Spring has finally sprung, and with it all the outdoor activities that our families are involved in. This can often involve the need for quick meals and snacks, or eating at the activity location, itself. Don’t despair! There are plenty of quick, healthy options.
For packing a meal or snack, choose protein options that are all natural like cheese sticks or cubes, wraps, sandwiches or pita pockets filled with turkey, chicken or tuna salad along with plenty of cut up veggies, fruit and whole grain granola bars or crackers. Remember, the less processing, the better, and fruit and veggies are always better than chips or cookies. By fitting in the fruit and veggies all day long to fill our nutrition tank, a treat later is just that, a treat, which is not replacing more nutritious options at meals.
Restaurants and even fast food outlets are getting better and better at accommodating healthier options. Grilled chicken is usually off ered and side salads or fruit cups are more and more common. Main dish salads are on every fast food menu these days, just use the dressing sparingly and mix it around in the salad instead of letting your lettuce “swim.”
Another important thing to remember during outdoor activities is to stay hydrated. Caffeine is not the best option for hydration, and soda pop and sports drinks tend to have a great deal of sugar. What we really need is water.
Packing a cooler with healthy food options and water is the best way to keep our family on the right nutritional track day after day for our many activities. When we do choose to eat out as part of our week, choose the options that give the best nutritional value. Happy Spring!