10+ Road Meals on the Menu at Every Grocery Store
By: Kristine Schoonmaker
I’m just going to put it out there that my weight has been a constant struggle for me my whole life. When I started traveling as a consultant (and even now on occasion) I had to continually fight the urge to eat whatever was the easiest and closest thing to grab. Faced with crazy busy days and late nights at the office and in the hotel, my desire to eat somewhat healthy was harder and harder to achieve.
During a stint in Ft. Lauderdale a few years back, I was working in an area of town that literally had no good restaurants and an office with no cafeteria. Fast food was virtually the only option, which, on most occasions, I cannot stand. I had to figure out a way to find some other way to keep a moderately healthy diet during the week. On a trip to buy snacks for the office one day, I started really looking at what my options were for meals in the grocery store. While some of these may not always be the absolute healthiest of options, they were a much better choice than a Big Mac!
- Instant oatmeal
- Pre-cut veggies & hummus
- Pre-made salad –you might even add steamed shrimp or chicken
- Sushi or spring rolls (depending on how reliable the store is)
- Granola & yogurt
- Fruit, cheese & peanut butter
- A deli sandwich
- Tuna, egg, or chicken salad from the deli & pre-cut celery (or a muffin from the bakery)
- Soup – from the deli or instant – just mind the sodium
- Mozzarella and tomato salad
Even now when I travel, I still consider the nearest Whole Foods, Publix or local market to be on my dining list – and nearly every place I’ve tried has the items above on the menu.
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