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Healthy Snacking Tips while Traveling

Aug 18, 2007
Whether you are planning a day at the beach, a weekend in the mountains or a road trip, it is common to forget snacks and drinks. Dining out everyday for all meals of the day can be a real problem if one is not accustomed to eating out daily. Its wrong to stop the intake of practically every food available on the road, but one can make adjustments to eat healthy food.

Typical junk food like burgers, bags of chips and sodas are loaded with bad fats, many calories and less of nutrients. Eating junk food for couple of days can give you a bad stomachache.

Breakfast: If you are breakfasting either at a small restaurant or hotel breakfast bar or at the gas station, avoid foods that have excess sugar and high carbs. Instead opt for
Omelet filled with vegetables or brown bread toast
A bowl of oatmeal or cornflakes with fresh fruits
Bran muffins or whole grain toast with little or no jam.
Drink low fat milk or 100% fruit juices.
Eat a bowl of fresh fruits. Include yogurt parfaits or hard-boiled eggs, a good source of proteins.

Snacking in the car: If you are on a road trip, you will come across quite a few groceries stores, which have healthier eating options than fast foods restaurants. Taking along healthy snacks will keep your co-passenger's in cheerful moods. If you are driving, you should be snacking less to avoid being distracted. Options for healthy snacks in the car
Fresh fruits like apples, bananas, grapes, peaches and plums.
Veggies like carrots, celery or cucumber sticks, and broccoli or cauliflower florets.
Water to keep one self hydrated. Even if it spills, there will not be any staining. Experts recommend 8-10 glasses of water daily.
Low fat yogurts, puddings or homemade muffins or cookie bars to satisfy the sweet tooth.
Low fat cheese or dried fruits such as raisins, cashews, apricots or almonds.
Baked whole grain crackers loaded with fibers and nutrients or pretzels.
Baked variety of chips with less fats.
Sandwiches made from whole grain bread, peanut butter or lean meat cuts.

Lunch and dinner are best eaten at restaurants instead of fast food restaurants as they offer healthier choices.
Soup or salad with low fat salad dressings
Select main course dishes prepared in healthier low-fat method. For e.g., Baked chicken is a better option than fried chicken.
Choose eating a fruit instead of dessert at the end of the meal.

If at a fast food joint, go in for whole grain breads, lots of vegetables and lean meats. Grilled chicken sandwich is much better option than sandwich topped with fried chicken.

If you are staying at a hotel, there are plentiful healthy snacks and foods options available. Go to the local grocery store and purchase fruits, nuts or pick up something healthier from the salad bar or deli.
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Kevin Pederson is the webmaster of Diethealthclub. This article mentions about great tasting, easy to snacks items and drinks on trips help to maintain healthy food habits.
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