Whether you're traveling by plane, train or automobile, take your healthy-eating habits along by using these tips:
- Take these snacks to go. Tuck portable, nonperishable foods in your backpack, purse or tote when traveling. Single-serving packets of peanut butter and whole-grain crackers, low-fat granola bars, trail mix, nuts and dried fruits travel well.
- Traveling by car? Pack a cooler with skim milk, yogurt, individually wrapped string cheese, small packages of lean sliced meat or poultry for sandwiches, fresh fruit and fresh pre-cut vegetables. Whole-grain bread and cereals round out meals and can also be a quick snack.
- Don't forget the fluids. Include water with sliced lemons or limes, individually packaged 100 percent fruit juices, sparkling water, or unsweetened iced tea.
- Utilize your resources. Ask about local restaurants that have healthy foods on their menus or that offer grilled or broiled foods in addition to fried foods. You might also ask if there’s a grocery store nearby where you can purchase fruit and easy-to-fix items.
- Practice portion control. Allow yourself small servings of some higher calorie foods so that you don’t feel deprived and eat larger servings of lower calorie foods.
- Eat for energy. Focus your mind on how eating healthy will give you the strength and energy you’ll need for your trip.
Eating well on the road is completely achievable if you plan in advance and have strategies in place that will help you make good choices.