Spring Break is a time to relax and take a break from the stress of college life; however, some students may struggle to eat a healthy diet, especially if you are traveling. HealthWorks student, Valerie Snell, has done research on easy ways to eat healthy while on vacation. Whether you’re traveling by plane or taking a road trip with friends, we have some easy tips for you to follow!
When traveling, it is always important to plan ahead. Take advantage of the hotel breakfast to save money. Look for whole grains, low fat milk, Greek yogurt and fruits when choosing your breakfast. If your hotel room has a coffee machine, use it to make hot water for a hardy oatmeal that will keep you full through the morning (1). Take advantage of the mini fridge in your hotel room to save money and store healthy options, like yogurt. For snacks we suggest whole wheat crackers with low fat cheese, fresh fruits, and a variety of veggies with hummus; these are all great ways to save money and avoid dining out for every meal.
When eating at restaurants, and in airports, there are a few things to keep in mind:
Portions sizes can be a tricky thing when the food you’re eating is delicious. Share a large meal with a friend, get an appetizer instead of an entree, and ask for a take-out box right away to make a second meal.
- Pay attention to how the food is prepared
Eating baked, broiled, steamed, and grilled options are better compared to deep fried; avoid food with words like crispy and creamy, if possible. This will help keep saturated fats and total fats down.
Try them on sandwiches, in salads, on pizzas, or even as a side to get beneficial vitamins and minerals while on vacation. Substitute a house salad or veggie of the day if your entree comes with fries or chips.
Have a healthy spring break!
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: https://www.eatright.org/health/lifestyle/travel/eat-right-traveling-home-and-abroad