As we head full speed ahead into the holiday season, I wanted to take a moment to talk about something else that can help you hold on to those healthy habits this time of year. The secret is in your bag :) Ya know, your purse, tote, handbag, clutch, carryall, satchel, sack. As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), I try to make the healthy choice the easy choice so I don't do something I regret. So here are my 4 recommendations on what to pack in your purse to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
(1) HAND SANITIZER. DYK that a large percentage of food-borne disease outbreaks are spread by contaminated hands? Shut that sh&% down & always pack hani-sani for when washing your hands isn't an option.
(2) UNSWEETENED DRIED FRUIT. It takes effort to get your recommended 5 servings of fruits & veggies in each day. Help yourself out and keep unsweetened dried fruit (like these KIND Strawberry Cherries Apple Fruit Bites). They don't spoil easily and are a great alternative for when you want something sweet!
(3) SINGLE-SERVE SNACKS. Salty & crunchy is my thing guys. So when that craving hits, a protein-packed snack keeps me satisfied until my next meal. I recommend snacks that are already pre-packaged like unsalted nuts or Biena Chickpea Snacks. They're great options to carry because they don't go bad in your bag, AND are full of fiber and heart-healthy fats.
(4) WATER BOTTLE. Hydration it huge for your overall well-being. (We're nearly 60% water after all!) So before you go in for a #snackattack, make sure you quench your thirst first. Good rule of thumb, you're aiming for half your body in fluid ounces each day when it comes to staying hydrated. (We're loving this d.stil stainless steel water bottle lately!)
And that's it folks! Just 4 simple items I always keep stocked for my life on-the-go. Are there certain things you like to carry around to keep your healthy lifestyle going? Tell me in the comments below!
P.S. If u want to catch a playback of the me on November 3, 2017 "Get Fit with Brit" segment on 650 AM WSM's Nashville Today show, listen here!
I recently did some travel to the biggest nutrition conference in the world, FNCE, and wanted to share something that seriously saved. my. life! This trip was fast & furious (as many are) and I wanted to make the most of my limited time there. So what did I do? I made the healthy choice, the easy choice. (Like so easy I felt ridiculous if I didn't do it.) I proudly present to you... DIY OVERNIGHT OAT PACKETS!
Not only were these a super cheap breakfast, they made for a complete meal that you could take on-the-go! Site seeing here we come!
These saved so much stress you guys! I didn't have to worry about getting up extra early to figure out breakfast or wait in a long line for something that wasn't really going to nourish my body. If you're an oatmeal lover, I can't recommend these enough! (I'm even considering making these up for life in general.)
Do you pack food when you travel? Tell me what in the comments below!
If you follow us on Instagram, you know that we LOVE ALDI. Not only it is truly economical, the quality of the brands they carry are A+++, AND it always makes for a quick shopping trip! (I'm talking less than 30 minutes y'all.) Read on for some of Kristen's favorite buys from one of our favorite grocery stores!
ALDI is one of those stores that I go a little out of my way for. They are a discount grocer whose products often are a lot cheaper than other chain grocery stores. Some of their products are better than others in my opinion. They often carry and stop carrying certain products, but they usually have all of the staples that I need. While this list is not extensive, these are my favorite items to buy from ALDI. I hope this helps you on your next grocery haul!
If you have an ALDI nearby, give them a chance! Make sure you bring your own bags, because they charge for theirs. This is to save you money! Also bring a quarter for a shopping cart, another ingenious way they cut cost. This thrifty grocery store can save you some cash without skimping on your favorite products!