Holiday road trip- Don't put healthy eating on vacation

August 29, 2013 2:58:13 PM PDT
Taking a road trip this long holiday weekend doesn't mean you have to toss your healthy eating plan out the window.

Instead of stopping at vending machines and convenience stores for lunch or a snack, try these tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

First, chop up vegetables to eat as finger-foods: things like carrots, cauliflower, broccoli and bell peppers.

Also, enjoy great seasonal fruit in between meals Cherries, berries and melons are at their peak, and inexpensive right now.

Marissa Moore, a registered dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, says, " The truth is that 2/3 of Americans don't actually get their fruits and vegetables everyday. So it's important to make sure that we try to find ways to do that. - at every single meal and snack."

She recommends making lunches ahead of time instead of stopping on the road. You can include deli sandwiches, yogurt and low-fat cheese.

For beverages, Moore gives thumbs up to taking along canned or boxed 100-percent juice. Or better yet, stick to good old bottled water.

Remember, in hot weather - above 90 degrees- food should not sit out for more than an hour.

Otherwise, perishable food can be out of the refrigerator for up to two hours. after that, the u-s-d-a says throw it out.