I’m no health guru by any means but I do try my best to eat clean on a daily basis. My downfall is on holidays and at the weekend when I can’t help but eat Chinese or Indian takeaways. With that in mind, I’m trying my best to stop binge eating crappy foods when I’m on holiday or travelling. I’m sick of being bloated, especially when I’m sat in my bikini on the beach. So, here are my quick tips on how to eat healthy when travelling.
#1 Have A Big, Protein-Filled Breakfast
Fruit is great for it has hardly any calories in it so you can fill up on lots of it. Though, it’s important to note that it does contain lots of natural sugars too. Some experts state that eating too much fruit isn’t good for you as of its high sugar content. However, when you think about it, too much of anything isn’t good for you so this makes sense.
Anyway, it’s generally recommended to have around 2-3 pieces of fruit a day. So for my breakfast, I usually have a bowl of melon and then a separate bowl of porridge. In my porridge, I chuck in a handful of chopped strawberries or blueberries and a sprinkle of nuts. With so many types of fruit and nuts out there, you can constantly mix up your breakfast routine whilst sticking to a low calorie, filling meal.
I then avoid eating more carbs like toast, even if it’s whole grain bread. This is because I find bread tends to fill me up for a short period of time and it can also be more calorific than it’s worth. Instead, I add some more protein to my meals by having seasoned scrambled eggs, (scrambled eggs, pepper and chilli flakes) or boiled eggs with a side of salmon, sliced avocado or similar. Not only do these foods include high levels of protein but most contain good, healthy fats too.
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#2 Take Your Own Snacks
No matter how big your breakfast may be, you’ll probably want to snack throughout the day. If you’re anything like me, I have to have at least 3-4 small snacks to keep me going. Without them, I literally feel empty and my stomach cramps. Below is a list of some healthier snacks you can have instead. Some of these snacks are also great for on-the-go whilst others require to be chilled/prepared at home.
Good for On-The-Go
- Skinny popcorn
- Lindt 70% Dark Chocolate (2 squares)
- Homemade, healthy cereal bars or healthy cookies
- 1 apple or another piece of fruit & peanut butter
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Greek yoghurt (People think low-fat is better but it’s generally not. Low-fat yoghurts usually contain a lot of sugar and other chemicals to replace the fat content that was taken from it. I suppose it depends what kind of diet you’re on whether you opt for low-fat or not.)
- Carrot sticks and dip
#3 Do Research Beforehand
Researching places to eat before you arrive will help you to organise what you eat on that day, making it more likely to eat well. Instead of not knowing where to go, getting super hungry and opting for the nearby Mc Donald’s, you can have something nutritious from the local cuisine.
For most people, experiencing new foods can be the highlight of any trip. It opens your taste buds to a world of new flavours. It gives those who like cooking (me), new ideas for healthy recipes and allows you to dive into the local culture. Hopefully, you’ll realise that by doing the research you could potentially make your holiday a lot better by feeling stress and worry-free.
- Assuming your picking your own restaurants, search directly into Google or Trip Advisor for “restaurant” that’s “vegan” or “gluten-free” or “healthy” and with the name of the city you’re visiting. This way you’ll find search results specific to your dietary requirements rather than being bombarded with multiple restaurants that won’t always have healthy options.
- Whichever restaurant you choose, before being seated and getting a menu, tell the waiter you’re gluten-free, dairy-free or whatever else you’d like to avoid. You can also ask for meal recommendations within these categories.
- If you’re looking to order anything that comes with a sauce or extras, perhaps a salad with dressing, soups with croutons, ask them to take these off and swap dressings for olive oil or similar. You can also take your own sauces and sides with you if you know the restaurant won’t be able to provide healthy alternatives for you.
- A tip for most meals is if it comes with bread, chips or cheesy sides, ask to swap them for extra veggies or salad.
#4 Go To A LEON Restaurant
This point only really applies to people travelling around England, specifically in the Midlands and the South. Obviously, if you do your research you’ll no doubt be able to find a healthy restaurant more suited to your dietary requirements. Although, if you’re one for eating fast foods you need to visit a LEON restaurant. I’ve talked about this in a lot more detail in a previous blog post so go and check it out. All that’s left to say is don’t have a Maccies, Burger King or similar if you can get your hands on a LEON.
So I know this post is quite short and only covers a few basic tips on how to eat healthy when travelling but you get the jist. I’m not a food expert, though I’d love to be, so hence can’t go into too much detail.
What healthy eating tips do you have when you’re travelling? Please comment below to help both me and other readers. 👍🏼