As life gets busier for many of us - dashing to the airport for a business trip, dropping off our kids at their latest sports games, working longer hours with shorter lunch breaks - when do we have time to think about preparing food? And, with half our meals eaten outside of the home, how can we eat healthy while on the go?
Think “Grab and Go”
With the latest “Grab and Go” trend in the food industry (prepackaged, ready-to-eat food distinguished by fresh and healthy ingredients), we no longer have to resign ourselves to finding the nearest fast food drive-thru to quell our hunger. Today, whether you’re a meat lover or a vegan, wholesome and convenient options abound – not only at restaurants (fast food or otherwise) – but at airports and hotels as well.
Check Out Your Local Supermarket
Many retailers have a refrigerated section near the front entrance and checkout, where you can easily find healthy, individual-sized portions for appetizers, entrees, desserts and snacks - prepackaged and priced so you can be quickly on your way. If you’d rather create your own meal, visit the salad bar, deli case and dairy aisle to find inspiration. What’s fun about making your own is you can mix and match flavors and textures to meet your particular taste and dietary needs.
The “Grab and Go” trend started in response to not only our busier lifestyles, but also our adoption of healthier eating habits. Its popularity is due to many factors including convenience, portion control, fresh ingredients, and sensitivity to the handling of food allergens. In our latest Oldways Nutrition Exchange (ONE) Toolkit, we explore the many facets of this growing trend – be sure to check us out this month to learn more. If you haven’t signed up for your free ONE account that gives you access to a year’s worth of Toolkits, you can do so here.
Go, and eat well.