When you’re on the road, whether it’s just across town doing daily errands or across the state and beyond, making healthy food choices is still important. A little advance planning will help you eat smart no matter where you are. Try these tips to help you stay on track when you’re on the go:

Hit the Road on a Full Stomach

No matter how eager you are to get started, take time to eat a healthy meal or snack before you leave the house. You’ll have the energy you need to complete your errands and be less likely to give in to unhealthy food options along the road.

Pack an Emergency Stash

Keep healthy snacks on hand when you’re away from home. Trail mix, a protein bar or a piece of fruit are all compact and easy to carry with you. Having a healthy snack helps to control your hunger so you won’t be tempted by office goodies or convenience store candy.

Seek Out a Grocery Store

If traveling by car, find a nearby grocery store to put together a healthy meal or quick snack. Head to the produce section for some fresh fruit or a snack-size bag of carrots or celery sticks. Many stores also offer deli sandwiches on whole grain breads and freshly prepared salads or salad bars.

Choose Fast Foods Wisely

If you do find yourself at a fast food restaurant, there are still healthy options to be had. Go for a grilled chicken sandwich without mayonnaise or a salad with low-fat dressing. Choose salads that include lean protein for an entrée or have a side salad in place of fries. Opt for water or low-fat milk to round out your meal.

Use Portion Control

Foods sold at fast food restaurants or convenience stores often provide more than a single serving. Listen to your appetite rather than using what’s left in the bag as a guide for how much to eat. Keep plastic food bags in your desk or car to divide the portion and keep part of it fresh for another time.

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