Driving 18 hours from Minnesota to Georgia, Krista and Tim Wignall passed the time talking, listening to music — and, of course, eating.
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TIPS FOR HEALTHY EATING
Rethink your drink
Skipping just one 12-ounce soda saves 10 teaspoons of sugar. Choose water or low-fat milk instead of sugary sodas, sports drinks or juices. Can’t give up soda altogether? Replace at least one with water or order smaller sizes.
Swap your side
Healthy sides provide vitamins and minerals missing from most fast food. Skip the french fries.
Choose fruit, salad, yogurt, beans or a broth-based soup instead. If french fries are a must, order a small and share.
Keep it clean
These extras (mayo, tartar sauce, sour cream and special sauces) add calories without nutrients. Top salads with reduced or low-fat dressing; skip the bacon and croutons. Use ketchup, mustard, vinegar and pepper to flavor foods.
Pack healthy snacks such as fresh or dried fruit, nuts or peanut butter crackers. If you have a cooler, other great options include hummus, string cheese, veggies and yogurt. At rest stop vending machines, choose healthier options — nuts, dried fruit, sunflower seeds, granola bars, whole-grain crackers or pretzels.
(And don’t forget to pack water!)
Source: Strong4life.com, a Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta website