Healthy Eating Choices on Vacation

Let’s face it, eating is one of the best parts of your get-a-way.

When you are on vacation, there are restaurants to visit and recipes to try, burgers to grill and desserts to sample.  You can still make healthy eating choices for you and your family even when you are vacationing.

Eating in:

  • Plan ahead, make a menu and grocery shop with the menu in mind.  Just like at home, you won’t be as tempted to buy junk.
  • You don’t need dessert every night.  Save it for a special occasion, like the night you reach your destination, or if a holiday falls while you’re away.
  • Dive into some locally grown produce.  Where we go, there are lots of roadside produce stands and farmer’s markets.  You may get to try something you have never tried and it’s a great way to meet the locals.
  • Pay attention to how your cook your food.  Broil rather than fry, steam your veggies instead of adding cheese and cream sauces.

Eating out:

  • Make your reservation for earlier or later than the crowd.  If you need to sit and wait a long time, you will be really hungry and overeat.  You can also take some healthy snacks along to enjoy while you wait.
  • Don’t drink your calories.  Order water.  If alcohol is a must stay away from the sugary drinks.
  • Think about the adjectives that describe the menu items.  Look for “grilled”, “broiled”, “steamed”,” “boiled”, “fresh”.  Avoid “battered”, “fried”, “smothered”, “melted” and the like.
  • Order a salad with fresh ingredients and a lighter dressing such as balsamic vinaigrette.  This will up your veggie consumption and help you eat less of the high calorie stuff.
  • Ask if you can order a lunch portion, or ask for a box when you start eating and put half of your meal in it while you eat the other half.  Now you just took care of lunch for tomorrow!

Enjoy your vacation and pack up the guilt by making healthy eating choices.