02 Jul Three Tips For Eating Healthy On Vacation
School is out. Summertime is here. Vacation is here! Ah, the words everyone wants to hear because this means we get to take a break from reality. This week, we are hitting the road with our kiddos to visit the grandparents in Alabama! From Florida to Alabama is about an 8 hour drive, so you better believe me when I say that I’m going to be prepared!
That’s how you have to look at vacation, if you want to stay eating healthy. You don’t have to have kids – it could just be you. But being prepared is the key to going on vacation and not coming back home bloated and feeling horrible.
Make foods before you hit the road!
This is HUGE! No matter if you are driving or flying, preparing foods or getting snacks is essential to maintain healthy eating. I think we all know that driving and flying can be boring & we tend to eat, since that’s one of the only things we can do. But you can cut your risk of driving through a drive thru or picking up unhealthy airport food by creating your meals ahead of time. I love to grab some Larabars, Kind Bars, popcorn, nuts, and dried fruit ahead of time. Before you hit the road, feel free to prep and make your salads, slice up vegetables or fruit, make hard boiled eggs or even egg salad, or make some paleo banana nut bread and cut into slices. If you are driving, pack a cooler and fill it up with delicious treats! If you are flying, stick to non-liquid foods.
2. Go grocery shopping when you get to your destination!
Once you get to where you are going, try to find a Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, or any local farmer’s markets to get stocked up on making meals during your time away from home. Another great option before you travel is to choose a place that has a mini kitchen, so you don’t have to eat out every meal. While it may seem like a bigger expense in the beginning, it really because you won’t be eating out as much.
3. Scout out your options for food around where you are staying!
Before I book a hotel or place to stay, I always look at my surroundings to see what types of restaurants or grocery stores are around. When things are more accessible, it’s easier to eat healthier. I love to search what farm-to-table restaurants are nearby and if there is a good grocery store (like Whole Foods) because Whole Foods has a ready-to-eat buffet where you can grab pre-made food & eat it! Super easy on busy days!
Alright, go start planning your vacation! Don’t stress too much about what you can’t control. Focus on what you can control and just do your best.
Holistic Health Coach / Owner of Thrival Nutrition