Whether you’re travelling for business or you’re on a family vacation, sticking to your normal healthy routine can be really difficult. Not only are there more temptations around, but you may also not have the time or access to your usual resources to make your own healthy meals. Here are six ways that you can eat healthy while traveling.
1. Know Your Best Options
Traveling often involves a limited number of food options, whether it’s because you’re saving money by taking advantage of the hotel’s continental breakfast or because you’ll be heading out for some fine dining thanks to your new business partner. Understand which common travel food options will fit best into your eating plan and stick to it.
2. Pack Snacks
If you’ll be roaming around an unfamiliar city for a day, bring some snacks with you so you won’t be tempted to stop at every cute cafe you see. The same goes for long car rides and junk-filled rest stops. Some nuts, dried fruit, and granola bars can keep you from munching on less nutritious, higher-calorie snacks, and can also help you space out your eating throughout the day, so you don’t overindulge.
3. Customize Your Order
While some restaurants will specifically request “no substitutions,” most places these days are more than happy to comply with requests for healthier options.
Substitute veggies or a salad for higher-fat or higher-carb sides, ask for separate portions of sauces and dressings, and leave off the cheese and heavy condiments.
Not familiar with the local cuisine? Consider asking your server about the healthiest options on the menu and go from there.