Eating Well Away from Home

Lynn Dugan – MyPlate2Yours shared that while on vacation or traveling away from home, it may seem difficult to keep up the healthy eating habits! Don’t worry, with these tips you won’t have to sacrifice good nutrition. Here are a few important reminders to help us eat healthy while we are on the road:

Bring healthy snacks

  • On a road trip?  In a cooler, pack plenty of water, fresh fruit, single-serving yogurts and cheese sticks.

  • Snacks that don’t require refrigeration include whole grain crackers, trail mix, dried fruit, nuts, and bananas (items which are readily available at convenience stores while traveling). Also available in many grocery stores are hummus and peanut butter packed in ‘to-go’ individual containers.

Tips to remember while eating meals at restaurants:

  • Share entrees.

  • Pick menu items that are broiled, grilled, and baked (instead of fried).

  • Opt out of the french fries and ask for a side salad, fresh fruit, or vegetable side instead.

  • It’s always a good habit to ask for salad dressing ‘on the side’ to control the amount added.

Best choices for hotel breakfast buffets include:

  • Hot cereals (oatmeal is my personal favorite) or cold cereals with fruit and milk or yogurt.

  • Whole wheat English muffins, bagels or toast with a hard boiled/scrambled egg

  • Vegetable omelets with fruit.

  • Whole grain bread with peanut butter and fruit.

Fast food strategies:

  • Try grilled sandwiches and wraps

  • Salads with a light dressing.

  • If you enjoy fries, order a small size.

  • Choose water, milk, or juice instead of soda.

  • Round out that fast food meal with a piece of fruit from your cooler!

Enjoy your vacation!!

 

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