Here’s how to eat healthy on the go

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Plan­ning to drive to your favourite get­away spot to en­joy the mon­soon? We sug­gest you give the cus­tom visit to the en route dhabas a miss this time, and make use of all the travel trivia we have got for you on eat­ing healthy dur­ing road trips.

CARRY A FOOD COOLER

On those long va­ca­tion car trips, in­stalling a food cooler in the car is the first step to­wards kick­ing the drive-through habit. This per­mits you and your fam­ily to en­joy fa­mil­iar favourites from your very own kitchen.

BAL­ANCE IT OUT

Apart from fresh fruits and nuts, make sure you carry whole grains, a rich source of pro­tein, and veg­gies, that con­sist of fi­bre and vi­ta­mins. Com­pact and pro­tein­rich, hard-boiled eggs not only make for a sat­is­fy­ing snack, they can be sliced and served with veg­eta­bles such as let­tuce and tomato for a salad. For a non-veg­e­tar­ian pro­tein source, in­clude lean meats such as chicken and tur­key that can be added to sal­ads or sand­wiches. Pre-pack­aged smoked salmon is also a great pro­tein source and con­tains omega-3 es­sen­tial fatty acids, which pro­vide nu­mer­ous health ben­e­fits.

PICK THE RIGHT LEAF

Try to avoid ice­berg let­tuce, as its nu­tri­tional value is sparse, and aim for kale in­stead, which is high in beta carotene, Vi­ta­min K and Vi­ta­min C, and also rich in cal­cium.

SLEEP-PROOF YOUR TRAVEL

Make it a point to carry cof­fee or tea, lest the driver be­come sleepy, but avoid sug­ary drink ad­di­tives — cer­tainly for those trav­el­ing with chil­dren — to avoid the energy roller coaster.

NIFTY ADD-ONS

Opt for fruits as your fam­ily’s main source of sugar, par­tic­u­larly those with a peel that re­quire no re­frig­er­a­tion and won’t take up space in your cooler. You can pick bananas for potas­sium and or­anges for vi­ta­min C. Oil, vine­gar and a spice pack to pep up a salad are also a must, but choose ei­ther ex­tra vir­gin olive oil or canola oil, as both con­tain min­i­mal amounts of sat­u­rated fat. Also, don’t for­get to pack whole-grain bread and nuts, as they make for a fill­ing snack.

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