For many people, dining out and sampling local foods are some of the best parts of vacation travel. But it’s important to maintain healthy eating habits when you are away from home. NBC News did a story on how to eat healthy while enjoying holiday travel, but its tips and tricks are good to know for any time of the year.
Dieticians say just like you pack your toothbrush for vacation, you should also pack your snacks. They recommend packing a snack bag so that you have healthy options. Good choices include nuts (choose unsalted choices because sodium can bloat you on an airplane, jerky (it’s a great source of protein and will help keep you full throughout the day), and fresh fruit. And don’t forget a bottle of water because airplanes are dehydrating.
It’s also important to practice mindful eating, especially on travel days. Many people snack to pass time while waiting for flights. Try to eat only when you are hungry, not out of boredom.
If buying snacks at the airport gift store, look for healthy snacks. The dietician warns that just because something says it’s fat free does not mean it’s good for you. It’s often empty calories.
The bottom line is that you should always be aware of what you are eating. Try to eat the same way you do at home, but it’s okay to indulge in local food consciously. And, on the bright side, NBC reported that experts say we usually don’t eat as much as we think we do when traveling and actually burn more calories while on vacation.