Have Food, Will Travel

by Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

Have Food, Will Travel

If your job, vacation or weekend outing takes you on the road, brown-bag it—or fill a cooler—so you don't need to rely on vending machines, convenience stores, fast food chains or snack bars.

  • Fill sealable plastic bags with vegetable finger foods: raw vegetables (broccoli and cauliflower florets, jicama and carrot sticks, zucchini and bell pepper circles, or snow peas). Take seasonal fruit. Besides taking the edge off hunger, fruit can be a thirst quencher.
  • Tuck in single-portion beverages: canned or boxed fruit juice, boxed milk and bottled water. Take other portable, nonperishable foods—for example, crackers, peanut butter, raisins, small boxes of ready-to-eat cereal, single-serving cans of tuna or fruit, other dried fruit, pretzels or plain popcorn. Tuck in packages of instant oatmeal for a quick, easy, hot breakfast in your hotel.
  • Stock an insulated cooler with perishable foods: deli sandwiches, yogurt and cheese, among others. Keep fresh fruit and raw vegetables in the cooler, too, to keep them crisp.
  • When you're hungry, stop to eat. Get out of the car. Stretch. Take a short walk. You'll enjoy your meal more—and feel more relaxed as you continue driving. To help prevent constipation—a frequent complaint on long-distance car trips—stop every hour or two for a brisk walk and drink of water.
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About the author:

Roberta L Duyff MS RDN FAND

Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

Author of "Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Fourth Edition" and "365 Days of Healthy Eating from the American Dietetic Association" (both published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey).




  • Cook healthy

    Involve your child in the cutting, mixing and preparation of all meals. Even a snack can be healthy.

  • Eat right

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  • Shop smart

    To encourage a healthy lifestyle, get your children involved in selecting the food that will appear at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table.

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