If you’re traveling by car, Ms. Bauer suggested taking a small cooler along filled with mess-free foods like hard-boiled eggs, string cheese and nut butter, or turkey sandwiches.
FAST FOOD CAN BE HEALTHY Fast-food restaurants abound at airports and at highway rest stops, and Ms. Bauer said that they’re not off-limits so long as you they order the right foods. Choose a grilled chicken sandwich with lettuce and tomato (hold the mayo) and a side salad. If you enjoy hamburgers, order a single patty, and top it with extra lettuce and tomatoes. Can’t resist French fries? Order the smallest size, and eat half.
Ms. Bauer also said that several fast-food r chains offer fruit-topped oatmeal and yogurt parfaits that make for satisfying and tasty snacks.
WHEN IN ROME, SPLURGE STRATEGICALLY Trying the local cuisine, Ms. Bauer said, is a pleasurable part of any vacation. “You can and should let yourself enjoy one ‘cheat’ food each day, but be selective and pick something that is unique to that destination,” she said. That could mean veal Milanese in Milan, a lobster roll in Maine, a chocolate croissant in France and pad thai in Thailand. Stick to a reasonable portion of whatever you choose, and savor every bite.
WATCH THOSE SIPS Drinks don’t fill you up, and many are packed with sugar and calories. Ms. Bauer said that it’s best to skip sweetened iced teas and lemonades throughout the day — seltzer flavored with fruit is an appealing alternative. When it comes to alcohol, many cocktails, including margaritas, can easily top 500 calories. Drink wine or a light beer instead. Or try a lower-sugar mixed drink such as vodka with club soda and a splash of fruit juice or a gin and tonic.