We all have those days where we can’t (didn’t) prepare or plan our meals ahead of time. We can’t all be that juiced up orange colored trainer at the gym who carries a duffel bag full of Tupperware everywhere he goes and eats when his timer goes off regardless of how inappropriate the timing may be. I refuse to believe that’s the only path to getting the body you want.
One of the questions I get a lot is what to eat when you don’t have something already made up. I spend most of my time telling people what not to eat, so I figured I’d throw out a bone here and list a few of my top choices for food on the go.
Words can’t describe how much I love that place. Stop in at a non-peak hour and you can have a huge variety of foods in front of you in minutes all combined into an odd shaped bowl and tastes delicious. Just don’t get a full burrito, make sure it’s a bowl, the tortilla is the part to stay away from. You might as well get a cheeseburger at McDonald’s if you insist on the tortilla shell. Other than that you can load it up with whatever you want. Just stay easy on the rice, no need to go overboard there. Double the meat, have some guacamole, live a little. Just… please…. stay away from the tortilla, I can’t stress that enough.
There is nothing wrong with a little chicken from the local grocery store. I did not say chicken parts breaded in a secret blend of herbs and spices! I said a cooked rotisserie chicken that still looks like the bird itself. For about $7 you can have more chicken than any normal human should be able to consume at one sitting. I eat the whole thing, just saying, but that should be plenty for a couple meals. The only downside is you have to find some sort of vegetable separately, or (gasp), just eat the chicken… that’s it. No rolls, no chips, no pasta, no dessert. Just control yourself and enjoy eating something you didn’t have to prepare in advance.
Last Ditch Effort
I’ll admit these salads taste great and have tons of vegetables (a good thing), but they really lack protein content. It’s a sad day to pay $12 for a salad with chicken and only get about 6 tiny bites of chicken on it! We need more protein! I’m telling you it’s better than nothing, but it’s not enough to satisfy your protein requirements for the day. That’s why it comes last on my list of things to eat when there are no other options.
We have some great choices here when these inevitable situations arise where we find ourselves hungry and without food. But our goals must be met and life must go on. Approach it with that attitude and you will succeed. If you give in and fall victim to Subway’s marketing or get so stressed out about not having your Tupperware containers full of chicken and broccoli we’re not going to get where we want to go. Stay clear of the extremes and you will be fine.