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Consumer Watch Says Have Better Snacks On The Go
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Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
   
   
  Originally Published on: 11/5/2013

As Thanksgiving and the holidays approach, many Americans will spend more time, and grab more meals, in airports and malls. Calorie counts are increasingly appearing on fast food menus, but in most cases, finding healthy options is up to the consumer. Karin Caifa has some tips, in today's Consumer Watch. It's almost that busy time of year, when shopping and traveling lead to more meals on the go. Consumer Reports suggests a quick glance at nutrition information before heading out. "You know your mall. So if you see something that you may want to eat, check it out online," says Ellen Klosz of Consumer Reports. "They update their nutrition information all the time." Smartphone apps like "Lose It" or "My Fitness Pal," can also help quick decision with calorie counts from popular chains. Snacks can save time. but instead of multiple snacks during the day, consider a lunch break. "A lot of people feel they don't have the time so they just want to shop, and then they want to pick up something along the way," says Klosz. "And it's usually not a good choice. So it would be a good idea to eat a salad or actually sit down and eat a meal." Survey the menu fpr "lowfat," "light," or "lean" options, but for cam't-resist treats, go small, it's likely enough to satisfy a craving. Be mindful of toppings. Dipping sauces can add calories and sodium. Fruit on top of ice cream can add a healthier boost than candies. And rather than seeing the season as an obstacle to healthy habits, view the opportunities. Whem shopping, walk the length of the mall and back. At the airport, skip trains or moving walkways when time allows.
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