Plant-strong On The Go
As college students, we are almost always on the move. Some days, it seems like time just isn’t on our side. Whether we’re rushing to get to class, going to meet friends, finally finishing that English paper, or heading home for the weekend; we’re constantly doing something. Whatever the case may be, packing something to eat for the day might not be the first thing on our minds. Resist the urge to grab a “health food” bar! Even if you’re crunched for time, there are always ways to eat healthy on the go.
It’s super simple, but my first tip is to always have a piece of fruit with you. I like bananas because they don’t have to be refrigerated to taste great. Any fruit will do, try oranges, clementines, apples, etc. Just throw it in your backpack or workbag. You just never know when you’re going to need it!
You can never go wrong with a combination of crisp, bright veggies and smooth hummus.
If you’re not plant-perfect, a little bit of nut butter or a handful of some nuts are always good to have on hand.
Take Rip’s Big Bowl to go! Combine Uncle Sam cereal, shredded wheat, Ezekiel cereal, a little bit of dried fruit and/or nuts (omit the nuts if you are plant-perfect) and toss it in a plastic bag or container.
If you’re in the mood for granola, make this recipe (http://engine2diet.com/the-daily-beet/oats-make-a-powerful-breakfast/) and keep it in portioned packets in the refrigerator or freezer. This way, you’ll be able to grab one before you head out the door.
Packing a Lunch:
The biggest and most important tip is to think ahead. Plant-strong cooking is not difficult, but it is especially easy if you plan for the week. Over the weekend, or whenever you do your grocery shopping, take a little time and wash your produce for the week. This makes life so much easier when you’re able to reach in the refrigerator and have all of your salad ingredients washed. Maybe if you have extra time one day, you can pack a few days of lunches. This way, your lunches will be ready when you need one.
Thermos containers are excellent for keeping your food warm especially if you don’t have access to a microwave. Try a mixture of steamed vegetables, a whole grain, and some beans. This is very quick to throw together and tastes great!
Don’t forget about last night’s leftovers—no cooking required!
Potatoes, regular and sweet, are perfectly portable foods! Over the weekend, bake enough potatoes to last you through the week and simply store them in the refrigerator. This way, they will be ready to go when you need one.
Salads are another lunch that can be quickly thrown together. Whatever veggies, grains, beans, etc. that you have in your fridge, can be placed right on top of some leafy greens. Jazz it up with your favorite oil-free dressing or maybe a simple splash of balsamic vinegar.
Sandwiches are definitely a lunchtime standby. I’m a big fan of a tomato sandwich, especially with garden-fresh tomatoes, basil, and onion in the summer! For a meatier texture, try a portobello burger or veggie burger and don’t forget your favorite burger toppings.
There is no limit to what you can stuff in a tortilla, pita, or even a collard leaf! Just roll it up and you’re good to go!
Out and about:
When you’re at a restaurant, don’t be hesitant to ask what they can make for you. There are several options for you to order depending on the style of food offered at the restaurant. A plain baked potato, whole-wheat pasta (no oil), steamed vegetables and brown rice, or a huge salad are all great choices.
Stop by a grocery store that has a salad bar. Most health food stores will have fantastic plant-strong options. Don’t forget—almost every grocery store has cut up fruit and veggies.
Really in a hurry? Order a plain baked potato at Wendy’s!
There really are so many ways stay plant-strong while you’re on the move. Don’t worry if you don’t have the time to plan ahead, some days are just like that! Even if you just stick to the first tip and always have a piece of fruit with you, you’ll be prepared for any situation. Always remember that eating healthy is possible!