White beans, chopped red onion and parsley tossed with a light vinaigrette seasoned with oregano. ("Food for Life: The Cancer Prevention Cookbook")

Squid, endive, lettuce and tomato with a mustard and herb dressing. ("Cuisine Naturelle")

* Chopped, cooked chicken or turkey with water chestnuts and sliced green onion, coated lightly with a curry buttermilk dressing and garnished with sliced papaya. ("Eat Light")

Cold rice with scallops, shrimp and snowpeas dressed lightly with a lemon-tarragon vinaigrette. ("Cooking Light '86")

Zucchini, red bell peppers, cauliflower, snow peas, carrots and red onion with slivered cooked beef and spinach fettucine, served cold with a basil-mustard dressing. ("Jane Brody's Good Food Book")

Onto the Skewer

Marinate 3/4 pound cubed pork tenderloin in 1/3 cup orange marmalade and 1 tablespoon vinegar. Thread on skewers with pieces of onion, red and green peppers and chunks of pineapple. Grill for about 20 minutes. ("The Setpoint Diet")

Thread sliced zucchini, onions, mushroom caps, red peppers and plum tomatoes on separate skewers. Brush with an herb marinade and grill, basting with marinade during cooking. Garnish with lime wedges. ("Fresh Ways with Vegetables")

Wrap sliced chicken around shrimp. ("The Four Seasons Spa Cuisine")

Mix 2 cups each of cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon balls with 1 tablespoon lime juice, 2 tablespoons dry white wine and 1 teaspoon poppy seeds. Marinate for at least 2 hours. Skewer (but don't grill) and garnish with mint sprigs. ("Eat Light")

When Traveling by Car

Don't take fattening snacks in the car. Instead, carry an assortment of sugar-free mints and gum plus an assortment of low-calorie drinks: club soda, vegetable juices, coffee, tea, ice water with a slice of lemon or lime.

Keep yourself busy with plenty to read, needlework or correspondence (a portable lap desk is handy).

Take exercise breaks. Stop periodically during the drive and do some stretching exercises or take a brisk walk.

Avoid roadside fast-food spots. The food is usually short on nutrition and long on calories, loaded with fat, salt and sugar. If you know there are no suitable restaurants along the way, take a light picnic.

From ("The Snowbird Diet")