With your busy lifestyle, chances are that you only get certain times to vacation. While you're away from home, you want to make the most of every second you spend away from the your 9-5 responsibilities, and have a great time!
However, you don’t want to lose track of all the hard work you’ve put in dieting and exercising throughout the past years, months, weeks. It's a lifestyle change that takes a lot to break away from.
But you still want to have fun- what to do?
You can have the best of both worlds, regardless of whether you’re traveling by land, air or sea.
Before you hit the road, hit your local grocery store! Chances are, what you buy there will cost less and be healthier for you than what you’d pick up at a gas station.
Here’s what bulk bin goodies to stock up on:
• Trail Mix- Stores like Whole Foods and The Fresh Market usually have bulk bins where you can mix and match to create your own flavors. Savvy students should choose raw nuts (almonds and cashews taste great raw), which have less fat grams and more protein in comparison to their roasted counterparts.
• Dried fruit- try to purchase all-natural or low-sugar selections, otherwise dried fruits can be fairly comparable to candies.
• Bars- I don’t necessarily mean your run-of-the-mill granola bars, as delicious as those can taste. Stock up on whole-food bars like LARABARS, which are made with only fruits, nuts and spices. They have a range of new flavors, one of which includes Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough! Clif bars are whole, all-natural and made with organic ingredients- not to mention, they taste great! The White Chocolate Macadamia Nut flavor will fool you into thinking you’re eating a cookie.
• If you’re a co-ed traveling with a cooler, fresh fruits and veggies are a no-brainer choice! Dipping them in a cool hummus, like Sabra’s roasted garlic flavor, will only up their taste factor.
Hopefully these snacks will keep you from munching too many Swedish Fish and Peanut Butter M&Ms during your drive.
Airplanes and Airports
Ever wonder why each snack in the airport seems twice its normal size?
Buy the same snacks you would when road-tripping before you even get to the airport! You may have some of the same options, but they will be few and far between.
Your chances of finding low-sugar snacks or raw nuts in most airport gift shops are about as easy as finding a needle in a hay stack! Snacks will be more expensive in airports, too- be savvy and stock up early!
Once you get on the plane, you’ll have fewer options for what you eat. Most planes still serve in-flight snacks, so you’ll most likely nosh on peanuts or pretzels.
If you’re on an overnight flight, the meal you’re served might not match your diet preferences. Here’s what to do if you’re extra-picky about your airplane eats:
• Call ahead! If you’re on a long-distance flight, you might as well have a happy stomach. Flights will work with you to provide low-sodium, low-fat and gluten-free meals.
• If they don’t give you much of a choice, at the very least they can provide you with a vegetarian meal. Chances are, this will usually be pasta/lasagna, so be sure to monitor portion sizes.
• Drink water! Most meals have a lot of salt (or require more to taste good!) The last thing you want to be on or after a flight is dehydrated- be sure to grab a cup or two while the flight attendants make their way around the aisles.
• Above all, stop eating when you’re full- you don’t want to have so much in your stomach that you’re uncomfortable for the duration of the flight.
When you discuss cruises withme, the first word I think of is buffet. I know I can't be alone in this!
Even though I’ve only been on two cruises in my life, I’ve had my fair share of midnight buffets, custom-made omelets and all-you-can-eat soft-serve ice cream. There’s a reason cruises don’t usually last longer than a week!
Buffets are all about balance and smart choices.
• Start your day with a vegetable-loaded omelet instead of one oozing cheese and extra bacon. Have a side of fresh fruit that is probably local to the area you’re traveling to rather than a sweetbread.
• Have a light lunch! Chances are you’ll be snacking or enjoying frozen drinks throughout the day, so keep it simple.
• Enjoy indulging in one fantastic dessert, but balance out the beginning of the meal with lean proteins and vegetables.
Above all, enjoy your time away from responsibilities (or at least the day to day) and appreciate your health!