Lifestyle 5 Simple Steps to Better Food Choices at the Convenience Store



We’ve all been there. You’re on the road, running late, or perhaps just need a quick bite, and the closest option is the local convenience store. While these quick stops are known for their range of snacks and sugary temptations, it’s entirely possible to make healthy food choices without compromising on convenience.

As a seasoned trainer, nutrition coach, and passionate advocate for holistic health, I’ve outlined five simple steps to help you make better food choices on-the-go.

1. Plan Ahead:

Before stepping foot in the store, take a moment to decide what you genuinely need. Are you looking for a quick snack? A meal replacement? By having a clear objective, you’ll be less tempted to gravitate towards unhealthy options. If you frequent convenience stores often, consider jotting down a go-to list of healthier options you can quickly pick up.

2. Stick to the Perimeter:

Just like in a grocery store, the healthiest options in convenience stores are usually located around the perimeter. Think fresh fruit, nuts, yogurt, and pre-packaged salads. By navigating the store’s edges first, you’ll fill your basket with healthier choices before even reaching those tempting chip and candy aisles.

3. Stay Hydrated with Water:

One of the quickest ways calories sneak into our day is through sugary drinks. Instead of reaching for that soda or sugary iced tea, opt for water. If plain water isn’t appealing, many stores now offer flavored sparkling waters without added sugars or artificial sweeteners.

4. Read the Labels:

Even seemingly healthy options can hide a lot of added sugars, salts, and unhealthy fats. If you’re opting for packaged foods, take a few seconds to scan the nutrition label. Look for options low in added sugars, sodium, and trans fats. Remember, the fewer ingredients you can’t pronounce, the better!

5. Prioritize Protein:

Protein keeps you full longer and provides energy for those on-the-go days. Look for protein-rich snacks like nuts, seeds, hard-boiled eggs, or even some protein bars (though, again, always check that label for added sugars!).

It’s worth noting that convenience doesn’t have to mean compromise. Even in a pinch, prioritizing your health is possible. With over three decades of experience in nurturing and caring for people, I truly believe that the best way to take care of ourselves and our loved ones is by making informed, conscious choices, even in the simplest of daily tasks like grabbing a snack. Here’s to healthier choices, no matter where you are!

Until next time,

Coach Sandy

RTF Training TX

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