#1: BE SELECTIVE ABOUT AIRPORT FOOD
You don’t HAVE to be in a rush at the airport. Get to your gate, check the status and boarding time for your flight, then take a look around. Because of current trends, healthy options are becoming more readily available- even in airports, believe it or not. You don’t have to settle for a greasy burger when sandwiches, salads and wraps can give you lean meat, veggies and grains all in one delicious meal. For a bonus, consider swapping chips for low-fat yogurt or fruit.
#2: BRING EASY AND HEALTHY SNACKS
A little bit of planning ahead can go a LONG way if you grab a few easy and healthy snacks at the grocery store and stash them until your next trip. Nuts, granola bars, trail mix, low-cal popcorn packs are all great options. If you have time to grab pre-sliced veggies, apples, bananas or baby carrots, either on your way to the airport or on your way to the hotel, you’ll be less likely to indulge in the unhealthy stuff. Your body will thank you!
#3: CONSIDER PROTIEN AND OTHER HEALTHY DRINK POWDERS
There are tons of options for powders you can add to water, chock full of protein and vitamins. These great, in-between-meal snacks will keep you energized. Plus they take up almost no room in your suitcase.
#4: DRINK LOTS OF WATER
You NEED lots of water- especially when traveling. Water will keep you energized and will leave you feeling more fulfilled. Dehydration leads to headaches, fatigue, muscle cramps and reduced concentration. Let’s face it, you don’t have time to deal with all that! Coffee, tea and sparkling water are also great alternatives to sodas and other high-calorie drinks if you tire of water quickly.
#5: DO AS MOM SAYS- EAT YOUR VEGGIES
There’s a reason mom tells you to eat your greens- mother knows best. While greens are preferred, it’s a good idea to incorporate any and all veggies into your meals. Start with a salad or pick vegetables as your side dish. Your goal should be a full serving of veggies (or more!) for at least two meals each day. The fiber provided by vegetables will make you feel more full and keep you from over eating.
#6: NEVER SKIP BREAKFAST
We know this is easier said than done while traveling, but we all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If your hotel offers a complimentary breakfast, go for high fiber and protein. Anything from cereal to whole-grain toast with peanut butter and more. No continental waiting for you when you wake up? That’s why you packed healthy snacks, remember?
#7: BE NICE AND SHARE YOUR DESSERT
We all give into temptation sometimes; it’s good for morale. Boost your morale even more by sharing your dessert with your travel buddy. You still get that sweetness you crave but you don’t have to overdo it.
#8: EAT LOCAL
Do some research- contact your concierge or get some help from UrbanSpoon, Yelp or even Google Maps. Local restaurants are more likely to offer local produce and are more likely to cook for you like a guest in their own home than a large chain or a fast food restaurant. Not only will you eat a little healthier, but you’ll get to experience the local flavor!
#9: ENJOY ALCOHOL WITH LESS CALORIES
So you may consume a few cocktails during your travels. Sub high-sugar, high-calorie margaritas for wine, something on the rocks or something mixed with club soda. You can still enjoy the night out just as much without all the calories.
#10: BE AWARE BUT NOT OBSESSIVE
You know you don’t want to be sluggish or get an upset stomach, so eat healthy while you’re away. Pay attention to what your body is telling you and do what you think is best. With that said, you’re out of town (working or vacationing) and you should enjoy what your destination has to offer. Don’t obsess about what you’re eating because that will make you sick as well. You are allowed a few indulgent meals here and there.
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