Eating healthily may not be so high on your priorities, but we’ll tell you why it should be and how to do it
Nutrition in Your 20s
You're working your first real job, making new friends, dating, getting married, maybe even starting a family. Your life is a whirlwind, which means healthy eating is the first thing to go. To conquer your biggest diet dilemmas:
Make fast food healthy.
Researchers at Brown University Medical School found that 20-somethings eat 25 percent more fast-food meals than they did in their teens. Grabbing dinner on the go means you may be missing out on crucial nutrients, says Bonnie Taub-Dix, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Slave over the stove? Nah. Choose healthy convenience foods — rotisserie chicken, shrimp cocktail, steamed dumplings, salads — and enjoy them with speedy additions from your kitchen — whole wheat pasta, instant brown rice, frozen veggies. For guilt-free fast-food choices, see "The Best Food to Eat on the Road."
The Best Food to Eat on the Road
Drink to your health.
Margaritas, mojitos, and cosmos can pack on the pounds faster than you can say cheers. Enter light beer (110 calories in a 12-ounce bottle). It's filling, so you're less likely to want a second, and it takes a good long time to drink.
Load up your desk drawer or office fridge with these tasty treats for fewer than 200 calories.