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Stay-Trim Tricks of the Trade: What Diet & Fitness Experts Eat

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Secrets of a Diet-Savvy Dad

When it comes to nutrition, Father knows best. Meet David L. Katz, MD, director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center in Derby, Connecticut. He has five kids, ages 21, 20, 15, 14, and 10.

In Dr. Katz's Cooler

Dr. Katz always packs a cooler full of healthy snacks before a road trip. "It's part of my routine. I control our food choices by making them in advance," he says. Take a peek inside the family cooler:

Fresh fruit Bring types that are easy to eat and not too sticky, Dr. Katz says. His gang loves bananas, grapes, apples, and pears.

Veggie pockets Lunch is whole wheat pitas stuffed with produce such as bell peppers, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, and lettuce, along with two tablespoons of hummus and a quarter of an avocado.

Baby carrots and hummus Carrots are the perfect potato chip alternative when Dr. Katz craves a crunchy snack. His kids love to dip them.

Road-Trip Rules

If you run out of snacks in your cooler or just get tired of them, here's how to make other smart choices:

Upgrade the classics. You can still enjoy on-the-road favorites like chips. The Katz clan favors minimally processed Guiltless Gourmet Blue Corn Tortilla Chips.

Explore your options. "Whether you're at a roadside restaurant, a drive-through, or a convenience store, there's almost always a healthy choice," Dr. Katz points out. Look for grilled chicken, a salad, or a vegetable sandwich on whole-grain bread.

Kick the cooler. If packing a cooler involves too much prep, stick with nonperishables, such as dried fruit, nuts, and cereals. Dr. Katz chooses high-nutrient but low-cal options, like Barbara's Shredded Oats and Nature's Path Organic 8 Grain Synergy Flakes.

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