For many, travel means either indulging in oversized restaurant meals or eating fast food for convenience, but if you normally eat a healthy diet, it’s surprisingly easy to keep it up on vacation. By making a few smart choices when you plan, you can feel satisfied and still enjoy the trip.
- Book your stay in a condo, house or hotel with a kitchen – Many hotels now offer either a full kitchen or microwave and refrigerator. Either way, you can keep some basics on hand for a quick breakfast or healthy snack to keep you going. It saves you money, too.
- Visit a grocery store or farmer’s market – It’s the perfect opportunity to stock up on healthy snacks or ingredients for a quick, easy meal. Farmer’s markets are also a great spot to eat and sample some of the local cuisine. You might even find a new favorite dish!
- Walk to lunch and dinner – If you’re someplace that’s pedestrian-friendly, this is a way to get a little exercise before and after your meal. If you’re having lunch, pick a place that is near an attraction you’re planning to visit and make a day of it.
- Take it with you – If you’re headed out for the day, pack an easy, healthy lunch. It takes the pressure off finding a place to eat and makes it easy to be flexible with your plans. Plus, you KNOW you’ll be eating something you like.
- Sample the local fare – If you’re traveling in the United States, it’s easy to find local places that have embraced the farm to table movement. Eating at these places are often a treat, and will give you the chance to eat like a local.
- Eat breakfast – This is a great way to keep your energy level up and hunger at bay. Eating breakfast before you head out for the day will keep you from feeling famished so you’re more selective with your choices for the rest of the day.
- Allow an indulgence – or two – Don’t beat yourself up for having something fabulously indulgent. If you think of your overall eating on the trip, not just focusing on one or two heavy meals or treats, is easier then trying to make each meal perfectly balanced.
- Snack – Keep healthy snacks handy for when your energy tanks or you’re feeling hungry between meals. Apples, low-sugar granola bars, and carrot sticks keep well and are easy to toss in a purse or backpack. Keep a water bottle handy for fill-ups, especially if it’s hot outside.
- Have dinner in – If you have a kitchen, use it to make a simple dinner at the end of a busy day sightseeing, or a day relaxing that you don’t want to end. Here are two healthy, easy dinners that require just a few simple ingredients and minimal effort
If you have a kitchen, use it to make a simple dinner at the end of a busy day sightseeing, or a day relaxing that you don’t want to end.
Here are two healthy, easy dinners that require just a few simple ingredients and minimal effort.
Most importantly, enjoy your trip! Taking a break from your routine and/or connecting with family and friends can be a great change of pace, but it’s easy to stick to your healthy eating habits by planning ahead.