This article appeared here for Paleo on the Go
A lot of people claim eating real food is just not convenient: too much shopping, preparing and cooking. Who’s got that kind of time?! They’re normally also the people that say eating real food is expensive. However, when you take a look at the average house hold expenses you find considerably less is spent on food than we did in the 80’s. Another interesting fact, is that even less is spent on fruit and vegetables and 3x more is being used to buy junk food. These numbers don’t include the price of eating out and money spent on alcohol. What about the time (and $) we’ve found for internet, online movies and mobile phones too. I’m not normally one to harp on this, but it’s kind of weird when people say it’s expensive; I think it’s all about priorities.
What about Food Labels?
Nutritional advice also warns about eating convenience food claiming it’s not healthy. And it’s true, for the most part; the snacks found in the checkout line that are heavily processed are not good for you. In fact, in the long run and almost instantly they cost your body more than the “high price” tag people don’t want to pay for real food. However, convenience and health shouldn’t be opposites!
What Should I Eat?
Eating real food doesn’t have to be work or cost more money. There is a way to eat real food and get more for your money: plan for leftovers, use everything you buy, eat the freshest and tastiest produce at it’s best and shop for less more often. There are loads of strategies you can employ to eat well on the run.
One more piece of advice before we look at the actual snacks you can say are convenient and healthy for people on the go: every meal needs each of the macronutrients – carbs, fats and proteins. It’s important to consume all three because each of these macronutrients plays a roll in the digestion process.
Have you noticed how snacks are often just one macronutrient: jerky (protein, coconut butter (fat), an apple (carb)? These may not be satisfying alone, or they may make you crave more or something else (which is pretty good marketing really!) The most convenient WHOLE food snacks if you’re on the go just need all three macronutrients in a proportion that works best for you. Listen to how you feel after eating and adjusting for next time. A few examples of healthy and convenient snacks for people on the go include:
“Grab and Go Paleo Snacks” from scratch:
“Quick and Easy” On the Go Treats
If you’re not in to making you’re own snacks, Paleo on the Go offers delicious snacks! The Egg muffin with Bacon is a favorite.
I don’t know about you but, when you’re healthy, it’s far more convenient than being sick anyway, don’t you think?