Eating Tips While On Vacation
Hey Friends! Happy Hump Day to ya! How is your week going? I hope it is treating your well! Prayers for all the flood victims in Texas! I cannot imagine what they are going through right now. Here in Mississippi, I am off from grad school this week and it is amazing! Like running through a field of sunflower singing the song of music kind of amazing!
Others might be feeling this way because your kiddos are off to school this week. I am sure I will understand one day but for now the thought of Mason going off to school brings this momma to tears and anxiety!
Speaking of school, I am going to link up with the What’s Up Wednesday post on back to school lunches. While I am not sending a little off to school we have been on vacation for a couple of weeks now and we tend to eat a lot of our ‘lunch packing’ foods while traveling. We really aim to keep our foods healthy (for the most part) and stay on budget. It is all too easy to get way too off on healthy eating and spend way too much money on food while away from home. So here are some of my tips and our favorites on eating while on vacation.
Eating Tips While On Vacation
This is huge and starts with booking your room. Try to find a hotel or condo with at least a small kitchen space. Luckily our condo in Florida had a large full kitchen. We took full advantage of this. I packed healthy snacks like oatmeal, fruit, and jerky for the plane and traveling. This gave us some time to snack on since we landed Saturday night. Sunday morning we had oatmeal with some protein powder that I had packed for breakfast. With our bellies happy we headed out to the grocery store.
We loved our condo’s kitchen and layout!
While we had an awesome kitchen we were still limited on cooking supplies and spices so we kept things simple on the meal front.
We went with mostly eggs and potatoes for breakfast. I would make D.C. a simple oatmeal and breakfast potatoes (we had salt and pepper in the room and we purchased cajun seasoning). We went with boiled eggs, fruit, yogurt, and oatmeal for Mason. For myself, I purchase frozen cauliflower and fruit to add to my favorite protein powder for smoothies. This trend, along with dinner leftovers, was our breakfast for the week.
We had a salad every day for lunch while at the beach. We had chicken and boiled eggs for protein, avocado and olives for healthy fats, and lots of veggies plus pickles. To mix it up I would add blueberries one day or a sweet potato. This was simple, easy, cost effective and ensured we were getting a good healthy meal every day.
For dinner, we mixed it up a bit more. I made chicken pasta one night, we grilled on the community grills one night, and we went out to eat a couple of nights. This is where the balance came in for us. We just did as we felt and ate healthy some nights and pizza another.
This is another area where we feel like balance is a key for our family. Some of our snacks are healthy and some not so much. It is vacation and it is life so darn it have fun!
Here are some of our go to snacks:
Drink all the water! I really try to do this all the time but especially while on vacation I try to be mindful of it as it is easy to forget. Taking a water bottle can also really work as a reminder.
I also love to take these Reusable Food and Gear Bags. We’ve had them for years and use them all the time. Perfect for veggies, grapes, trail mix, or whatever.
Do not stress it! We only live once! It honestly makes me sad to see people overly stressed about food and exercise. While both are important things life will not always allow us to have it all all the time or is simply just might be too stressful. Keeping balance in mind and enjoying all the salads and the ice cream as well your body will thank you for both!
Question: Do you try to get healthy or budget food on vacation? What are your trips on balance? Favorite snacks? Favorite Ice Cream?