Eating healthy can feel like a challenge when you’re traveling and not preparing your meals, but there are ways to eat well while you’re away. I have the added complexity of my food allergies (seafood, gluten and dairy), but I still manage! I ate well in seafood havens like Sicily, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island, and all over Italy!
Here are three ways you can do it.
I research ahead of time to see what the healthiest options are where I am going. First, I check to see if the place I am staying in has a kitchen or a fridge.
When I get to any location, I try to structure my day to make breakfast, pack lunch, and go out for dinner so I can explore the local food scene while getting in solid nutrition throughout the day too.
The more pre-planning I do, the healthier I find I can eat while I’m away.
Take food with you
If you have the ability to make some of your meals, you can control your choices to help you stay on track while on vacation. Even if you don’t have access to a fridge or a kitchen, you can still find some healthy packaged options like protein or energy bars. They won’t spoil.
Buying snacks and drinks can add up fast while you’re out. Instead, go to a local store and pick up some snacks that you can carry with you like protein or energy bars, or dried fruit. These won’t go bad so you can stock up.
If you do have a kitchen, make sandwiches or salads with protein that you can eat while you’re out. You can have them while you are sightseeing, on the beach or for a picnic in the park.
Bring and fill up a reusable water bottle to make sure you stay hydrated throughout the day.
If you’re driving to, and around your destination, pack a cooler and a portable grill.
High-carb, sugary, and low-calorie meals will leave you feeling hungry in no time. Choose meals that are balanced and filling with a combination of protein, carbs and fruits, and vegetables. It will keep you full longer.
When dining out, skip the appetizers if it looks like the food is higher in calories and fat. They are usually just wasted calories. You can also share dishes so that you’re getting less of the unhealthy stuff and add a healthy salad to your meal.
When possible stick to salads, with dressing on the side and lean protein.
If you have leftovers, take them with you to eat later!
These are a few of my tips for eating healthier while on vacation. What are some of yours?