Healthy ways to celebrate Labor Day

By Jade Cunningham |

Published 08/29 2014 05:19AM

Updated 08/29 2014 05:35AM

Labor Day, it's officially a time to celebrate the American worker.

Unofficially, it's the end of summer, and time for a get-away for many people.

Taking a road trip this long holiday weekend doesn't mean you have to toss your healthy eating plan out the window.

Instead of stopping at vending machines and convenience stores for lunch or a snack, try these tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

First, chop up vegetables to eat as finger-foods, things like carrots, cauliflower, brocolli and bell peppers.

Also, enjoy seasonal fruit in between meals, things like cherries, berries, and melons.

"The truth is that 2/3 of Americans don't actually get their fruits and vegetables everyday," says Registered Dietitian Marisa Moore. "So it's important to make sure that we try to find ways to do that, at every single meal and snack."

Make lunches ahead of time instead of stopping on the road, you can include deli sandwiches, yogurt and low-fat cheese.

For beverages, bring along canned or boxed 100% juice or just stick to good old bottled water.

Remember, in hot water, above 90 degrees, food should not sit out for more than an hour.

Otherwise perishable food can be out of the refrigerator for up to two hours.

After that, the USDA says throw it out.

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