Breakfast in the car, fast food for lunch, and a dinner meeting - a lifestyle of eating on the go.
The American Dietetic Association reminds consumers that nutritious eating can be part of a busy day. Here are some tips for healthy habits when you are away from home.EATING ON THE ROAD
- Your best breakfast bets on the road are cereal with milk, waffles or pancakes with fresh fruit toppings; a bagel or toast with preserves, fruits and juices.
- When traveling by car, take along individually portioned juices; raw vegetables; low-fat cheese or peanut butter and whole-grain crackers; snack boxes or bags of dried fruits; or seasoned, air-popped popcorn.
LESS FAT, STILL FAST
- Fast-food chains are jumping on the low-fat bandwagon. Look for low-fat dairy products and grilled chicken or lean meat entrees.
- Although most fast-food chains have converted to all-vegetable fat for frying, fried foods are still among the highest in fat and calories. Take a trip to the salad bar for a lower-fat alternative to fries and onion rings. Keep your salad lean by going easy on bacon bits, croutons, regular salad dressings and prepared salads, and by choosing low-calorie or yogurt-based dressings.
THE CHOICE IS YOURS
- A full-service restaurant offers the most flexibility and variety of food choices. Cafeterias allow you to control portion sizes and toppings like gravy, sauce and salad dressing.
- Watch out for foods that sound healthier than they are. Teriyaki dishes are low in fat but high in sodium. Potato skins often are fried and served with high-fat toppings. Pasta primavera can be made with cream. "Light" menu items may be nothing more than high-fat appetizers.
- Do not be afraid to ask questions about how a dish is prepared and whether lower-fat substitutions are available.