Do you spend a lot of time traveling? For work or for fun? Whenever I travel I’m seeking out tasty and delicious foods I can’t get at home. Trying to eat foods you enjoy but also are healthier for you isn’t easy. But before you think you can’t do both continue reading. As a registered dietitian, I can suggest some tips on how to eat healthier while traveling:
Tips on How to Eat Healthier While Traveling
- Plan ahead: Research the food options available at your destination and plan your meals accordingly. This can help you make healthier choices.
- Pack snacks: Bring along nutritious snacks like whole or dried fruit, unsalted nuts, roasted chickpeas, nut butter, or no added sugar protein bars to keep you satisfied in between meals. This can also save you money and prevent you from eating fast food.
- Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water and avoid sugary drinks like soda, lemonade, or energy drinks. Dehydration can cause fatigue, and headaches, and even affect your mood.
- Choose wisely: When dining out, choose items that are grilled, steamed, broiled, or baked instead of fried. Avoid creamy sauces. You can also ask for dressings or sauces on the side to control the amount you consume.
- Find a local grocery store: Stock the mini-fridge with yogurt, hummus, pre-cut vegetables, and mozzarella cheese sticks.
- Watch portion sizes: Restaurants often serve large portions, so try sharing a dish, ordering an appetizer, or taking half of your meal to go.
- Don’t skip meals: Skipping meals can lead to overeating later on. Even if you’re on the go, try to eat at regular intervals to keep your energy levels stable.
- Practice moderation: You don’t have to deprive yourself of treats or indulge excessively. Enjoy your favorite foods in moderation and balance them with healthier options.
Remember, it’s important to enjoy your travel experience and not stress too much about your diet. Following these tips can help you maintain a positive outlook on food while on the go.