You're headed out of town and plan to indulge but you don't want your vacation to take you back months of hard work. It's all too easy to fall back into bad habits that can last a lot longer than your vacation time.
When we're on vacation,
we tend to over-indulge. We eat foods that aren't part of our normal routine and tend to over-do convenience foods such as protein bars, granola bars, chips & gas-station/airport splurges.
To avoid going overboard, think ahead and plan some healthy snacks. Here are a few of our favorites:
Don't turn up your nose yet. These gems are a perfect replacement for in-the-car or on-the-plane pretzels/nuts/chips. They have a crunch and are full of flavor. Plus they give you the added bonus of not-so-many calories & carbs. You can order them from Amazon or grab some next time you're at the Grocery Store or Costco. Even our kids love Seaweed chips!
Seaweed not your thing? Whip up a batch of seaweed chips. You can try my version here. You can also find these at most grocery stores, though they pack a hefty price tag. They are very economical and easy to make at home. Experiment with different flavors and recipes until you find something you love.
Fresh Fruit & Veggies
Keep it simple! Cut up some fresh fruit and veggies and pack them in individual containers and/or baggies.
- Celery sticks (With individual nut butters)
- Carrot sticks
- Oranges (peeled & seperated)
Plan Your Meals
We all know that failing to plan means planning to fail. So why not put a plan to work for your vacation?
Grab a notebook and write out a quick meal plan for travel. If you're anything like our family--we tend to snack more on vacation. So plan those in with some of the snack tips I've shared.
Book a Room with A Kitchen
If at all feasible, book a room with a kitchen or at least a mini-fridge. This not only allows you more flexibility in your eating choices but also tends to save you money. Water at a hotel can cost upwards of $4 per bottle. The room may cost a little more but you'll likely end up saving money over the long haul.
The Grocery Store
If you don't have enough car space or are traveling by plane--Plan the local grocery store one of your first stops.
Grab that meal plan list and get the items you need for your week. Don't forget water and adult beverages.
Purchasing these at the grocery store will save you dollars throughout your vacation. However, try not to over-purchase. You can always swing back to the grocery store a second time. It's never fun to have to throw away uneaten food.
I hope these tips help you have a fantastic vacation. Share your successes with us in the comments below!