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Healthy Foods on the Go

Healthy Foods on the Go


Whether you’ve got a busy day, a busy week, or simply a busy life, you know that trying to eat healthy on the go can be a challenge! Rather than relying on fast food and high calorie restaurants when you are out and about, your best bet for nutritious food is to bring your own. Be prepared for any unexpected kink in your schedule by following this strategy for healthy eating: PLAN, STOCK & PACK.

Plan & Stock

Take 5-10 minutes to look at your schedule for the next week. Do you have anything out of the ordinary going on? Do you know what meals you want to make for the family this week? Do you know what you usually spend on eating out at restaurants for work lunches or dinners? Analyze what you have going on, and you might realize that you have several opportunities to eat healthier, plan more effectively and save some serious money! Then make your list of what you want to do, what dinners you want to serve, what meals and snacks you want to pack for school or lunch, and what groceries you need to buy to make it all happen. Just remember – if you don’t have what you need on hand, you’re going to be tempted to ditch your plans altogether. Stay on plan by staying stocked with better-for-you foods!

Pack

Don’t restrict yourself to a paper brown bag for your lunches. There is nothing wrong with carrying a mid-sized insulated tote or cooler to keep all of your meals, snacks and drinks for the day. Make it large if you need to! By keeping this with you throughout the day, you will be less tempted to spend extra money on junk food from vending machines and restaurants. There are so many options available for totes, coolers, and other lunch boxes that will keep your foods within safe food temperatures at BI-LO. Make sure you’ve got all of the baggies, plastic wrap, reusable or disposable utensils, and other gear that you need for eating when you are out and about too.  


FOODS TO CHOOSE ON THE GO
 
Instead Of:  Try This:
Fast Food Breakfasts 
  • Bring your cereal with you! Keep milk chilled in an insulated container and add dry cereal when you are ready. Cereals like Special K®, Kellogg’s Raisin Bran® and Mini Wheats® are great heart healthy choices.
  • Make your own breakfast sandwich and bring it with you. Toast a whole grain English muffin, and top with 1 scrambled egg and a slice of cheddar cheese. Wrap in wax paper, and take it with you.
  • Smoothies are the ultimate on-the-go breakfast. Throw frozen fruit, Greek yogurt, Full Circle™ skim milk and some ice in a blender. Pour in an insulated cup and go.
Chips and Fried Snack Foods
  • Goldfish® crackers made with whole grains
  • Baked chips & tortilla chips
  • Air-popped popcorn
  • Whole grain pretzels
  • Sliced veggie sticks with dip
  • Nuts like almonds and walnuts
Candy
  • Easy-to-take fruits like apples, bananas and oranges.
  • Fruit cups packed in 100% juice such as Dole® fruit packs  
Cookies & Cakes
  • Special K® Fruit Crisps
  • 100 Calorie Right Bites
Sodas & Sweet Tea
  • Fruitables 100% fruit and vegetable juice
  • bottled water
  • water flavored with lemon or lime slices
  • unsweetened iced tea
  • diet soda 
Fast Food (hot dogs, hamburgers, barbeque pork sandwiches)
  • Peanut butter and 100% fruit preserves on whole grain bread
  • Homemade veggie burrito (whole grain tortilla, refried beans, veggies and reduced fat cheese)
  • Chicken salad wrap made with reduced fat mayo and whole wheat wrap 

 

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Printed on August 22, 2014 at 11:42 am