A vacation is a time for fun and relaxation and is also a time you might be tempted to eat and drink way more than normal. I’m not a fan of deprivation while on vacation (or in general), but there are ways to enjoy yourself without going completely off track.
It just takes a little planning.
Make sure you stay hydrated during a long car or plane trip. You might be tempted to forgo water to avoid making stops for washroom breaks, or to keep from climbing over your seat mate on a plane, but it’s important to stay hydrated. Pack some in a cooler to have on hand when you hit the road or buy some water at the airport before boarding the plane.
On the road, you can also pack snacks to put in a cooler to keep any food that can spoil cool. You can also bring along snacks such as:
• unsalted mixed nuts and seeds such as almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pecans, sesame or pumpkin seeds
• fruits such as apples, pears, berries, grapes
• homemade popcorn
• raw veggies (broccoli, baby carrots, grape tomatoes, celery, bell peppers) with hummus or nut butter
• banana oatmeal nut cookies
The cookies are super easy to make and oh so delicious:
Banana Oatmeal Nut Cookies
3 ripe bananas
1 ¼ cups rolled oats
¼ cup chopped walnuts
¼ cup dried cranberries
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mash ripe bananas in a bowl with a fork. Add rolled oats and mix well. Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix. Spoon out mixture in small balls on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Press down on each ball to slightly flatten. Bake for 15-18 minutes.
Not only will you have healthy snacks to eat when hunger creeps up, but you can save money because drive-thru and gas station fare can really add up.
At the Hotel
When dining at your hotel restaurant, you can go healthier by opting for dressing on the side, grilled meat instead of fried, or marinara instead of creamy sauces. If you want an appetizer, it’s a good idea to share it with your travel companion.
If it’s a buffet, treat it as a regular restaurant. You don’t usually have two or three main courses at a regular restaurant, do you? So aim to go up once for your main meal. Making sure you get fiber from vegetables along with lean protein and healthy fats will help you feel satisfied with one trip.
When it’s time for dessert, if you want some, get two (or more) forks.
If you have a refrigerator in your hotel room, make sure it’s cold enough to keep your food from spoiling. You can put some healthy items from a local grocery store in there which could reduce the temptation to indulge in room service or the vending machine.
All You Can Eat and Drink?
If you’re going to an all-inclusive resort where all your food and drinks are paid for, you might feel like you want to get your money’s worth. It’s good to have a glass of water in between drinks to help keep you hydrated and to slow down your drinking. As I mentioned in a previous post, it’s good to stay away from the more sugary drinks.
You can have fun on your vacation without totally throwing healthy eating out the window by planning ahead and choosing your indulgences wisely.
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