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Hitting the road this fall? Pack healthy foods

by FOOD NETWORK KITCHENS on August 18, 2013 1:50 AM

Hitting the road to enjoy the fall scenery? Whether traveling by car or by plane, you can still make healthy choices.


By the time you turn the corner, everyone in the car is begging for food. The last thing you want to do is bring a never-ending supply of junk.

Instead, pack a few good-for-you mess-free meals and snacks. To keep things fresh, bring a cooler (the traditional kind or one that plugs into the car).


Whole-grain pasta salad or quinoa salad

Turkey-and-cheese sandwich on whole-wheat bread

Hard-boiled egg and cheese in a whole-wheat pita


Sliced fresh fruit like melon and berries

Snack bars

Greek yogurt

Cheese and whole-grain crackers

If you end up having to hit the quick mart anyway, look for the smarter choices:

Whole-grain pretzels

Hummus cups

Coffee or tea (nothing fancy)

Fresh or dried fruit

Small bowl of oatmeal


These days, most flights don’t provide food, so if you want to stay on track with your healthy eating goals, advanced planning is a must. If you’re counting on purchasing food at the airport or on board, you’ll pay a pretty penny, plus not all airports carry healthy fare.

Instead, pack a few sandwiches and snacks, such as:


Cucumber and whipped cream cheese on whole-wheat bread

Peanut butter and jelly on rye

Grilled chicken, lettuce, tomato and mustard in a whole-grain wrap

Hummus with sliced tomato, pepper and cucumber in a whole-wheat pita


String cheese

Hummus cups

Homemade trail mix

Nonfat Greek yogurt

Snack bars

Whole fruit (plums, peaches, banana)

Cut vegetables (carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers, celery)

As you can’t bring liquids (or ice!) into the airport terminal, place the food in a small insulated pouch and bring empty resealable plastic bags.

At the airport, fill the resealable plastic bags with ice to make your own ice pack.


Traveling always makes me hungry, and the last thing I want to do is check into my hotel and run to the vending machine.

Instead, I ask ahead if there is a supermarket nearby and if the room has a refrigerator and microwave oven.

At the supermarket, I pick up easy finger foods that require little or no prep, such as fruits, pre-cut veggies or baby carrots, dry roasted nuts, Greek yogurt, and whole-grain cereal and milk. If I know there’s a microwave, I will pre-make several brown bags with popcorn kernels to pop.

— Courtesy Toby Amidor of

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