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My Top Five Healthy Meals on the Run

What to chow down on when you have to get a move on

I love to eat. No, I really love to eat.

And since I work out regularly and intensely, and because I eat pretty “clean” – meaning I practice the habits I advocate in this column of focusing on small amounts frequently consisting of nutrient-dense foods – I eat a lot.

But the dilemma I face is that I have a very irregular schedule and am often in transit or sitting at my computer with little or no time to prepare a meal or even a simple snack.

That’s how I started building the list below. Everything on the list is healthy, balanced and pretty easy to handle while driving. One exception may be the banana, which I strongly recommend you peel beforehand and break into sections you can pop into your mouth quickly and easily. And don’t forget the napkin with this one. You’re going to need it.

Here’s my list, and what I like in particular about each combo:

1. Starbucks’ Spinach Feta Wrap – This is the meal I most often recommend to clients after their  morning workouts. Why? They're low in calories, high in protein and fiber, rich in iron from the spinach, and they’re darn tasty. They’re also easy to negotiate in the car without interfering with your driving.

2. Low-fat latte, sourdough bagel and a banana – Lots of food here, so a smaller drink and half a bagel (and maybe even half a banana) may be plenty to satisfy more moderate appetites. But the combo represents a good, high-quality representation of the three critical meal components – lean protein, whole grains and produce.

3. Hard-boiled egg, a small V8 and Quaker Oatmeal Squares from a baggie – I like modular food, so this is one of my favorite options while running around or sitting at the computer. And the amount of food and calorie count is pretty moderate. Click here for info.

4. Anne’s House Soy Energy Mix, a cheese stick and an apple – These three are a little easier to work with if you’re at your desk or sitting at your kid’s soccer practice than in the car, mainly because of the soy mix. But it’s also a filling, nutrient-dense meal or snack that is healthy and convenient. Click here for info.

5. A protein bar, carrot sticks and grapes – While this group excludes grains, it might be the best light dinner substitute, provided you’ve eaten enough calories and grains earlier in the day.

Want more useful information on how to eat well and get in shape? Contact Dan at http://trivalleywellness.com/

Stephanie Harper August 03, 2011 at 05:25 PM
I love the Starbucks Spinach Feta Wrap. I would grab those after a morning run. So filling and delicious. Protein bars I find are a great snack too IF you get the right ones. Thanks for the suggestions.
Dan Taylor August 04, 2011 at 03:06 PM
I agree, Stephanie!
Dan Taylor August 04, 2011 at 03:06 PM
I agree, Stephanie!

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