10 Tips for Healthy Eating On-The-Go

For many years I used ‘convenience’ as an excuse to eat all of the drive-thru chicken fingers and microwave meals instead of opting for fresh, wholesome meals, and I paid for it in more ways than one.

I couldn’t figure out why I was gaining weight even though I was exercising regularly. I attributed my constant state of fatigue totally and completely to ‘first year teacher’ stress. I was irritable most of the time and felt lousy all of the time. Yet, I had convinced myself that there was no other option. I was an overwhelmed and stressed out first-year teacher who was t r y i n g to fit in a treadmill walk/run . . . there was no way I had time to meal plan, grocery shop, meal prep, blah blah blah. I was on-the-go [okay, laughing as I type this at what I considered ‘on-the-go’ to be] and I was t i r e d. Drive-thru and microwave were my only options.

Sound familiar?

It wasn’t until much further along in my wellness journey that I realized that there are in fact many other options . . . almost ALL of which are better for me than fried chicken fingers and microwave pasta. Disclaimer: Chick-Fil-A is still a frequent favorite.


I’ve put together a list of my top tips for healthy eating on-the-go, because we are all busy and it IS possible to make healthy choices that are both t a s t y & a f f o r d a b l e.


  1. A L W A Y S carry a water bottle.
  2. Pack snacks . . . trail mix, fruit, low sugar protein bar, jerky, etc. Click here for an entire post on healthy snacks!
  3. Protein smoothies are your friend! If I’m running out for an afternoon of errands, I absolutely take one of these with me. Click here for my go-to recipes.
  4. When traveling, pack a lunchbox with few staples [vegetables and hummus, string cheese, apples and peanut butter, berries] to prevent the gas station snacks bought on impulse and out of hanger.
  5. If you absolutely have to make a fast food/drive-thru stop, choose a grilled chicken sandwich without all of the condiments, a salad with a light dressing, or a wrap with a fruit cup. Do what you can to avoid the fried and/or full of sugar options.
  6. Restaurant Tip: Preview the menu online and make your selection ahead of time.
  7. Restaurant Tip #2: Make a reservation, if you can, and ask the waiter to skip the bread and butter basket.
  8. Keep a few items on hand in the freezer for dinners on days that just don’t go as planned . . . frozen vegetables, riced cauliflower, chicken breasts, lean ground turkey, etc.
  9. Once a month, make a crockpot chili/soup and freeze it for a busy evening.
  10. Look into an affordable meal prep service for work lunches. Here are a few of my favorites: Daily Harvest, Hello Fresh, Clean Eatz [limited locations], Icon Meals.

BONUS TIP: If you end up at a Mexican restaurant for Taco Tuesday and eat an entire basket of chips and all the guac, DON’T SWEAT IT. Life is meant to be e n j o y e d. Just know that tomorrow is a new day and you’ll get right back on track. After all, this is a lifestyle, and it’s what you do MOST of the time that makes the biggest difference.

Here’s to a happy and healthy almost-weekend!

xo, Kristen

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