How to Eat Healthy on Vacation

Posted Jun 19, 2013 | Posted in Fitness & Nutrition

Summer has begun and you’re busy making travel plans. You’ve been working hard all spring to get in shape, and now you’re worried you may undo all that hard work with a vacation full of frozen margaritas, fried seafood, and delicious desserts.

Don’t worry – eating healthy while on vacation is easier than you think! Just follow these tips and you’ll be able to enjoy yourself without going completely overboard.

Eat Healthy on Vacation

Stock Up On Snacks

Bring fruits, vegetables, nuts, popcorn or other healthy snack items for the plane ride, car trip, and other times throughout your vacation. This will help you avoid having to buy something every time you’re hungry, and these are much healthier options than the candy or chips you’ll find in a convenience store.

Eat Half, Save Half

A good way to indulge in a delicious meal without overdoing it is to only eat half of your entrée and take the other half home for your lunch the next day.  With the portion sizes that many restaurants serve these days, half an entrée is usually more than enough for a meal, especially with any sides, bread, and dessert that might come with it.

Order Appetizers

Ordering appetizers to split instead of an entrée is a great way to limit portion sizes. If you’re with a group of four, order six appetizers and split them all. This should be more than enough food to constitute a meal, plus you all get to sample a variety of items!

Snack First

Keep healthy snacks on hand to eat before going out for a meal. If you have some apple slices or carrot sticks to curb your hunger, you’ll be less likely to splurge on extra courses that you don’t really need.

Stick With Red Wine

Many of us like to indulge in an adult beverage every now and then, especially on vacation.  Instead of ordering an oversized piña colada at the pool every day, stick with red wine at dinner. It has fewer calories and less sugar. Of course, avoiding alcoholic beverages altogether would be even better!

Limit Dining Out

This can be difficult depending on the vacation you take, but try to limit dining out to one meal per day. At the beginning of your vacation, buy some cereal, milk, bread and sandwich fixings to keep in your hotel room. Eat breakfast before leaving for the day, and pack a healthy sandwich for lunch if you will be out all day. Not only will this help balance out the effects of indulging at dinner, but it will save you time and money as well.

Stay Hydrated

It’s easy to get dehydrated on vacation, especially in warmer climates. Make sure you bring plenty of water if you’ll be out all day, and drink extra if you’re spending a long time in the sun or walking a lot.  Coconut water is also a great source of hydration – it can help you refuel on electrolytes and is much healthier than sports drinks.

If you follow these steps you’ll be able to eat healthy on vacation and still enjoy delicious food!

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