All too often, heading out to an event means navigating around packaged food or calorie-dense meals that have an excessive amount of sugar and too much salt. So how can you eat healthy when you’re at an event and looking to avoid all those tempting, but unhealthy treats?
1. Seek out the veggies! - First thing’s first: fill half your plate with vegetables, whether it’s a salad, cooked vegetables or raw veggies from a platter. They’re low in calories and high in nutrients; your body will thank you!
2. Protein is key - Try to fill ¼ of your plate with a protein -- fish, eggs, lean meats and plant-based proteins can all be good choices. Make sure to steer clear of breaded items as they contain harmful trans fats; instead, opt for lean meats like chicken to reduce your saturated fat intake.
3. Got grains? - Always seek out whole grains on the serving table. This could be brown rice, quinoa, barley, Farro and whole wheat. Don’t go overboard though! Aim for ¼ of your plate to be grains/carbohydrates. If most of your meal is full of carbs, you could find yourself overeating.
4. Come prepared - Want to avoid having to hunt for health foods? There’s nothing wrong with bringing your own meal! Try using something easy like a crock pot to make a quick and healthy meal that will fill you up and prevent you from overeating foods you probably wouldn’t even have wanted if you weren’t so hungry.
5. Listen to your hunger cues - Sometimes when food is easily accessible (no matter what it is), it becomes tempting, so make sure to wait a little while before getting seconds - when your body is full, it will tell you. If you’re craving dessert, fruit is a terrific option that will give you a sweet fix and load you with nutrients unlike an empty-calorie cake.