With spring break just around the corner (and February, with its freezing temps, a popular month for impromptu vacations to warmer climes), we thought we’d share a few tips for eating healthfully while on vacation.
Carry Healthy Snacks and Eat Every 2-3 Hours
Nuts, fruit, protein bars, and whole wheat crackers with peanut butter are all portable snacks that will keep you full and give you energy throughout the day.
Drink Plenty of Fluids
Water is your best friend while on vacation. Skim milk is a good choice, too, but avoid sugary juices and soda. When drinking alcohol, set your limit at two; not only is alcohol full of calories and sugar, but studies show that after two drinks, you’re more likely to make unhealthy food choices.
Plan For Protein
Whether scanning the hotel continental breakfast or ordering from a dinner menu, think protein, protein, protein (and veggies!). Eggs are your best bet for breakfast, and for lunch and dinner, order meals with a meat paired with a vegetable or salad.
Scope Out The Area
In an unfamiliar locale, try using the app AroundME, which can help you locate restaurants and stores with healthy options, so you won’t have to stop at the nearest fast food joint.
Walk! (Or Swim, Or Hike)
Walk around the city’s historic district (or head to a museum!), jump in the ocean or hotel pool, or set off on a hike through the woods. If you stay active for the majority of your vacation, the indulgences you allow yourself shouldn’t make too much of a difference.
Follow the “One-And-Done” Rule
Of course, you are on vacation, and there’s nothing wrong with indulging a bit. But try to follow the “One-And-Done” Rule: allow yourself one high-calorie, low-nutrient food per day, and for the rest of the day make healthier choices.