Summer is here and if you're like many people, you may be hitting the road for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. And when you're out of your daily routine, it's also likely you can get out of your regular healthy habits. While vacation is a time to have fun, relax and try new things, it can still be easy to maintain your healthy eating habits! Here are some tips to keep your eating plan on track this summer.
- Take Healthy Snacks for the Road
Pack a cooler with healthy snacks for the road like fresh fruit, chopped veggies, yogurt and bottled water! This will help you avoid overeating high-calorie snacks and beverages like chips and soda from a convenience store along the way.
- Be Mindful of Your Splurges
It's ok to enjoy your favorite foods while on vacation, but choose your calorie splurges wisely. Avoid eating high-fat, high-calorie foods and beverages throughout the entire vacation. Rather, choose a few select events or restaurants to allow yourself to splurge a little.
- Water, Water, Water
Drinking high-calorie beverages like soda, juice and alcohol often lead to excess calorie consumption on vacation. Aim to drink at least 6-8 cups of water throughout the day to avoid consuming excess empty calories from your beverages.
- Eat Three Healthy Meals a Day
Vacationing may come with a schedule, but make sure you make time to eat a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Avoid skipping meals to save up your calories for another meal, which may leave you overeating later.
- Choose Fast Food with Caution
Eating while traveling often means picking up from the drive thru, but make sure you make a healthier choice. Choose a grilled option instead of fried, and aim for healthy sides like a side salad or fruit cup. And choose smaller portions since fast food is usually high in calories.
- Try Something New
New restaurants can give you the opportunity to try a new healthy food. Ask your concierge service or locals from the area about healthy restaurants nearby.
- Be Active
Don't forget your walking shoes for a morning walk on the beach or an afternoon hike! Take advantage of the new scenery on vacation to be active.
Start your healthy vacation off right! We've created a healthy shopping list for you to use in planning snacks and meals and provided healthy alternatives for some common snack foods. You can also try your hand at making this delicious and nutritious granola to keep on hand when you have a snack attack! Have a healthy summer vacation!