1. Notebook. 2. Wallet. 3. Protein powder. 4. Almonds. 5. Pressed powder from MAC Cosmetics. 6. Lip stain from Victoria Secret. 7. Overnight oats. 8. Apple. 9. LoveSweatFitness water bottle. (Photo: Katie Dunlop)
Katie Dunlop, a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and entrepreneur, knows the importance of eating healthy even on busy days.
“I love to cook and try to make every meal possible, but it doesn’t always happen. There are a lot of days where I have to bring snacks on the road or find healthy places to stop,” says Dunlop, creator of LoveSweatFitness.com.
She has the following tried-and-true tricks for making nutrition a priority when you're on the road or running around. So get packing, because it all starts with what's in your bag.
“I always have almonds or nut mixes in my purse and car for when I am on the go. I eat every two to three hours and like to stay as close to on track as possible, even on the go,” she says. “I never know where the day will lead, or how long I’ll be gone, especially when I’m in L.A. Traffic and hunger do not mix!”
If she anticipates a long day away, she’ll bring a mix of grab-and-go snacks in glass containers, including: egg muffins, overnight oats, Greek yogurt, nut butter, hummus, veggies, chicken breasts, and apples. “I also always have some protein powder on hand to mix with water as a last resort,” says Dunlop, who drinks about a gallon of water a day.
“No matter how crazy the day gets, I make sure I take a minute to go down to the beach and just soak it in,” Dunlop says. (Photo: lovesweatfitness/Instagram)
“Sometimes I end up eating oats for dinner or eggs for lunch, but it’s always delicious. As long as I am getting the nutrients I need, I’m not terribly concerned with the ‘right’ food for the time of day.”
Her nutritional focus doesn’t mean that she never eats at restaurants. Dunlop says she loves going out, but she likes to be sure the restaurant uses clean, fresh ingredients.
“I try to stick to a protein like chicken or fish with vegetables, preferably roasted. If brown rice or quinoa is on the menu, I’m in! I also order any sauces and dressings on the side since they are usually full of unnecessary sugars,” Dunlop says.
“My favorite food to eat is Mexican. It’s super easy to make it healthy at the right restaurant. Chicken lettuce wrap tacos loaded with avocado? Yes, please."
Top Image Credit: Katie Dunlop/Instagram