HEALTHY EATING: VACATION EDITION!

Written by Sharon Charles BSc Nutrition (Candidate)

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

Summer is my favorite time of the year. The warm weather, sunny blue skies and delicious barbecue eats are something I can never get enough of! Summer also means more road trips and vacations. As an avid traveller myself, I know how eating healthy during vacation can be a bit of a challenge.


Whether you’ve already gone on vacation or have one coming up (lucky you!), I have compiled my top 5 tips on how to eat healthy during vacation. Lets *splash* right into it!

TIPS FOR EATING HEALTHY DURING VACATION

  1. Snacks

On any trip I have coming up, I like to plan a few snacks to bring with me. With long flights and waiting times, having a healthy go-to snack option means you can have something nutritious and feel good while traveling. Some of my favorite snacks include:

  • bags of nuts
  • granola
  • dried fruit
  • snack bars

I prefer to bring dried goods since you can toss them into your bag before an excursion or into your suitcase and have one less thing to worry about.

2. Coconut water

The one thing I enjoy the most when going on vacation to any tropical location is coconut water! If you haven’t tried it already, you MUST give coconut water a try! Although I find that the coconut water found in grocery stores tastes good, the taste of fresh coconut water plucked straight from the tree goes unmatched. Coconut water is excellent source of electrolytes and a great way to stay hydrated in the heat. Vendors often sell coconuts near beaches or it can be found in nearby grocery stores. The safest way is to simply ask the reception desk for their recommendations. Just thinking of coconut water is making me drool

3. Have a filling breakfast!

During my trip to the Dominican Republic, the resort I stayed in provided us a delicious breakfast buffet every day. By eating a filling nutritious breakfast, you can spend more of the day doing activities you enjoy without having to go hungry in between meal hours. At breakfast, remember to choose foods that are a good source of protein to keep you fuller for longer.

4. Eat colorful!

Tropical destinations mean the most delicious fresh fruits and vegetables you will ever find. During my trip to Acapulco, Mexico I tried some fresh passion fruit and was pleasantly surprised. The banana I ate at home in Canada tasted different than the fresh taste of a banana grown locally. The easiest way to eat healthy ,in my opinion is to take advantage of the fresh produce and make your plate a colorful masterpiece during almost every meal (it also makes for a pretty picture!).

5. Relax!

The purpose of a vacation is to relax, find time to unwind and be in tune with the environment. Moderation is key to enjoying your vacation. Don’t stress about eating perfectly healthy all the time. Vacation is all about enjoying yourself!

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