Declining Your Drive Thru Frequency

Declining Your Drive Thru Frequency

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Work, Spouse, Kids, and a never ending list of to-do’s and events often means grabbing quick meals at fast-food joints, but that doesn’t have to be your daily routine. If you’re busy and constantly on the go, we’ve got savvy strategies to help you minimize fast-food pit stops and make healthier choices. No, make a 360 in a week to get it all right immediately here, just practical tips to keep your health in check.

  1. Pack the Car Smart:

This is the first tip because it's my favorite and most practical. Get yourself some fresh apples, not pre sliced and refrigerated ones either(though you could but that’s going to add some extra steps to work), prepackaged nuts (whatever you and/or your family like), fresh pears, and/or a good quality granola/protein bar. These listed items do fine without refrigeration and make for something quick and easy, no meal prep needed snack items. This tip can be used in multiple ways, it can be used as a way to hold you over until you can get home to eat a more nutritious meal or use the snacks to be part of the meal you get at the drive thru so you won’t eat as much drive thru food such as only getting an entree item instead of a full meal with a side. This tip is only helpful if you are packing healthy foods. Packing with sugary snacks and treats isn’t really going to provide benefits.

  1. Bring a Drink From Home

In case you missed the memo, soda is bad and you need to drink more water. I’m not going to tell you to order water from the drive-thru because I for one certainly won’t order it unless I already know that I like the taste of the restaurant's water. But, what I am going to tell you is get you a reusable cup/bottle/tumbler or whatever you want to call it that you personally like and pack that thing around like its your smart phone that rarely leaves your site. Put the water that you like in it or even a different drink that’s not soda. This tip and tip number one could possibly even save you money without infringing on your time. I’ll provide links to some reusable drinkware.

  Currently Popular- Stanley 40 oz

  Smartphone Trackable- Hydrate Spark

  Insulated Water Bottle Style- S’well

  1. Grocery Store Pick Up:

This tips usability is going to be highly dependent on your personal circumstances with location and availability but that doesn’t change that it can be helpful to know. Some grocery and major retailers offer the ability to order online and have your order brought out to you (yeah I know it's not new). You can find pre made salads that are in the bowl and have dressing included and sub sandwiches. In my experience with online ordering it's best to place your order early or even the day before to ensure that the retailer has availability for pick up for the time you will need. Your time frame doesn’t have to be exact either but typically putting an order in an hour before you need it, won't be available. These are still pre made and packaged products so it may not be the best option for you but this could possibly be a healthier alternative to the drive thru.

  1. At Home Meal Services 

There are many different companies that offer meal delivery services that you can pick your recipe and they will ship the ingredients to you but that still doesn’t change the fact that you may not have time to cook the meal but there are some places that offer ready to eat meals that you simply heat and eat. Combining this with tip number 1 could be a game changer for you. Check out the listed options and see if one fits your needs.



  Daily Harvest

  Splendid Spoon

  Sun basket 

  Purple Carrot

Being constantly on the go doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your health by relying on fast food. With a bit of planning and these savvy strategies, you can make small impactful changes and make more mindful choices. 

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