A survey conducted by Harris Interactive (Rochester, N.Y.) on behalf of ZonePerfect (Columbus, Ohio) reveals nine out of 10 adults in the U.S. eat meals on the go. Six of the 10 do so at least daily, and just over a quarter (26%) eat on the go two to three times a day.

Many adults report they sometimes fail to keep health and wellness in mind when eating, and a large proportion identify “on-the-go activities” as the culprit behind those transgressions. Those activities include eating while traveling or dining out, as well as the dietary temptations found in the workplace, yet dietitians warn of the importance of consuming foods to provide the energy needed to fuel the body.

“The busier we are, the more important it is that we eat foods that give us the energy to fuel our bodies throughout each demanding day,” explains healthy living advisor Carolyn O'Neil, registered dietitian and co-author of The Dish on Eating Healthy and Being Fabulous! “At the same time, we need simple snack and meal-time solutions that fit our modern-day, multi-tasking lives. They need to taste great, be readily available or prepared in a matter of minutes.”

For those on-the-go meals, O'Neil recommends consumers develop a plan for healthful eating, packing foods rich in vitamins and minerals--such as pre-cut vegetables, fresh fruit, cheese sticks, nuts, nutrition bars, etc. Also, considering 48% of adults indicate they “fall off the health and wellness wagon” when craving something sweet, O'Neil is advising consumers to consider fresh strawberries on low- or non-fat yogurt, or apple slices with a little peanut butter.