June is when we traditionally celebrate men’s health, but we can celebrate all year long by replacing the drive-thru blues with healthier eating habits. Whether you’re working online or on the go, these tips can put you on the path to nutrition in no time.
Keep single-serve packages of crackers, fruit, peanut butter, low-sodium soup or canned tuna at your workspace for those weekday lunches at your desk. Eating on the go? Tuck portable, nonperishable foods in a tote, briefcase or backpack for a meal on the run. Try granola bars, peanut butter and crackers, fresh fruit, trail mix or single-serve packages of whole-grain cereal or crackers.
If you cannot avoid the drive-thru altogether, take these small steps toward smarter eating:
Downsize. For fewer calories and less fat, sugar or sodium, ignore super-size portions.
Color your sandwich! Add tomato, lettuce and peppers to your sandwiches.
Mind your buns. Order sandwiches with whole-wheat bread or buns.
Trimmer trimmings. Go easy on creamy spreads like mayo, tartar sauce and special sauce. Go for ketchup, mustard or barbecue sauce.
Stay side wise. Split a small order of fries or onion rings. Order a salad or go for slaw or fruit.
Sip smart. Beverages can add about 400 calories a day to a man’s diet. Instead of soda, try milk for a calcium boost, water or fruit juice.
Look for options. Try wraps or stir-fry bowls instead.
Even taking the smallest step can help you beat the drive-thru blues and work toward a healthier you.