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Taking it with you

June 3, 2017

If a road trip is part of your vacation, packing nutritious foods is a great way to maintain your health. Try these tips for good eating on the road:

• Pack an ice-filled cooler with fresh vegetables and fruit for snacks, like cut broccoli florets, carrot sticks, and apple and orange slices.

• For beverages, bring canned or boxed 100-percent fruit juice, canned tomato juice and bottled water.

• Bring boxes of raisins and re-sealable pouches of dried fruit like apricots.

• Deli sandwiches, yogurt and low-fat cheese make a great lunch.

• Get out of the car every hour or two to take a short walk and stretch your legs.

Be sure to keep your backseat treats safe with these easy tips:

• Pack easy-to-transport, shelf-stable foods. Good choices include cereal, trail mix, popcorn, single-serve applesauce, cans of tuna, peanut butter sandwiches, fresh fruit, carrots or celery.

• Don’t let perishable food sit unrefrigerated for more than two hours, and make sure coolers remain at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Thermometers can be purchased for less than $5.

• In hot weather, place coolers and lunch bags in the back seat instead of the trunk. The environment tends to be cooler in the car, especially when the air conditioning is on.

• Make sure everyone in the family washes their hands with soap and water before and after eating. If you don’t have access to a restroom, pack moist towelettes or hand sanitizer.

By following these simple tips, our travels can be safe and healthy. Source: Eatright.org.

Julie Buck, EdD, MHE, RD, is a registered dietitian, food safety specialist and health educator employed at the University of Idaho Extension, Bannock County. She can be reached at (208)236-7310 or jhbuck@uidaho.edu.