Vacationing Without Blowing It

Healthy Tips for Smarter Travels

Traveling and vacationing can prove to make healthy eating a real challenge.  If you don’t have a place to prepare your own food on the road, such as a beach house or cabin rental, you can easily find yourself at the whim of convenience stores and fast food restaurants. Traveling to a tropical island can offer a whole new array of food, research ahead of time which exotic cuisine is the healthiest so you can vacation without worry of hurting your waistline. The same holds true for vacationing to the wilderness, vacationing at a resort in the middle of nowhere can leave you with little choices of what you consume. Always plan ahead to make sure you can make healthy choices no matter where you are.

Here are a few tips to get you on the “road” to health and a happy vacation:

?????Planning Ahead

With the power of the internet, such planning has never been easier.  Find out how close you will be staying to farmer’s markets and grocery stores that carry fresh produce so you can load up as soon as you arrive.  Do your research to find the healthiest restaurants along the way, especially local restaurants that use local products.  Restaurants that take pride in using local products provide healthy options and prepare their meals in healthier ways.

Buffet-Table1Choosing Wisely

Fill up on healthy foods at the breakfast or lunch buffet, especially if you are staying at a resort or hotel.  Almost all of them have healthier options alongside the bacon, sausage, French toast and doughnuts. Enjoy some eggs if you like, and load up on fresh fruits, salads, vegetables, and whole grains such as oatmeal. Focus on the “crowding out” theory – eat plenty of the good stuff, so you won’t have as much room for bad stuff.

Make-Your-Own-Trail-MixPacking Snacks

Take your own snacks for a road trip or plane ride to keep you from stopping for unhealthy snacks at convenience stores or vending machines. Trail mix, homemade granola, chopped raw vegetables, hummus, apples, and dried fruits are all good options. Simple trail mixes that contain almonds, dried cherries, cashews, coconut, and raisins (or any of your favorite nuts) can be put together in minutes.

group of people eatingSitting Down

If you have a choice, choose sit down restaurants instead of fast food. Fast food is always bad food, and in sit down restaurants, at least you have more options and can make more requests about how you want your food to be prepared.Avoid deep fried foods, entrees with cream sauces, and big desserts. If you’re visiting a place you’ve never been before, try to find the healthiest foods that make the area famous – such as fresh fish.

icecream-sundaeStaying Happy

If you’re on vacation, there will be times you’ll want to do something less than completely healthy. Just be careful about what you choose and make sure that if you’re taking in extra calories, sugar, or fat, the dish is worth the sacrifice! Overall, you want to enjoy your vacation and denying yourself little indulgences might damper your mood. Enjoy wisely and have fun during your time in paradise.

By Jennifer Nyx

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