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Feature Article: On-the-Go Eating Can Be Healthy

Drive-through dining and quick-serve restaurants are the choice for many on-the-go consumers, especially in our never-ending quest to manage our hectic lifestyles.

Nowadays, many restaurants are making it easier for customers to keep their health in mind when dining out. New menus popping up at many quick-serve restaurants also include smaller portions and readily available nutrition information.

The next time you dashboard dine, here are some healthy suggestions:

  • Order tacos or burritos with salsa and skip the cheese.
  • Top pizza with chicken, Canadian bacon or lean ham and don�t forget the vegetables or even fruit. Try bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, tomato, broccoli, spinach, artichoke hearts or pineapple slices.
  • Ask for a grilled chicken sandwich served on a baguette.
  • Drink water or skim milk instead of a soft drink.
  • Request all dressings, condiments and sauces on the side.
  • Order smaller-sized burgers, share fries with a friend and substitute a salad for French fries.

If you decide to pack food while driving to your vacation destination, try these quick, safe and easy foods to take on the road.

  • Single-serving boxes of cereal, trail mix, energy bars, granola bars, cereal bars, bagels, muffins or crackers.
  • Raw fruit and vegetables including carrot and celery sticks, grapes, single-serve applesauce, whole fruit (apples, peaches or bananas) or dried fruit mix.
  • Peanut butter (for sandwiches or with celery and apples), nuts and single-serve packages of cheese and crackers.
  • Bottled water and juice boxes.

Just remember, you don�t need to leave your healthful eating plan in the driveway when you hit the road.

Source: American Dietetic Association, www.eatright.org