• Ben Banbury

5 Foods I Carry Everywhere to Stay Lean On-the-go

Updated: Jul 10, 2021

I'm not the most organised human on the planet, so it's important I carry a few items that I can turn to when i'm unprepared. Since I added these to my gym bag I've saved money on supermarket trips and stuck to my diet MUCH better.

Why do I carry healthy foods on me at all time?

I like my stats so here's another one for you;

1 in 4 people from the UK bring a packed lunch

I know. I read the most exciting articles.

But that stat means two things; people are either skipping lunch or buying something quick from their nearest supermarket or food stop.

So not only are they wasting their money, they're also much more likely to grab some high calorie lunch.

It's genuinely quite hard to find something healthy if you're on-the-go

So many sandwiches are pumped full of mayo and let's be honest, you're always going to want to grab the BLT over the bland looking tuna sarny.

I carry 5 foods on me at all times to stop me eating rubbish when I'm unprepared

I'd highly recommend adding them to your work bag

My 5 Foods

1. Instant oats

The perfect go-to food in my opinion.

Oats are super healthy and are slowly digested, so they keep you feeling full for longer.

You also only need to add hot water.

So put the cuppa-soup down, and stock up on instant oats.

2. Protein bars

I'm not the biggest fan of most protein bars.

Most taste pretty vile, they're pricey and most ingredient lists contains a lot of words I can't even pronounce

A Grenade protein bar ingredients include:

"Polydextrose; Hydrolysed Beef Gelatine, Humectant"

What even is that?!

I don't really fancy putting that in me.

The one's I will vouch for are Hike bars from Aldi.

They're like 50p, they contain a lot more words I can actually understand and they contain about 11g of protein

(honestly Aldi sort out this sponsorship)

3. A homemade meal replacement shake

I actually use Huel at the moment, It's pricey but a seriously good product

It's also gluten and dairy free which my body really agrees with (gluten and diary both don't agree with my gut)

You can make a simple meal replacement shake at home though. Simply add; 1x banana, 25g of whey protein powder, 25g of oats and any other fruit and veg you fancy into a blender with 300-400ml of water or milk.

This won't win any great taste award, but it will ensure you stick to your diet.

4. Cashews

I want you to understand that my goals are most likely different to yours. Therefore my daily calorie intake will be as well.

I need to consume about 3,700 calories a day. This is nearly double what most males need to consume on a daily basis.

Why? Because I'm a PT and pretty active, but more importantly because I weight train my metabolism is high and and my body burns a lot of calories maintaining the muscle I've put on over nine years of training.

Read my post "Why women must weight lift" to know more about increasing your metabolism.