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Eating Healthy on the Run

Eating Healthy on the Run

Need to eat on the run? This often means grabbing “junk” or fast food full of fat, salt, sugar, and cholesterol. But being in a rush doesn’t mean that you can’t eat healthy.

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“Fast” Food Made Healthy

Try these ways to get good nutrition, fast.

  • Go to a grocery or convenience market instead of a fast-food restaurant. Look for choices like sandwiches, yogurt, fresh fruit, and juices.

  • Buy precut, prepackaged fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. You can open the package for a snack, salad, smoothie, or stir-fry.

  • Microwave a frozen dinner that has less than 15 grams (g) of fat and less than 800 mg of sodium. Complete the meal with a wholegrain roll, vegetables, and fresh fruit.

  • If you must have fast food, consider your options. Go for veggie burgers, broiled and skinless chicken breast sandwiches, or dinner salads with low-fat dressing.

  • Blot the extra oil from food with a napkin before you eat it.

  • Instead of french fries, choose a baked potato with salsa.

TIP

Fast-food restaurants often have printed nutrition information available. Ask for this information and look up your favorite items before you order.


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