June 20, 2016

by Mankato Clinic

1: Make sure to plan

Plan ahead, thinking about where you’ll be and what you’ll need. Make a grocery list and stock your kitchen with essentials that can be packed ahead of time for breakfast on the go or lunch in the car.

2: Eat breakfast

To start your day off right, add a good source of protein to keep you full, like yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese, eggs and a serving of fruit, whole grain cereal or bread for energy and stamina.

3: Pack some snacks

Pack healthy snacks and lunches to keep you full throughout the day. Portable snacks can include nuts or trail mix, fruits, vegetables, cheese sticks or whole-wheat crackers.

4: It’s OK to eat out

If you’re eating at a restaurant choose a lean protein like chicken or fish, or a vegetable or grilled chicken wrap. Vegetable and broth-based soups are also a great option for a meal low in fat and calories.

5: Opt for water

Whenever you can, choose water over high-sugar sodas or sweetened beverages. Water actually helps you digest your food properly and allows your kidneys to function and filter everything they need to.