Sunday, September 4, 2011

Eating well while crazy-busy: an iphone picture story

A lot of people are very busy.  Too busy, they say, to eat healthy.  What they mean is that they're often on the go and may not have consistent access to a kitchen or even a fridge.  From August 30 to September 1, I fit these criteria.  I slept on friends' couches and ate grab-'n-go meals for 2 days straight while packing and moving.  Throughout it all, I took pictures of everything I ate to show you that it is possible to make healthy choices when you have no time or means to cook!  So without further ado, here is everything I ate:

Breakfast: plain lowfat yogurt with granola, fruit and coffee -- Crema Cafe in Harvard Square

Lunch/snacks: I picked up these items at a Russian market to have on hand while packing.  I didn't really know what the pastry would turn out to be...

It was a sour cherry danish - delish, but definitely a splurge!  I rounded it out with an apple, some almonds, and plenty of water.

I crashed at Jeanine's that night.  Before we went out to dinner, I snacked on some black grapes she had set out.  I was famished!
Dinner was shabu-shabu, or Asian hot pot.  It's kind of like fondue!  I ordered beef, veggies, and vermicelli rice noodles.  I ate half of the beef but everything else.
I also required a beer.  Packing is hard work!
Later on I had to go back to my previous night's residence to pick up some odds and ends.  I couldn't resist cuddling with Rebecca and Alex's dog!
Moving day!  Breakfast was a yogurt parfait with granola and coffee at Blue State Coffee.  The yogurt was not reduced fat, but it sure was good!  Plus, I knew the higher fat content would keep me full for a while.  I ate about 3/4 of it.
Snack: my other apple and a handful of almonds.
Lunch, finally!  I knew I needed some good fuel for moving later on, so I got a chicken burrito with cheese, salsa, rice, black beans, and guacamole, all in a whole wheat flour tortilla -- at Anna's Taqueria.  It was so big I could only eat about 2/3 of it.
Victory dinner!  After the move, I took my hungry movers out to Sunset Grill and Tap in Brighton, where I ordered some nachos for us to split as an appetizer.  Even though it was only a half portion, it was so huge that we only put away about 1/3 of it -- come on, guys!
My portion of nachos (multiply it by 2), and a Sierra Nevada
Kyle and Willy thought it was hilarious that I, an [almost!] nutrition expert, was chowing down on a burger the size of my head.  I ate about half, plus a few chips, before throwing in the towel.
Thanks, guys!
So there you have it!  While this is not how I would like to eat all of the time, I managed to keep my energy levels high by snacking wisely, making reasonable menu choices, and stopping when full.

Want to health-ify your crazy-busy days?  Be sure to stock up on healthy snacks to have on hand (like fruit and nuts), replace sugary drinks with water, and choose lean meats, low-fat dairy, and whole grains whenever possible.

What are your secrets for eating healthy on the go?


  1. These are great tips, Becca. Eating on the go is always so difficult! Congrats on the move!