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Healthy Eating for the Hectic American
Do you find yourself pressed for time during a busy work day and forced to grab a quick, on-the-go snack? You are not alone. In fact, many Americans frequently grab take-out, eat at their desks, or even skip meals to get more work done.
With some planning, you can make healthy choices, even if you are crunched for time.
- Consider what options are near you and spend a few minutes ahead of time looking over the menu. For example, see if your favorite take-out restaurant offers a side salad in place of fries. Or if you can, request a grilled chicken entrée instead of the fried or breaded option.
- Pack portable, nonperishable foods in your purse or keep at your desk for a quick fix. Great ideas include single-serve packages of nuts, whole-grain crackers, whole-wheat cereal or fresh fruit.
- If you find yourself grabbing dinner at the supermarket, the healthiest options include: rotisserie chicken, lean roast beef or turkey, bagged salads, or fresh whole-grain bread. Frozen meals or canned soups can be healthy options, but make sure to compare the nutrition facts and choose the option with lower numbers, especially sodium.
- Sometimes a vending machine might be your only option. If possible, opt for pretzels, almonds, trail mix, animal crackers, fresh or dried fruit, fat-free or reduced-fat popcorn, or whole-grain crackers with peanut butter or cheese.
If you eat at your desk, remember to practice safe desktop dining. For additional healthy snack ideas, visit our Healthy Eating on the Run tips on our Eat Right Nutrition Tips page or consult a registered dietitian in your area.
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