Vacation is a week that everyone in the family looks forward to all year long. The thought of sinking your toes into the warm sand, or feeling your stomach drop at the top of a roller coaster, is enough to make anyone want to pack up and leave for vacation this very minute. And while traveling is an exciting change in scenery and routine, that is not always a good thing, especially when it comes to nutrition. Eating healthy while on vacation is difficult. The hot spot local restaurants are calling your name, and who wants to cook on vacation? Check out these ways to eat healthy even while traveling.
Pack your own meal for the plane. Airline food is expensive and usually unhealthy. Take a few apples, protein bars or bags of nuts in your carry-on to stay healthy. The key to bringing your own food, no matter if you're on an airplane or in a car, is to keep it protein- and nutrient-dense and dry, so it doesn't leak in your bag. Try our favorite trail mix recipes!
Drink lots of water. Not only will drinking water help you avoid sugary sodas and juices, but it can also help ward off sickness! Traveling brings new surroundings, which means new germs your body isn't used to. Making sure you're hydrated will allow your body to successfully flush out any bacteria or viruses you encounter.
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Stock your hotel room with water and nutritious snacks. Wherever you're staying for the week, make sure to stock it full of bottled waters and healthy snacks like fruit, veggies, nuts and granola or protein bars. Having healthy options around will ensure that you don't splurge on a post-beach soda or ice cream cone.
Back off the booze. We know, we know. Vacation is a time for relaxing, and relaxing may or may not include a few daiquiris on the beach. We recommend limiting yourself to two alcoholic beverages. One, because most drinks are full of sugar and calories, but two, because drinking past the point of a buzz impairs your judgment, and those deep-fried Oreos on the menu may not seem so bad for you then.
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Plan ahead. Before you leave for your trip, make a meal plan for the week. Put together a grocery list for foods you can't take with you, and try to cook as many meals as you can during your stay. If you don't have access to a stove, it's important to remember to scan the menu of whatever restaurant you're dining at and look for the healthiest options.
Avoid fast food. Driving 10+ miles on the interstate can lead to irrational decisions, especially when it comes to fast food. As much as we would like to splurge on a McDonald's double cheeseburger, that's not doing any favors for our waistlines. Apps like AroundMe locate healthy restaurants around your location, which could be a godsend when all you're seeing is road signs for Taco Bell.
How do you stay healthy on vacation? Share your secrets with us in the comments below.