Aside from the ripe fruit, outdoor swimming, and walks to the ice cream shop, one our favorite things about summer is family vacation. But, with vacation comes disruption in our daily routine, making it more difficult to stick to our already-hard-to-stick-to healthy habits. Check out our five simple tips for staying healthy on your summer vacation.
BYO Healthy Snacks
Whether you’re heading to the airport, or buckling up for a road trip, when we’re traveling and hunger strikes, we’re often forced to grab the most convenient option possible. Unfortunately, convenient rarely means healthy. Make sure that your travel bag is stocked with healthy snacks so you don’t find yourself eyeing the chips and candy bars at the gas station. Here are some ideas:
- Single serving of nuts or trail mix
- Portable fresh fruit such as a banana, orange, apple
- Turkey and cheddar cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and mustard.
- Baby carrots with hummus
Start strong at breakfast
Eating breakfast out every day can often limit your morning fuel to fried egg sandwiches and pancakes. Try packing some morning staples with you and stopping by the grocery store when you get to your destination. Starting your day off strong can prevent overindulging later in the day. Here are 4 suggestions:
- KIND Bar + Evolution Essential Greens Juice (both can be found at Starbucks and Whole Foods Market)
- Plain Greek yogurt with honey, granola, and fruit
- Almond or peanut butter and a banana
- Plain instant oatmeal with fruit and nuts
Walk it Out
The number one excuse for lack of exercise is lack of time, so use your free time to your advantage on your vacation. Use those feet to explore a new city or town, walk on the beach, or even walk to the ice cream store. And you don’t have to do it all at once! Here are some tips to squeeze in some steps:
- Get a pedometer or FitBit and use it to set daily 'step' goals
- Walk to and from meals or outings
- Take a morning stroll to soak up your destination before the rest of the world wakes up
- Plan a scenic hike or walk in a local park
Plan your meals
This doesn't mean you have to plan every last second of your trip, but it is good to have an idea of when and where you will be dining. This way you can do a menu-check ahead of time, and balance out your heavier meals with lighter ones. Here are some tips for making healthy choices at every meal:
- If possible, check menus online ahead of time, and make your decision before you get too hungry
- Dehydration can be mistaken for hunger, make sure you are well hydrated (the best indicator is if your urine is clear)
- Start with a salad, or veggie-based appetizer to prevent over-indulging
- Don’t be afraid to speak up! Ask to swap out your french fries for a fresh salad, or order your burger on whole grain bread. Most restaurants will accommodate to your needs.
- Bond over shared entrees and desserts
Summer vacation isn’t complete without a fruity drink topped with an umbrella, but make sure to stay hydrated with water by sipping consistently throughout the day. Make sure to read our previous posts about how to get enough water, and hydrating foods (that you can pack as snacks). We recommend always having a reusable water bottle on hand that can be filled up whenever possible.
How will you stay healthy when you go on vacation this summer? Let us know in the comments below!