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Eating Well While Traveling

Thinking about packing your dieter's delight when you're planning on traveling? Well, think again. You can eat better, spend less, and as a result, sleep better while on your trip.

Taking a vacation doesn’t mean blowing your diet. When you’re on a full-blown vacation mode or just on the road on a taking weekend trip. You don't have to live in fear of your diet slipping up, we made it simple for you to stay on track and nourish not just your body but also your mind!

Breakfast

Many hotels provide free continental breakfast. This is a breakfast buffet with a good selection of foods — exactly what you need and should be looking for!

Bread, waffles, and English muffins are commonly found next to a toaster on a breakfast buffet. Some jams, jellies, and syrups to spread or pour on your favorite toasted bread. A selection of cold cereals with milk or sometimes hot oatmeal, as well as some fruit as a side dish or to mix in with your cereal. Yogurt, orange juice, grapefruit juice, and tea or coffee are also options.

While sugar may give you a boost in the morning, it will not keep you going until lunch. You'll find yourself craving another breakfast or brunch. A balanced breakfast is your best bet for breakfast. Begin your day with a nutritious breakfast. This excludes high-sugar, high-fat donuts and pastries. These will not help you.

If you forego continental breakfast in favor of a restaurant meal, the same guidelines for a well-balanced breakfast apply. You'll be able to customize the dish with eggs, bacon, sausage, and table service.

After you've finished your breakfast, you'll have a 'full tank,' which will keep you going through your morning activities. As a result, rather than being distracted by an empty stomach, you will be able to focus on enjoying a full schedule.

Lunch

When you think about it, it makes sense to have your main meal of the day in the afternoon. Especially when you’re traveling. Doing this, packs in the calories for use as energy, during the course of the day. It is also a tip to save money because many restaurants have lunch specials. They typically are the same meals you would be able to buy later, at supper time — at a higher price.

Depending on where you’re traveling you may just want to experiment with local food. If you’re staying in a hotel, ask the desk clerk or concierge about their favorite restaurant. A genuine local flavor is a nice way to enhance your travel experience.

The rule about eating a balanced meal works for lunch as well as it does for every other meal. You might start your lunch with a salad with a favorite salad dressing. If you are watching your weight. A fruit salad or fruit cup can be your main course. There are some wonderfully filling, healthy (balanced) salads. They come with chicken, ham, bacon bits, seasoned croutons, and a world of other ingredients.

Don’t skip dessert! A small dish of ice cream, with or without toppings. Or a small slice of pie or cake is a nice way to finish your lunch (remember, this is your BIG meal of the day).

Snacks

“Just-in-case” handy foods are always a good idea while on the road. You may be sightseeing or just traveling when you get that urge to “eat something.” Stopping and buying something is always possible but it's really an unnecessary expense. You don't want to stop along a tour route to buy something with inflated tourist prices! Carry a snack bag for convenience. Be sure to have dried fruits, nuts, raisins, crackers. Keep your snack bag handy!

Dinner

After your big lunch, you should be looking for a light meal to end your day. It’s good for your waistline and will give you a better night’s sleep. Get some tasty lunch meats, bread, cheese to make sandwiches, and some fruit for dessert.

Many hotels have small refrigerators and microwaves in their rooms. When making reservations pick a location with these amenities and use them. Making your own supper can be a major saving to your vacation budget.

Final Thoughts

Eating healthy while dining out at restaurants doesn't have to be difficult or expensive. You just need a few simple tips for making your meal healthier without sacrificing the taste or atmosphere of what you're ordering. By following these tips, you can make your dining experiences not only healthy but enjoyable.

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