I feel like there was a time – somewhere back in my childhood and teen years – when you couldn’t find healthy food choices as easily as you can in 2016. The availability of clean options is something I am incredibly thankful for because sometimes you just don’t have time to pack a snack (and I am the QUEEN of snack packing!)
I recently found myself at the ER for a loved one, and again at the hospital twice more for follow ups. I remember visiting my grandmother many, many moons ago in a hospital in my hometown – it was a wonderful facility but there wasn’t much in the way of healthy foods. You had a cafeteria with food selections, of course – but the options weren’t exactly health conscious. Let’s keep in mind, the food for visitors is not the focus, nor should it be! At the time, it wouldn’t have mattered an ounce! I was a figure skater who couldn’t’ have kept pounds on me if I tried!
But at almost 38, I do my best to fuel my body with healthy, nutritious foods, staying mindful of my overall caloric intake (and calorie makeup, equally if not more important) because it WILL stick. Though we may schedule well and prepare accordingly, Life sometimes changes things up…and it ISN’T the end of the world!
So here I am in an inner City hospital, waiting until I am allowed to head back to the recovery room – for me, that was all I cared about! I was told I HAD to wait 40 minutes at the minimum so, as I was feeling a bit peckish, I ran upstairs to a little coffee outpost. I was delighted to find hard-boiled eggs, an item I doubt I’d have seen even five years ago. I recall first seeing these (with a skeptical sneer, admittedly) in an airport – since then I have made the plunge and given them a whirl (hard boiled eggs vs gigantic bagel? Clear winner for me!) They aren’t made ten minutes prior, necessarily, but they are fresh…and they are a WONDERFUL option. Full amino profile in the yolk, plenty of protein, and some healthy fat to keep me satisfied for a while – good choice!
I was really thankful that there was something more than sugary muffins, and calorie-dense carbohydrates to choose from – when clean options are part of the the selection, it makes sticking to our goals and plan MUCH easier!
I wouldn’t necessarily have found myself seeking out a snack had I not be told I had to sit and wait…but since I didn’t have the choice, it was a treat to find some snacks I could enjoy. They ALSO had soy milk – not in a carafe, but to buy – which I use for coffee. That was pretty awesome too. 🙂
Healthy options EVERYwhere.
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