Facing the weekday frenzy and looking ahead to another week filled with dance, gymnastics, hockey, swimming lessons, music, skating and no time for healthy meals? Tempted to hit the drive thru and tell yourself next week you will be on top of dinner or this weekend you’ll fill every meal with vegetables to balance it out? It is not easy to get a healthy hot meal to the table, never mind the back seat of the car, when you are literally eating on the run!
Throughout the course of the day it is important to get something from all the food groups that include fruit, vegetables, grains, dairy and meat and alternatives. If it’s a day that is booked with after school activities, try to add extra fruits for breakfast and nutrients at lunch to take the pressure off during the dinner rush. Have a stash of pre washed and cut up peppers, celery, carrots, green beans and even corn to add to any on the run meal. Then try some of these quick dinner options that include protein, dairy and vegetables that are quick to prepare and easy to eat on the go.
Healthy Fast Foods
Scrambled Egg Roll Ups
Scramble eggs with added egg whites or cottage cheese for extra protein, then add in finely chopped cauliflower. They will never even notice! Scoop into a whole wheat wrap, add salsa or ketchup and roll it up. Toss in a container and hand out on the go.
Use whole wheat English muffins and top with tuna and a little melted cheddar. Broil until heated and cheese is melted, then toss in a container for a hearty car snack.
Gourmet Grilled Cheese
Invest in a Panini press for the healthiest version of grilled cheese that grills perfectly without any butter. Inside two pieces of 100% whole wheat bread add a slice of tomato, lean meat, real cheddar cheese and heat through. For added protein, dip the bread in egg first and make french toast, then add cheese and grill. Who doesn’t love grilled cheese?
It takes only 8 minutes to cook whole wheat egg noodles and by adding a can of tuna, green peas, parmesan cheese and cream of mushroom soup after draining the noodles, you have a complete meal in under 10 minutes.
Tonight was one of those nights that circling back for the forgotten homework at school took up the precious 20 minutes they were supposed to have to eat at the table. The chicken I barely had time to broil ended up tossed in a bowl with the sweet potato slices for a ‘eat-with-your-hands’ dinner in the back seat of the car on the way to dance!!
What is your favorite healthy fast food for dinners on the go?