to go with your caffeine. Skip the muffin or pastry and opt for a piece of fruit and trail mix or half of a bagel.
The occasional fast food meal is inevitable, so when a quick meal is your only option, opt for lighter choices. Deli-style restaurants often have a variety of healthy options, and you can always pick up a whole grain bagel with non-fat cream cheese from a bakery in a pinch. When you hit the drive-through, grilled chicken entrees are usually a healthier choice. Make sure you ask them to hold the sauce and add extra pickles, tomatoes, onions and lettuce for extra flavor. Not only is this better for you, but it is much less of a mess -- an added bonus for eating on the go!
Instead of eating on the run, pick up a cool and refreshing smoothie to get you through meal or snack time. Keep it low-cal by opting for smoothies made with low-fat yogurt, fruit and non-fat milk. Avoid sugary syrups and whipped cream and add protein and vitamin boosts when they are available. Smoothies are the perfect pick-me-up on a long day and will give you the energy you need to make it to your next destination.
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