Eating out with no excuses

We all have times when we are unprepared and need to find healthy food options while on the go. No matter where you at, there are always plenty of convenience stores around, such as 7-Eleven and gas stations with snack shops. So let’s look at some good options:

  1. Beef, chicken or turkey jerky is always my #1 choice. Always check the label and make sure to choose the option with the least amount of fats and additives.
  2. Most stores have some kind of fresh fruit or vegetable trays available. So this option should be no brainer. Just make sure to note the size of the fruit (guesstimate into your daily macros) and skip dressing for the veggie tray.
  3. Trial mixes, nuts, and low-fat veggie chips are another good option.
  4. A lot of stores such as 7-Eleven also sell hard boiled eggs and low-fat cheese sticks. Great option as a source of protein.
  5. As a breakfast option, you can look for a single serving oatmeal containers or cheerios cereal. When choosing hot cereal, make sure to look at the calories and carb content. A lot of them have added sugar and dried fruit, so it’s not exactly as good of an option as you would make at home.
  6. Protein/ energy bars are obviously another option. One thing to remember is when picking a protein bar try to go for the one that has at least 20g of protein per serving, or more, along with low/moderate fat content (up to 8g) and relatively high in fiber (at least 4-10g). Keep in mind that bars with sugar alcohol can cause a laxative effect, so be careful if you have a sensitive stomach 🙂

There is really no excuse to eat junk food when you on the go; even if you are unprepared. There are always plenty of healthy foods available to choose from! So stay on track and keep rocking your progress!!!

To wrap up this post, I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes. It’s a great, healthy alternative to traditional pasta. Delicious and very easy to make. Give it a try and let me know what you think 🙂

SPAGHETTI SQUASH WITH GROUND BEEF

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Have you ever tried spaghetti squash? If you haven’t you are missing out on a delicious and nutritious vegetable! I love using this squash when I crave for pasta. I know it doesn’t exactly taste the same but it hits the spot and it is extremely filling.

One of my favorite combinations is spaghetti squash with some ground beef or turkey with added avocado and marinara sauce!

So here is a quick guide on how to make it.

Pick a medium size squash, cut it in half and remove the seeds. Some people like to cook the squash whole but I find it more convenient to cut it and clean it beforehand. So you pick… I like to spray some oil and add salt, pepper, and garlic (of course you can use any spices you like). Put the halves on the baking sheet and bake for 25-30min on 350F. Turn them over and bake for another 20-30min or until the squash is soft to touch. Don’t over-bake it though, it can become mushy! When ready let it cool down and then use the fork to scoop out the “spaghetti” like inside.

Pan fry the ground meat of your choice with spices and marinara sauce (Always go for low sugar option). Then mix meat and spaghetti squash together, add some avocado and/or cheese. Now, devour this goodness! 🙂

Talk to you soon,

Gym_Kat

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