Whether it’s a private wine tasting in Tuscany or a beach BBQ in the Hamptons, most summer getaways involve food cheats. When vacation vibes have set in, it’s easy adopt an all-bets-are-off mindset, allowing your healthy eating habits to backslide during travel. Unfortunately, it also makes it easy to put on weight during vacation without even noticing. To help you avoid coming home from your next trip with extra baggage (and we don’t mean your suitcase), we’re sharing our top tips to keep you fit, full and feeling fabulous.
CONTROL YOUR MORNING MEAL
You don’t know what curveballs the day will throw your diet, so start your morning right by controlling the first meal you eat. Aim for a lean protein like smoked salmon or hard-boiled eggs, along with a vegetable like sliced tomato and a carb like steel-cut oatmeal or whole-wheat toast. Because lunches and dinners tend to be more indulgent, keeping breakfast sensible will ensure you get the nutrients you need at a reasonable calorie count. Plus, it’ll help take the edge off your hunger so you don’t make any poor eating decisions out of hunger later in the day.
VISIT THE LOCAL FARMERS MARKET
Farmers markets are a great way to eat well and avoid fast food while traveling. Not only is it interesting to try new flavors, but you also get to learn about the foods grown in different parts of the world. If you take time to chat with the farmers and merchants, they may even share local recipes and cooking tips.
If you’re wandering around all day and don’t pack snacks, you’ll likely be ravenous (read: hangry) by your next meal. So, remember the three P’s of snacking: plan, pack, protein. In other words, plan ahead, pack portable snacks, and be sure your pick has protein. You can also take the 3 P’s tip a step further and build every snack with a protein and a produce (like a piece of fruit with Greek yogurt). Protein keeps hunger pangs at bay, while fruit packs fiber and other key nutrients.
BYPASS THE BUFFET
It’s easy (and tempting) to pile a plate at the buffet with a bit of everything you see. But, if you’re not cautious, you could actually be packing in an entire day’s worth of calories! If a buffet is your only choice, stick with customizable dishes, like a made-to-order omelet loaded with fresh veggies, or a stir fry with veggies, lean protein and a portion of brown rice that you can control. If all else fails, treat yourself to room service. It’s better to pay for a healthy meal than get one you’ll regret for free.
What do you do to stay fit and healthy on vacation?