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Eating Fast 'n Healthy On The Road
by ShaunaS

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If you’re like me, chances are you are on the road more frequently during the summer months. Just because you are on vacation though, doesn’t mean you should take a vacation from your healthy diet.

Eating fast and healthy on the road is possible and I’ve found some great menu picks that won’t take you too far from the highway.

1. Starbucks Fruit and Yogurt Parfait: Starbucks has more to offer than coffee and pastries and there is certainly no shortage of outlets! Try a yummy low-fat fruit and yogurt parfait for only 340 calories and 4 g fat.

2. Starbucks Spinach, Tomato, Feta & Egg Wrap: This flavorful wrap is one of their low-fat hot breakfast items. Pack some fresh fruit and enjoy a piece with this wrap for 240 calories and 10 g fat (with a bonus 7 g of fiber too!).

3. Subway Fresh Fit Menu: You’re likely to find a subway tucked away in gas stations across America. This makes grabbing a healthy sandwich easy and allows you skip the hamburger at the drive through. Opt for a salad or sandwich from the 6 Grams of Fat or Less menu. Add apple slices, raisins, salad or baked chips for a balanced meal.

4. Wendy’s: Grab a Mandarin Chicken Salad but skip the crispy noodles and use half the dressing. It’ll only cost you only 302 calories and 17 g fat. Or, try a filling broccoli and cheese baked potato and small chili for 510 calories and 8 g fat.

5. Taco Bell: Taco Bell makes ordering a healthier meal easier with its Fresco Menu where you can choose from 9 menu items with less than 9 g fat and 330 calories. Make it healthier by packing fresh cut veggies with you or add a side of pinto beans to add more filling fiber.

More Travel Light Tips

• Venture off the beaten path and find a local grocery store. Order a sandwich on whole wheat from the deli or hit the produce and dairy sections and pick up fresh fruit, veggies and yogurt.

• Pack a cooler. You take time to pack your suitcase, right? Why not put a few extra minutes into packing a cooler. Stash peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on whole wheat, baby carrots, sliced fruit, low-fat string cheese, whole wheat crackers and yogurt. Take some time to stretch, walk and eat at a rest stop.

• Do your research. Use to research local restaurants on your route. You can look up menus ahead of time and decide on the healthiest fare. Or, take along a book such as Healthy Highways for information right at your fingertips during your travels.

Happy and healthy travels!

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July 18, 2008


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