Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been travelling up and down the country and working some fairly long hours. If I’d planned a bit better I might have still had time for my usual online shop and meal planning but work and stress took over and I resorted to buying meals as I went along from whatever shops that were close by. That’s been the corner shop, convenience stores, shops at the station and motorway service stations. The choice has been pretty limited but I’ve still managed to scrape together some healthy meals to try to avoid the takeaways and high cal convenience food.
If there’s a mini supermarket close by I grab some Greek yoghurt, nuts and grapes.
I definitely need a coffee in the morning (especially when I’m up early travelling) but I’ve started swapping my latte for an Americano with skimmed milk (hot or iced).
If I’m craving carbs I quickly run past the pastries and bagels and opt for some porridge to go – I love the ones from Pret which are all under 300 calories (and they also do a tasty dairy free version with 5 grains).
Pre-packed sushi is getting much better – so I usually opt for sashimi (sliced fish without the rice) and some edamame beans (which are both high in protein and low in fat). Miso soup is also great if you’re still hungry. If sushi isn’t your thing grab a large salad pot or some soup to go. Boots and Pret are usually pretty good for a healthy lunch.
After a long day travelling I always used to grab a Burger King or KFC at a service station but I actually got a bit bored of them. Although there aren’t many healthy options on offer at service stations there are some alternatives if you hunt them down.
If there’s an M&S or Waitrose you can make your own picnic feast out of ready made salad pots, cherry tomatoes, pre-packed roast chicken or cooked fish and hummus. One of my favourites is a bulgar wheat, feta and pomegranate salad with a pack of ready cooked chicken. If I have a sweet craving I have a few pieces of dark Green & Blacks chocolate and it still comes in at around half the calories of most of the fast food meal deals.
Shops are getting better at stocking healthier snacks – some of my faves are Nakd bars, beef jerky, nuts, bags of chopped apple, spinach and egg pots and low fat hummus and carrot sticks which all stop me grabbing crisps and chocolate if it’s been a long day.
Lots of water, Americanos with skimmed milk before lunch time and tea in the afternoon.
I found this awesome little stall called Filmore & Union at York train station that specialises in clean healthy food. I grabbed a fruit infusion with hot water, lemon, ginger, mint and agave syrup which was a great pick me up. If only they had these at other stations! Also POD in London around the corner from Moorgate is great for healthy choices like high protein salads.
What do you normally grab when you’re eating on the run?