Friday, January 30, 2015

Eating Out Healthy While Traveling

Here we are -- Friday. Usually when the weekend is upon us as it is today, we may think "trip", let's go somewhere! It may not always happen, but when weekends come -- especially long weekends -- we think trips or getaways, don't we? I know I do. Eating healthy while traveling doesn't have to be awful.

But so many times the one thing we forget are the foods we eat. Many times, because we aren't following a routine schedule and we see trips more for pleasure, we throw caution to the wind and say "what the heck" let's eat what we want! But here are some good tips to add to your "things to do" when you travel. Why not thoroughly enjoy the trip and getting to your destination and still feel good about yourself because -- well, you ate pretty well!

Tips for eating better on the road:
  • If your hotel room has a refrigerator, buy some yogurt or other healthy snacks to keep on hand. I usually travel with protein powder and for breakfast I mix it into yogurt that I’ve either purchased or have found at the hotel restaurant. 
  • Research healthy restaurants before you arrive. Look at menus and choose a restaurant based on where you can get the healthiest meal. I often use Happy Cow to search for vegetarian restaurants at my destination. 
  • Before ordering, remember to ask yourself how you’re going to feel 20 or 30 minutes after eating. Food is supposed to GIVE you energy, not take it away. If you think you’re going to crash, order something else. 
  • Order a couple of appetizers as your main meal rather than an entree. This will give you a chance to sample a couple of things and not have a lot of leftovers. 
  • Rather than relying on (very) unhealthy airport or plane food, bring a bag of almonds. These are loaded with calories so ration these out and eat only about 1/4 cup at a time (170 calories).
  • Apples also travel well. Pick up the travel size packets of Justin’s Almond Butter and enjoy your apple with that".

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