Healthy Eating When Traveling

Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go…..but what food choices are we making on our road trip there?  Tis the season to travel and visit our relatives but there are several temptations we can be faced with on our journeys.  Layovers in busy airports or drive-through fast food establishments are just a few to name.  What is the number one stress when it comes to holiday travel? TIME!  So plan ahead.  If you know that you will be stuck in an airport over the lunch hour, then have a filling breakfast so you will not be famished when you arrive at the airport.  Also, consider packing snacks and light meals that you can take with you.  If you do have to dine at a restaurant BE ASSERTIVE and use the following tips:
–  Ask for half of the meal in a doggie bag at the beginning so you will not be tempted with large portion sizes
–  Ask for items to be grilled instead of fried
–  Ask for sauces and dressings on the side
–  Substitute veggies or salad for high calorie sides

Be sure to read the ingredients and know what you are ordering.
Words to look for:  steamed, baked, broiled, grilled, sauteed, roasted, broth, seared
Words to avoid:  fried, creamy, cheesy, battered, breaded, country-style, crispy, smothered

Here are a couple on-the-go snacks & meal ideas:
-hummus with veggies or pretzels
– a whole wheat tortilla with avocado, turkey and tomato

Need an additional resource that you can use as your travel companion, try “Travel Healthy: A Handy Guidebook for Health-Conscious Travelers,” by Lalitha Thomas.

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