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Eating a healthy diet when you are traveling can be difficult. It is important to plan ahead. Below are strategies to help you.
Order healthy breakfast foods individually (a la carte). This will help you avoid the temptations at the buffet.
Have breakfast in your room. Bring fresh fruit and mini-boxes of cereal. You can keep a small container of low-fat or skim milk cool in the ice bucket overnight.
If you have a long ride ahead, buy snacks before the trip. This will help you avoid the high-fat food choices on the road. Some good snack choices include:
Low-fat or nonfat yogurt
Baby carrots or ready-cut carrot and celery sticks
Some airlines offer peanuts or pretzels. Pick the pretzels, which contain little or no fat. The peanuts can have up to 93 percent of calories from fat.
Limit the amount of alcohol you drink on the plane. Alcohol provides calories with no nutrients. It can make you hungry and dehydrated. Try mineral water with a twist of lemon or lime instead.
Airplane meals are often high in salt and fat. But you can order a special meal in advance on most airlines. These meals tend to be healthier. Your options may include a low-salt or low-fat meal, or a vegetarian meal. Call the airline at least 48 hours before your flight.
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