Eating Healthy on the Road

Eating Healthy on the Road

Living a healthy lifestyle involves planning ahead.  To make healthy meals at home involves meal planning for the week, grocery shopping, cooking, and preparing your meals in advance.  Whether you are trying to get in shape, lose weight or just maintain a healthy lifestyle, traveling often makes it more challenging. Often times my clients will be doing great at home, but when they have to travel for work or go on vacation, they get off track.  It’s hard to make healthy food choices when there isn’t as many healthy food options.

 

Eating Healthy on the Road

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Recently, I’ve been traveling more and have found some easy healthy snacks that are widely available, from convenient stores to the airport.  However, it can be challenging to figure out what is actually healthy and what is not, especially when it”sounds healthy”.  I’ll go over the most widely available foods and snacks and go over their healthy rating.

How Healthy is your food

1) Chicken Salad or Tuna Salad

Most places make the salads with real mayo, which is filed with saturated fats, making this otherwise healthy option into an “okay” choice. In a 5 0z tuna salad with real mayo and bread, you will have about 40 grams of fat and almost 700 calories. There’s plenty of protein, but because of the fat content from the mayo, it isn’t the best healthy for you. If there is a low fat or fat free mayo option, then by all means, go for it, because it would be a 10.

With Real Mayonnaise:  HEALTHY RATING: 6

With Fat Free Mayonnaise:  HEALTHY RATING: 10

 

tuna-salad

 

2) Sandwiches

Depending on the types of bread, a sandwich could be a sugar feast. White sugar, hidden as carbohydrates, are filled with empty calories. If you add in real mayo, it is even worse. If you are trying to eat healthy, look for whole wheat or while grain options with at least 3 grams of fiber power serving. Stay away from thick breads like cibatta since they are filled with empty calories. If you can, skip the cheese and it becomes even healthier. Use mustard for flavor.   And add some fresh fruit or vegetables to make it a complete meal.

Thick Bread:  HEALTHY RATING: 4

Whole Wheat Bread: HEALTHY RATING: 7

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3) Salad

Salads are great choices when you are on the road, but skip the croutons because they are filled with empty calories. Add in a protein source like chicken or quinoa or beans and you have a healthy meal. Just make sure you choose a vinaigrette based dressing. Dressings can take an otherwise healthy salad and turn it into a fatty meal if you pick the wrong kind. A trick I picked up to get great flavor without the calories is to just do my fork into the dressing before I take a bite of salad. This allows me to use just the right amount of dressing and save all the empty calories.

HEALTHY RATING: 9-10

salad

4) Wraps

Wraps are a good choice when it comes to grabbing a quick meal.  Many wraps are made with chicken salad or tuna salad. Try to look for chicken breast or turkey and stay away from breaded meats and anything with ranch sauce. Look for wraps with more filling.  If you can, skip the cheese and you will avoid a lot of the fat. Hummus adds allot of flavor to the wrap. Avocado is also a great flavor booster. Look for wraps with lots of vegetables to boost the healthy rating. Also, try to find whole wheat wraps to boost fiber.

HEALTHY RATING: 6

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5) Hummus

Hummus is a great option for a filling snack, especially if it is served with vegetable sticks. Look for celery or carrots.  If possible, ask if you can get an extra serving of vegetables with the hummus.  If it is served with pita chips, keep in mind you will getting a double dose of carbs, so add in some vegetables or fruit to balance it out.

With Chips:  HEALTHY RATING: 7

With Veges:  HEALTHY RATING: 10

Hummus

 

6) Fruits

Fresh fruits are one of the best choices you can make to eat healthy when you are traveling.  I love bring apples and oranges with me because they are easy to transport and are more “squash proof”.  I love bring bananas, but make sure you don’t put heavy items on top of it.  Once I put a banana in my purse and forgot it was there.   Needless to say, my purse smelled like bananas for a couple of days.  If you can have some protein such as a hard boiled egg or string cheese with it, it would be more satisfying and keep you fuller longer.

HEALTHY RATING: 10

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7) Nuts

Nuts can be a healthy snack that is high in fiber and has good fats.  The best type of nuts to eat are raw unroasted nuts like raw almonds or cashews.  If you can only find roasted nuts, those are the second best.  Avoid flavored nuts… they are like candy or chips, full of sugar, salt and it is hard to exercise self control.  Keep in mind, nuts are very high fat, so just a handful will do.  Eat it with some fruit or vegetables and it would be a nice snack.

HEALTHY RATING: 9

Nuts

 

Try to stay away from muffins, pizzas, fried foods, and breaded meats.  If there is a Mexican place with tacos, you can still do pretty well with getting a taco without cheese and sour cream.  With all the temptations out there, being prepared is the best way to prevent you from making bad food choices.  Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.  We often mistaken thirst for hunger.

 

What are you favorite travel food?  I’d love to hear from you.

 

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Healthy Blueberry Smoothie

Healthy Blueberry Smoothie

Hi Healthy Living Junkies!   This is Annie and Andrea and we have a delicious healthy blueberry smoothie recipe for you.  It’s our favorite blueberry smoothie recipe because not only does it taste amazing, it is incredibly good for you too! Blueberries are high in antioxidants, which is has all kinds of health benefits including cancer fighting properties, is heart healthy, and well as improves your complexion.  Beauty in a cup?  Sign us up!  Flax seed is a healthy fat and aids in digestions, and the protein powder feeds your muscles.  Bananas are a healthy carb and is also high in fiber and nutrients.  Coconut milk is a great substitute for cow’s milk, is easier to digest and is also lactose free and has a rich creamy taste.

 

 

Healthy Blueberry Smoothie

Ingredients – 2 servings – Just half the recipe for one  =)

1 cup of blueberries (frozen or fresh, we used frozen)
1 banana
1 cup of coconut milk
1 scoop of protein powder (vanilla or unflavored)
2 teaspoons of flax seed (grounded)
Stevia (to taste)

 

 

Take all the ingredients and put it into a blender.  Blend for 10-15 seconds.  Pour in a cup and enjoy!  =) Try out our Blueberry smoothie and tell us what you think!  Better yet, show us your pictures!

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Make it a Healthy Day,

Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

P.S.   If you are looking to get in shape quickly & be healthier at the same time,   check out my educational weight loss video. ❤

 

 

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Benefits of Lean Muscle

Benefits of Lean Muscle

I am always taking about building lean muscles in my workout videos, but today, I want to share with you the benefits of lean muscles.  The reason why you want to have lean muscles is to increase your metabolism.  Muscles consume more calories than fat. One pound of muscle burns about up to 6.5 calories per hour. Muscles burn 5.5 times more calories than fat tissues, which burn about 1.2 calories per pound per hour. If you work out, a pound of muscle can consume up to 10 calories per hour!

 

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In fact, if you were to convert 5 pounds of fat to 5 pounds of muscles, you would burn 230 calories doing absolutely nothing at all.  Muscles need calories, which is a form of energy, in order to sustain it.  Therefore, the more lean muscles you have, the faster your metabolism becomes.  The problem is, most people turn to dieting when they are trying to get in shape. Dieting actually causes you to lose lean muscles, which slows down your metabolism. Find out what you need to do instead of dieting in this , short video.

 

Muscles Burn Calories

Muscles Burn Calories

 

In addition to increasing your metabolism, lean muscles also add shape and firmness to your body.  Lean muscles also helps minimize cellulite and dimples on your legs and thighs by decreasing overall fat and firming up the muscles.  Want a butt that makes Jennifer Lopez jealous?  You can reshape your body simply by adding lean muscles where you desire it.  It doesn’t matter what age you are or if you have ever worked out before.  Your body is an incredible machine that is resilient and you will see results from working out in as little as a few days!

 

Squat

Squat

 

One of my favorite tricks before going out on a date or to an event is to do a mini workout before I leave.  If I am wearing a short dress, I will do some squats to get a “pump” to my legs, giving them more shape and definition while firming them up.  If I am wearing a sleeveless shirt, I will do a quick set of pushups and dips to tighten up my arms and upper body.   It is a simple trick that will give you an instant boost of confidence!

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Make it a Healthy Day,

Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

P.S.   If you are looking to get in shape quickly & be healthier at the same time,   check out my beginner’s guide to weight loss video. I’ll go over step by step what you need to do so you can reach your weight loss goals. ❤
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6 Reasons Why You Need A Hug

6 Reasons Why You Need A Hug

Hi Healthy Living Junkies!

We all love hug, and they feel awesome but did you know hugs have been scientifically proven to be good for you?  Here are 6 Reasons why you need a hug!

 

6 Reasons Why You Need A Hug ❤

 

1.  Hugs allow physical interaction, building trust and a feeling of safety.  Hugs makes us more open and increases positive communication.
Cute Animals

Cute Animals

 

2. When you feel lonely, isolated, or angry, giving or receiving a hug boost oxytocin levels, which heal those negative feelings and promotes a feeling of safety and positivity.

 

3. Hugging relaxes you by  releasing tension in the body, taking away pain while soothing the body by increasing circulation into soft tissues.

 

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4. We all love cuddling, but did you know long hugs actually boosts serotonin levels, which is responsible for  elevating mood and creating happiness!

 

Hugs

Hugs

 

5. Hugging makes us feel good about ourselves and boost self esteem.  It shows we are cared for and loved by making us feel safe and happy.

 

6. Hugs reduces stress.  Hugs help us let go of what ever is bothering us and just enjoy the moment.  Reducing stress has all kinds of positive benefits including lowering your blood pressure.

 

Next time you are stressed or see someone who is having a rough day, reach out and give them a hug.  Both of you will get the positive effects from hugs.  Remember, part of living a healthy and fit lifestyle is to make sure all aspects of your life is healthy, not just the way you look, but more importantly, the way you feel about yourself.   Being healthy and fit starts from the inside, and looking awesome in that swimsuit is just bonus!  =)

 

Looking to get in shape quickly & be healthier at the same time?   Check out this educational weight loss video. ❤

 

 

 

 

Make it an AWESOME DAY,

 

Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

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Why You Should Workout Today

Why You Should Workout Today

Hi Healthy Living Junkies!

Here is a great fitness motivational quote to keep you motivated.  This is why you should workout today.  =)

“You can choose how you feel tomorrow.  You can feel sore tomorrow or you can feel sorry tomorrow.  You choose.”

 

Choose how you feel

Remember, being fit and healthy is a marathon, not a sprint, and I am here with you every step of the way.  =)

 

Let’s stay connected!

Make it a Healthy Day,

 

Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

P.S.   If you are looking to get in shape quickly & be healthier at the same time,   check out my educational weight loss video. ❤

 

 

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Best Mascara Review

Best Mascara Review

Hi Healthy Living Junkies!

Every once in a while, even a fitness girl needs lose the workout clothes and dress up.  The best way to dress up the eyes is with a coat of mascara.  As we all know, finding the right mascara that doesn’t run or smear can be a challenge. Here is a video on my all time favorite mascara. The winner of the Best Mascara Review may surprise you.  If eyes are the window to the soul, then mascara are the curtains… or something like that.

Products reviewed:

Maybelline Great Lashes: $5 from the drug store. It is just like department store brands, but at a fraction of the price.

Maybelline Great Lashes Waterproof: Great product but hard to build volume. I have a trick to build volume in the video.

Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara (green tube): Didn’t really like this product b/c it dried out too fast.

Almay Get Up & Grow (white tube): I liked the consistency, but didn’t really see a big difference in my eyelash length.

 

Did you know you can improve your skin by eating the right kinds of food?  The right kind of foods will improve your skin tone, even out your complexion, as well as makes your hair and nails grow.  Oh, and it also keeps you lean and toned. Find out more in this video.  =)

 

Let’s stay connected!

 

Make it a Healthy Day,

 

Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

P.S.   If you are looking to get in shape quickly & be healthier at the same time,   check out my educational weight loss video. ❤

 

 

“Remember, being fit and healthy is a marathon, not a sprint.  And I am here with you every step of the way.”

 

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