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
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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