5 Tips for Eating Grain-Free on the Go
Learn how to keep up with your Grain-Free lifestyle and your busy life all at once.
If you’re like the majority of moms, you’re always out and about running errands, taking the kids to practice, getting groceries, etc. Such a hectic schedule lends itself to crappy eating, and crappy eating lends itself to sabotaging your new lifestyle completely.
I don’t want this to happen to you.
It’s happened to me before, and it took me a few days to get back on track. Some people never get back on track. Therefore, I want to provide you with the tips and tricks I learned for keeping up with a Grain-Free lifestyle in the midst of a busy life.
- Always, always, always keep Grain-Free friendly snacks in the car or in your purse (you may need a cooler). I recommend things like a bag of nuts or a bag of seeds, granola bars (Grain-Free-approved, not the sweet, half-chocolate kind), a bag of vegetables or a bag of fruit. You can take fresh fruit or even dried fruit.
2. If you don’t have anything on you at the time the hunger hits, you can visit a grocery store with a fresh foods section (Hello, Whole Foods), and grab a healthy salad, a cup of fruit, a bag of trail mix, etc.
3. If you failed to bring any snacks with you and you cannot make it to a grocery store, you can visit a fast-food restaurant if you need to. If you must do this, order a salad with just veggies, protein and a healthy fat (if they have it). For example, you could order a side salad and a grilled chicken sandwich without the bun or sauce. Or, you can order a salad with protein and a side of avocado (when it’s in season). You should also probably skip the dressing at fast-food restaurants unless you can get just fresh olive oil and vinegar or lemon juice.
4. For sit-down restaurants, what you order will depend on what type of restaurant you’re visiting. Here are some examples of meals:
- Bar & Grille: a turkey burger without the bun or sauce and a side salad with boiled eggs and no premade dressing; a chicken sandwich without the bun or sauce with a baked sweet potato on the side (I find coconut oil is a great sub for butter on the potato); or, just a healthy salad loaded with veggies is great too (if they have avocado, that would be even better to add to your salad)
- Breakfast joints: Eggs, eggs and more eggs with some veggies and avocado would be a great option; a large fruit cup would be a nice snack
- Chinese: Grilled veggies and seafood/veggie combos; sushi (if you don’t go crazy on the rice)
- Mexican: Beef or chicken fajitas sans the fajita and loaded with veggies and a side of guacamole
- Italian: Stick with a bare salad with a protein on top
- Steakhouses: Fill up on the steak and veggies and a sweet potato; if you’re feeling dessert, opt for a fruit cup
- Deli: Any type of salad with protein; a protein-filled lettuce wrap; other wraps not made of grains (spinach or tomato, for example)
5. If you’re searching for snacks for your busy life, here are some of my favorites (some will require a cooler):
- Beef jerkey or an Epic bar or Tanka bar
- Apple with almonds or almond butter
- Homemade trail mix with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, cacao nibs, shredded coconut, dried cranberries – there are so many possibilities
- RX Bar or Primal Kitchen bar or Bulletproof bars or if you don’t have a lot of choices Lara or Kind bars
- Hummus with carrots and celery sticks or even cucumber slices
- Avocado with turkey slices
- Homemade Sweet & Salty Coconut Chips or Dang Coconut Chips
- Homemade Chia pudding or Chia Pod from store.
- Kale Chips
- Chocolate Mint Protein Balls (recipe below)
You can make a batch of these ahead of time. Pack as a snack while on the go or have on hand just for those times you are craving something sweet.
- 1 cup nut flour (almond, walnut or a mixture)
- 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter (unsweetened)
- 1/2 cup flax seeds ground
- 1/2 cup cacao nibs
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 tsp mint extract
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Stir until well incorporated.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes if the dough is not solid enough to form.
Remove from refrigerator and spoon into balls.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Finally, I just want to mention – it’s so important not to over-complicate this lifestyle. If you do this, you will stress yourself out and not enjoy the process of becoming healthier. Sometimes, it just isn’t possible to eat Grain-Free-approved, so do your best with it and remember – every little step in the right direction, no matter how small, is still a step towards optimal health and your best self.
If you would like additional help, please check out my programs: Restored Moms Programs. If you are just looking for a jumpstart, there are programs you can do on your own. If you are really struggling and feel you need a more detailed program, I offer one-on-one coaching.
I suffered for years from fatigue, anxiety, depression, hormone issues, digestive issues and just overall not feeling like I felt I should. I thought maybe it was just because I was a mom and my kids had sucked the life out of me. My doctor told me I was just getting older.
I couldn’t accept that this was how I would feel everyday, I wanted to enjoy time with my kids, not dread them asking me to play with them.
Fast forward through many health struggles and now I finally feel like I am in control of my health.
It has been a long journey to get to where I am now but what I have learned is that the basic principles of health, are some of the most important pieces of where I am today. Understanding what your body needs to function at it’s best is one of the most powerful tools, it’s not some fancy, expensive gadget or supplement. It’s the basics that are important! Diet and Lifestyle can make a huge impact on your health and well being.
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