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Nutrition In The Fast Lane
(NC) - While speeding through the demands of a busy lifestyle, healthy eating sometimes takes the back seat. Good nutrition is important everyday even when we are away from home. Eating small healthy meals or snacks more frequently throughout the day can be a good choice when you don't have the time or opportunity to prepare and eat a regular sit down meal. Long periods without meals and skipping meals can lead to impulse eating on less desirable foods.
Packing snacks will save you time and money when hunger hits away from home. Here are some nutritious, handy grab and go snack ideas to consider:
- A small bag of whole grain cereal
- Fresh fruit
- Cereal bars
- Raw vegetables
- Juice boxes
- Hard cooked eggs
- Bran muffins
- Whole wheat crackers
- Rice cakes
- Bottled water
Didn't pack any food? There are still healthier choices you can make, for example:
- Stop at a supermarket instead of a fast food restaurant. Most supermarkets have deli/salad counters where you can select vegetable and fruit salads, lean sliced meat, sandwiches and other healthy meal options. Or grab a package of baby carrots to munch on, some fresh fruit an individual bun and sliced meat for a quick meal.
- Most fast food restaurants now offer healthy menu choices like chicken salads (limit the amount of dressing you put on), chicken wraps etc. Deli-style fast food restaurants where you can get lean meat on a whole wheat bun is also a good option.
In today's hectic lifestyle, fuelling your body and mind with the right foods becomes even more important so you can function at your best.
Here is an Applesauce Muffin recipe you can prepare on a less busy weekend day and store in a tightly covered container available to grab and go when you are:
Preparation Time: 10 min - Servings: 12
- 1 cup (250 mL) applesauce
- 1/3 cup (75 mL) milk
- 3 tbsp (45 mL) vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 2 cups Cheerios cereal, finely crushed
- 1 1/4 cups (300 mL) all-purpose or whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) raisins
- 1/3 cup (75 mL) packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp (5 mL) each cinnamon and baking powder
- 3/4 tsp (3 mL) baking soda
Heat oven to 400 F (200 C). Spray bottoms of 12 regular size muffin cups with non-stick cooking spray.
Combine applesauce, milk, oil, and egg.
Stir in remaining ingredients until just moistened.
Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
Bake 15 - 18 minutes or until golden brown.
Try substituting chopped toasted pecans or walnuts for raisins.
Serving Size: Makes 12 Muffins