Serves: 5



At the grocery store

- Pick up the precut, prewashed, ready-to-eat produce. It ma cost more, but "time is money."

- Buy sliced deli meats, such a turkey and lean ham or roast beef. Select whole-grain buns or
bread to make sandwiches.

- Try the deli's fresh vegetables salads that are mixed with vinegar, not mayonnaise.

- Look for carryout items or quick meal solutions that use lean meats or fish.

- Select frozen or boxed dinner mixes, leaving out meat as an ingredient and tossing in extra veggies.

- Pick whole-grain side dishes, such as brown rice or whole wheat pasta.

At the fast-food restaurant

- Bigger is not better stick with regular-size portions.

- Hold the add-ons, such as sauces and cheese. Get clever with toppings. If you choose a baked
potato, fill it with salsa, not sour cream, or tap into the salad bar's veggies for a different twist.

- Steer clear of fried foods and breaded or multilayered sandwiches--simplicity usually saves fat.

Thinking of takeout?

- If you choose Chinese, bypass the "batter-coated" and "crispy" (a.k.a. deep-fried) items on the
menu, and stick with stir-fried vegetables and a side of steamed rice.

- Picking up a pizza? Opt for the thin-crust variety, pile on the veggies and go light on the cheese.

- Conquering the mealtime madness with Mexican? Pass up the overstuffed burrito with beef and
refried beans, and forget the fat-laden toppings such as cheese, sour cream and guacamole.
Tempt your taste buds instead with a grilled chicken, bean or vegetable burrito with an extra side
of salsa.

On the road or in the air.

- Stash portable fruit, such as an apple or orange, in your car or briefcase.

- Put nonperishable foods, such as whole-grain cereal or crackers, dried fruits or low-fat cookies
such as fig bars and vanilla wafers, in your glove compartment.

- When traveling by plane, request a low-fat or vegatarian meal, or carry your own healthy snacks.
Drink plenty of water to stay fresh, energetic and headache free. As a general rule, drink one cup
of water for every hour in the air.

From "Betty Crocker's Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Cooking Today." Text Copyright 2005 General Mills, Inc. Used with permission of the publisher, Wiley Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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