Stuck at the airport with an unexpected delay or long layover? Sounds like a dieter's worst nightmare. But don't despair if you didn't plan ahead with a purse full of figure-friendly snacks.
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If you're calorie counting, your first inclination is probably to head for that lonely-looking iceberg salad with chicken, or maybe a fruit cup full of hard melon. Stop right there.
I always order a small cup of whichever soup looks best. I tell clients to go for the hot-and-sour soup because it's lowest in calories. But both egg drop and wonton soup are fine, too, since they're broth based.
In a perfect world, you'd order a salad with grilled chickenbut when you're tired and stressed, something more indulgent may be calling your name. Opt for a soft taco filled with chicken, beans, and a spoonful of guacamole. Pass on the sour cream and cheese and you'll save loads of calories.
The key here is to combine both carbs and protein. For some dieters, trail mix can be deadly. One little pack can contain up to five servings, weighing in at 700 calories per bag. Here's where you have to know yourself. If you're sure you can stick to a single serving, measure out your portion and stow the rest in the overhead bin. The combination of nuts, raisins, and chocolate will satisfy your sweet tooth and keep your stomach satisfied for hours.
A cup of joe can cost a fortune; to save a few bucks, I opt for a Grande Skim Misto with a squirt of sugar-free syrup. It's mainly just a cup of regular coffee and a splash of steamed milk, plus the syrup adds a big flavor boost for very few calories.