Peterson Cat - Healthy Eating on the Go
It was a pleasure being part of the Peterson Cat Learning Fair!
Lisa Miller, certified Nutrition Consultant and one of our owners, spoke to you about Healthy Eating on the Go.
Here are some additional details to support our live discussion about Healthy Eating on the Go with specific tips and suggestions for meals, snacks and hydration.
If you have additional questions regarding the talk or the information below you can reach Lisa directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Breakfast – Tips and recipe ideas
Tips for a good breakfast
Eat within 1 hour of getting up
Include protein, healthy fats and carbohydrates!
Protein is essential in the morning
To maintain optimal natural energy throughout the day
Protein will help you think and function
Protein also helps you stay full longer
Most organic animal protein will also include healthy fats
Adequate protein levels will keep you from craving that additional coffee or bagel
- Easy Breakfast Ideas
Hot Cereal: 1 cup soaked grain w/ seeds, 1 oz raisins, or ½ cup fresh seasonal fruit
Eggs: 1–2 poached eggs with cooked greens and 1/4 avocado; hard-boiled eggs are great on the run!
Yogurt: 1 cup plain yogurt, small handful of nuts or seeds, ½ cup of berries, spices or other seasoning
Smoothie: Potential ingredients: Yogurt, milk, hemp seeds (great source of protein), berries, greens, other fruit, avocado, almond butter, seasonings, coconut oil, and more
Grab and Go at the Airport: yogurt, small bag of nuts, piece of fruit, oatmeal, hard boiled egg, health bar, almond butter, protein smoothie (watch the sugars!)
Avoid simple carb items (plain bagel, pastry, orange juice, or large banana) unless paired with good proteins (ham, salmon, hummus, cheese, or eggs)
Snacks - Tips and REcipe ideas
Snacks are important for regulating blood sugar
Have a snack or a meal every 3-4 hours
Include protein, healthy fats and carbs
About half the size of a meal
What to look for:
Sugar < 7g
Ingredients you can read (real foods and not a list of chemicals)
Low glycemic (less spike to blood sugar, i.e. berries)
Organic, if possible
Unprocessed (eat things in the most natural state possible)
High fiber (we need fiber, this is often low in processed foods and juices)
Colorful – Eat all the colors! These are your immune support!
Easy snack ideas on the go
Grab & Go: Yogurt, nuts & fruit, fruit & cheese, hummus and crackers/veggie sticks or slices, hard-boiled eggs
Bring from Home: (travel well): raw nuts, Baby Bell cheese or cheese sticks, water bottle, dried fruit (not raisins), seeds (pumpkin, hemp), health bars (use the sugar and protein guidelines above)
Buy at the Airport: Yogurt, small bag of nuts, piece of fruit, oatmeal, hard-boiled egg, almond butter
Lunch and Dinner - Tips for eating out
Animal products contain fats and should be the best quality. If you are unsure if the meats are hormone free and good overall quality, go with less animal protein.
Reduce the processed carbs to one serving per meal.
Order a colorful meal
Order a salad starter. It’s OK if you don’t ‘need’ it. You need the nutrients!
85% of people are partially dehydrated
Slight dehydration can impair physical & cognitive function
Consumption tends to be more of a habit than a sign of a bodily need
Dehydration can deplete energy & immune function; increase muscle contractions, decrease blood pressure; be disguised as hunger
Recommended daily consumption - ½ cup per waking hour; double amount while flying
Watch your consumption of dehydrating liquids i.e. alcohol, juice, energy drinks & caffeinated beverages
Hydration needs differ per individual, daily actitvities, and weather