The Diet Detective: Top 5 Items for Healthy Holiday Travel

Lunch on the Go Containers from Fit & Fresh

Here are a few things you might consider taking with you on your next trip. Whether you're traveling by plane, train, automobile or cruise ship, these innovative products could help keep you on track.

Salad Dressing Packets

Why: You think you're eating healthy by grabbing a salad on the road but, oh gosh, that dressing can be a real diet buster. Some dressings are more than 200 calories for just a couple of tablespoons (yes, even oil and vinegar). Often times you could be stuck with no healthful dressing options, which is exactly why you should carry your own. Just pack a few and put a few more in your pocketbook or briefcase and you're all set.

Bonus: Even if you choose a healthful dressing, you tend to use a bit too much. These packets are portion controlled, so it's easier to stick to your healthy eating program.

Where to Buy: Many supermarkets now carry salad dressing packets. You can also purchase Walden Farms 1-ounce packets from www.Amazon.com. They have Honey Dijon, Creamy Bacon, Ranch, Italian and Thousand Island. According to the company, they're calorie-free, fat-free, sugar-free, cholesterol-free and carbohydrate-free.

Another source is www.Minimus.biz. They have two prepackaged fat-free salad dressing kits with 13 different flavors. Minimus.biz also has Newman's Own Light Italian Dressing, Kraft Lite and Ken's Fat Free Honey Dijon Dressing.

Cost: Walden Farms: $4.39 for six 1-ounce packets. Packets on Minimus.biz start at about 19 cents apiece.

Prepackaged Snacks

Why: GoPicnic is an amazing company started by the same person who came up with the fabulous snack packs available on United Airlines. You can purchase these snacks, boxed and ready to grab and go, in bulk online--the best part is that they're reasonably low in calories.

Over all, the GoEnergy meal is the one that best fits with calorie bargain criteria. It contains a small hummus from Wild Garden (delicious, by the way), edamame, cranberries (wish they were unsweetened, but still only 45 calories), whole-grain crackers and an almond candy. GoEnergy is 380 calories, less than 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 23 grams of protein, 12 grams of dietary fiber and 45 grams of carbs; it also fits with kosher, vegetarian and halal guidelines.

Bonus:
Easy to grab, easy to keep track of calories and portions.

Where to Buy: Online at www.gopicnic.com

Cost: $3.99 per meal; two-meal minimum.

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