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‘Healthy Restaurant Roadtrip' Reveals Healthy-Eating Travel Adventures and Advice

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>Eatbetteramerica.com profiles healthy restaurants and recipes, offers new survival guide series</i> </p>

Thursday, March 29, 2012

‘Healthy Restaurant Roadtrip' Reveals Healthy-Eating Travel Adventures and Advice09:30 EDT Thursday, March 29, 2012 MINNEAPOLIS (Business Wire) -- Need to find a nutritious snack at the gas station? Pouring over the menu for a dinner dish that won't sabotage the diet? Four cities and nearly 1,400 miles later, the eatbetteramerica.com “Healthy Restaurant Roadtrip” reveals that it's easier than you might think to maintain a healthy eating lifestyle while out to dinner or out on the road. Eatbetteramerica.com's BetterMobile traveled to four Midwestern cities to discover some of America's nutritious restaurant offerings, gather healthy cooking advice from local restaurant chefs, and put its new road-trip survival guide to the test. (Photo: General Mills) Traveling the Midwest from March 16 – 25, 2012, eatbetteramerica.com drove the BetterMobile to four Midwestern cities to discover some of America's nutritious restaurant offerings, gather healthy cooking advice from local restaurant chefs, and put its new road trip survival guide to the test. Along the way, eatbetteramerica.com created a selection of “Healthy Restaurant Roadtrip” videos profiling the restaurants, recipes and snacking advice from the road. The new video series can be found at www.eatbetteramerica.com/roadtrip, along with photos and blog posts from the road. “We heard from our eatbetteramerica.com community and others about so many great restaurants with healthy menus and unique recipes, and decided to hit the road to find them,” said Alli Hearne, senior interactive marketing planner at General Mills, Inc., and member of the “Healthy Restaurant Roadtrip” team. “We created the ‘Healthy Restaurant Roadtrip' to share healthy-eating inspiration from the Midwest in a fresh way, available to anyone visiting our site.” After reviewing hundreds of suggestions from across the U.S., eatbetteramerica.com selected six restaurants in the region for their overall focus, healthy dining options and consumer popularity: Mill Valley Kitchen and Common Roots Cafe in Minneapolis; Karyn's on Green and Freshii in Chicago; St. Louis' Green Bean Salads; And Eden Alley Café in Kansas City, MO. As part of the road trip video series, www.eatbetteramerica.com/roadtrip offers new healthy-eating restaurant and road-trip survival guides, a list of the top 10 road trip snacks, best bets for the drive-thru meal, and tips for eating healthy at gas stations. A few examples include: Fuel yourself up. The gas tank is full. Now make sure to eat a healthy, filling meal before hitting the road. Use this as an opportunity to clean out your refrigerator and use the good food you've already purchased. Finesse the fast-food menu. If fast food is the only option, you can still meet your requirements for delicious and nutritious. Avoid anything with the words "super," "special," or "sizzle." And don't be afraid to ask for exactly what you want, such as a burger without the bun, or even a burger without the burger and just extra tomatoes, lettuce and pickles. Pack the bag or cooler with your favorite snacks. In addition to fruits and veggies, some nutritious travel snacks include string cheese, hard-boiled eggs and nut-butter sandwiches on whole grain bread. In addition, the site features a menu decoder that helps decipher common restaurant cooking terms, and “Road Warrior Yoga” shares simple stretches and poses that ease the tension and muscle stiffness from sitting in a car. Visit www.eatbetteramerica.com for more information on the road trip, thousands of healthy and healthified recipes, nutrition articles and tips and advice from experts. About eatbetteramerica.com Eatbetteramerica.com is a recipe-based health education website created by General Mills, Inc. to inspire better eating and living – the fun and encouraging way. Eatbetteramerica encourages its members that simple changes to their eating lifestyle can make a big impact, and that it's easier than everyone thinks. Eatbetteramerica provides healthified recipes, blogs and more to encourage and empower its users to make the switch to a healthier eating lifestyle. Visit www.eatbetteramerica.com to find out more. Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=50221816&lang=en General Mills, Inc.Peggy Snook, 763-764-8088BrandPR.media@genmills.com