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How I Eat On the Go

Hi There!

Thank you for all the kind comments regarding my Adjusting to Motherhood post. Routines or not… becoming a mother is the best thing that has ever happened to me… even if it means missing a workout or two 😉 I wouldn’t trade my baby girl for the world.

I’ve gotten many many emails asking how I eat healthy while being so busy with motherhood and work and the blog.

For me, its all about planning and having the right foods in the house. If I don’t plan, its take out city for my husband and I.

I thought I would give you all a list of my staple foods that I always have in my house, and how I eat them for quick on the go meals.

On the go food essentials

Cottage cheese – I buy 2% fat cottage cheese (I’m not a fan of any sort of fat-free product). I can eat this with just about anything. In a wrap, on a salad, on toast with cinnamon, in oatmeal,

Soy Crisps – My favorite brand of soy crisps are the Trader Joe’s brand. My favorite way to eat is this is to take a huge handful of BBQ Soy Crisps scoop it in cottage cheese, with some cut up veggies and fruit on the side.

Hummus – I like to make hummus quesadillas. I take a whole wheat tortilla, spread a thick layer of hummus on it, then a tiny amount of chopped onions, and some low-fat cheddar cheese. Then heat it up on the stove until the inside in nice and melty, and the outside is toasty. No meal would be complete without several dashes of Texas Pete!

Pistachios – Did you know that you can eat 30 pistachios for only 100 calories? Not only do I love pistachios, but I like how long it takes me to eat them. Pistachios are the perfect mindful snack. I have to take my time and get the shell off, versus the handfuls of peanuts or almonds that can be quickly shoveled in my mouth.

Turkey deli meat – Every week we buy turkey from the deli. If I’m really pressed for time, I’ll throw together a quick sandwich. I’m pretty basic when it comes to sandwich making. I my favorite wheat bread, and use low-fat mayo, and slice of cheddar, a few slices of turkey, and tons of pickles.

Tuna Salad – I don’t know why, but every time my husband goes grocery shopping he comes home with about 10 cans of tuna. He was buying so much we were building up a serious supply. We now have fresh tuna salad made in the fridge at all times. In my tuna, I use a little low-fat mayo, pickle relish, chopped onion, chopped celery, and a little dijon mustard. Its perfect for my soy crisps or to make a quick one bread sandwich.

Whole Wheat bread – I only buy Martin’s Whole Wheat Potato Bread. It’s my favorite. Not only does it taste delicious, but it has 70 calories and 4 grams of fiber per slice.

Olives – I love olives!! I like to buy the big jumbo olives. If I’m hungry for a little snack, these are perfect and they satisfy any salty cravings I may have.

Greek Yogurt – I know there’s many many brands of greek yogurt, but I do have my favorite. Like I mentioned earlier, I’m not a fan of fat-free foods, so I don’t like the fat-free greek yogurts. My favorite greek yogurt is 2% Fage. To me, the creamy taste is worth the 40 extra calories 🙂 I’m VERY simple when it comes to how I eat this. All I do is mix 1/2 cup of Nature’s Path granola. To me, it’s perfect meal.

Peanut Butter Toast – I never eat a cold PB sandwich. It has to be toasted so the peanut butter can melt. And it takes me longer to eat because I have two pieces of bread to go through 🙂

Dove Dark Chocolate Promises – No meal is complete without a little chocolate! I love dark chocolate and Dove is my favorite. I always have one after lunch and dinner… sometimes even after breakfast.

There’s plenty of other foods I eat, for quick grab and go items, these are my staples.


Question of the Day?

What is your favorite quick go to meal?

22 Responses

  1. Jenna @ Health and Happiness said on February 12, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I love pistachios! They are so good roasted with sea salt and lime as well! I keep a jar of them on my kitchen counter at all times. I also love almonds and granola for quick little pick-me-ups!

  2. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on February 12, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I’ll second pistachios. But if I’ll be in the car, I pick easier-to-eat nuts like almonds. I also thing a Ziploc bag of cereal, while childish, is great as an away-from-home snack.

    • Estela - Weekly Bite said on February 12, 2010 at 11:27 am

      Hi Tracy & Jenna!

      I love pistachios. I had forgotten about them for a while, but I’m so glad I started buying them again!! They are so good!

  3. Jessica said on February 12, 2010 at 10:59 am

    I love peanut butter toast, too – not on just bread, but toast!

    Still not getting your updates. 🙁

  4. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on February 12, 2010 at 11:09 am

    i love larabars and greek yogurt…those are probably two staples in my diet for on-the-go type meals 🙂

  5. Becky said on February 12, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Martins bread is made in my hometown, so we always have potato bread at our house. Glad you’re giving Martins some love! 🙂

    • Estela - Weekly Bite said on February 12, 2010 at 11:26 am

      HI Becky! I had no idea Martins bread is from your hometown! Tim and I LOVE that bread! It’s all we buy 🙂

  6. carolyn said on February 12, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I feel like I just read my grocery list! Too funny. Great choices!

  7. Biz said on February 12, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I couldn’t agree more – a stocked fridge/freezer/pantry makes all the difference. I am a total meal planner and not only does it help my budget, but if I happen to work late, its not a big deal.

    Stirfrys have to be my favorite quick meal to prepare – I like to call it “kitchen sink” stirfry by using up all the veggies I have at the end of the week.

    Happy Friday!

  8. Ameena said on February 12, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Great post Estela…I eat a lot of these things too! My favorite easy meal is anything to do with eggs. They are quick to prepare and the clean up is easy. And I always have eggs in the fridge!

  9. Kelly said on February 12, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I love PB&J…we make PB&J Paninis…so good!!!

  10. katie said on February 12, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    LOVE your snacks on the go! i didnt even know they made fat free cottage cheese..that sounds grossss! dove dark chocolate is the BOMB

  11. Nicole, RD said on February 12, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Is all potato bread that much lower in calories? If so, I may be making the switch 🙂

    I love olives, too! I go through a jar at least every other week. Green ones for me, though…not a fan of the black ones.

    I agree with you also on 2% products. Fat-free cheeses and salad dressing tastes horrible! Plus, when you take all the fat out of something you add in sugar and preservatives, usually. Pass!

    Have a great weekend, hun!

  12. Lu said on February 12, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    I love everything you mentioned. My staples are definitely on there. Yogurt, tuna and turkey. Mmmmm. Probably not all together though.

  13. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said on February 12, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    I agree that 2% Fage is SO much better than 0%! I wish Oikos would make an Organic 2%!
    I want to try the hummus ques soon too!

  14. Kristen @ Change of Pace said on February 12, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Definitely planning ahead is key to being a busy mom and eating healthy. A lot of times I’ll plan out my bfast, lunch, and dinner the day before so then I have a plan and stick to it. If I know I have to be somewhere first thing in the morning I make my breakfast the night before so it’s ready. I love turkey, cheese, and hummus sandwiches on the go 🙂

  15. Gelareh @ Nutritious Foodie said on February 12, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    That’s a pretty good list.

    My meal on the go is Almond butter on the Ezekiel better

  16. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on February 12, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    fruit cut up, granola bars that i make, protein bars that i make, always have a freezer stash 🙂

    motherhood, you hit the nail on the head in the first paragraph. i totally agree!

  17. Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) said on February 12, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Thanks so much for visiting my site. I’m loving looking through your posts.

    I try to stay away from bars and pre-packaged snacks (although Clif Bars are delish) and love to grab apples, pita with hummus or a PB&J. 😀

  18. Jenn ( said on February 13, 2010 at 8:11 am

    I love Martin’s 100% whole wheat potato bread, their rolls are awesome too. They should make hot dog shape whole wheat!! 😀

    Sandwiches are my favorite go-to meal. Tuna, salmon, cheese or turkey — YUM!


  19. Stef said on February 13, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    i’m not sure i realized you’re a mama! that’s awesome, i bet your little girl is beautiful. i love those bbq soy crisps from TJs too, i have a bag that is begging to be opened!

  20. Jess (Fit Chick in the City) said on February 15, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Dare I admit that my go to meal when in a pinch is some sort of frozen vegetarian meal? I know the horror! 😉