Vacation is a great time, and we’ve already covered the health benefits of taking a little time off, but it can be hard to eat healthy when you’re away from home. If you’re staying at a resort, then it may be hard to get nutritious foods when all there is is a buffet. But there are ways to eat healthy when on vacation, a couple of which we’ll explore below.
At the Resort
All-inclusive resorts are great, but the one thing they often lack is nutritious foods. If you’re traveling to a different country, look up the types of foods that are traditionally served. Look for foods that are baked, grilled, or steamed rather than fried or deep fried. If they have a buffet, try to fill your plate with mostly vegetables, with small servings of meat and starches like pasta or rice. If your room has a mini fridge, pick up some healthy foods that you could use for quick, nutritious meals. Finally, go easy on the drinks, as the calories in alcoholic beverages can add up quickly. For every drink of alcohol, have one non-alcoholic (Eat Right Ontario, 2016).
On the Road
When you’re traveling somewhere by car, you can pack healthy lunches and snacks. Keep a snack bag or cooler handy with fresh fruit, vegetables, nut and seeds, sandwiches, and granola bars. Not only would you be eating healthy, you will save time and money. If you like to stop along the way and try the local food, find out what restaurants you’ll pass along your trip. Check out their menus before hand and try to choose the one that has the healthiest options (Eat Right Ontario, 2016).
At the Cottage
If you’re firing up the grill this summer, consider cooking salmon, chicken breasts, or pork kabobs. Fruit and veggies like red peppers, zucchini, eggplant, peaches and pineapples taste great grilled. Summer is also the time to load up on fresh, seasonal produce, like berries, peaches, plums, and corn. Finally, on a hot day by the lake, make your own popsicles with 100% fruit juice or try yoghurt instead of ice cream (Eat Right Ontario, 2016).
Going on vacation is a great time to enjoy a relaxing time with friends and family. Staying on track with healthy eating is easy when you plan ahead and choose wisely.
Eat Right Ontario. (2016). Healthy eating while on vacation. Retrieved from https://www.eatrightontario.ca/en/Articles/Holidays/Celebrations/Healthy-eating-while-on-vacation.aspx