In a perfect world we would all be able to eat homemade, weighed out and portioned out meals for every meal, but in reality, we just can’t do that. In fact, I am currently in a situation where I live in and out of different cities and different hotels and rarely even have a kitchen! This makes it SO hard to eat right, SO hard to eat often enough, and SO hard to watch my portions.
I wanted to share with you a few of my go-to meals at some restaurants that are almost ALWAYS near, no matter where you are!
1. iHOP – Or essentially any breakfast place or diner, and I want to add that I do not only eat at these places for just breakfast. Honestly, I usually choose breakfast places over any other option, mainly because I love eggs so much!
My order: 4 egg whites 2 pieces of turkey sausage Fruit cup
Nutrition Facts: Calories: 216 Protein: 23.4 grams Fat: 5.3 grams Carbohydrates: 20.4 grams
2. Chipotle – or Qdoba, whatever. Mexican food is my weakness….but these places make it guilt-free!
My order: Salad bowl – not in the tortilla bowl Black beans Fajita veggies Grilled chicken Spiciest salsa
Nutrition Facts: Calories: 355 Protein: 42 grams Fat: 9.5 grams Carbohydrates: 32 grams 3. Pei Wei
My order: Small steamed chicken Kung pao sauce – which is the Snap Peas and Carrots – and I get the sauce on the side and dip my chicken and veggies in it No rice
Nutrition Facts – Side note: these facts are with the sauce included Calories: 435 Protein: 34 grams Fat: 15.5 grams Carbohydrates: 48.5 grams
4. Panda Express – It’s just so fast to grab and carry out!
My order: Veggies – instead of rice or noodles 1/2 Grilled chicken teriyaki – no sauce 1/2 String bean chicken
Nutrition Facts: Calories: 310 Protein: 29 grams Fat: 11.5 grams Carbohydrates: 26.5 grams
5. ANY Grocery Store – I had to make this part of my list because my husband and I get dinner from the grocery store most nights when on the road, and bring it to eat in the hotel, split it and it is delicious.
Our order: Whole rotisserie chicken Microwaveable sweet potatoes One avocado
Nutrition Facts – per me, my husband eats more of this “split” than I do: Calories: 530 Protein: 45.3 grams Fat: 30.5 grams Carbohydrates: 24.5 grams
Essentially, the majority of my meals are based around PROTEIN, and healthy fats and carbohydrates, both in moderation. I hope this helps shed a little light on the choices you make while you are not in control of preparing your own meals. We all have to go out to eat sometimes, some more than others, and being educated on your choices is the first step. And as always, if I can answer any questions you might have about meal planning, or anything at all, feel free to email me!