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!