During my travels this past weekend (pics to come!), I indulged in carbs, carbs and more carbs. I did not go on vacation to eat salad and I stand by that. Now, could I have cut back a little bit on the appetizers? You bet! Hey, hindsight and such, right? Anyway, I thought about how I actually do wish I would have controlled myself a little more and ended up finding a few helpful tips for future trips.
Share Your Meals
One thing that I am always guilty of is “You order that and I’ll get this so we can share.” Unfortunately, I usually always end up ordering an oversized entree and feeling like I need to clean my plate, plus picking the leftovers off of Alex’s. The fix? Ordering an appetizer, salad and an entrée is plenty of food for two people, especially considering Alex usually orders steak and I end up eating his steamed veggies. By doing this we spend less on dinner and can spend more on drinks! (Hey, it’s vacation. Deal with it.) So even though Karen and Grace aren’t wild about the idea of splitting a meal, it’s definitely something I’m going to try to do more often.
Again, there is no reason to order two desserts if you and your dining partner know you can only make room for one. Although we rarely do this, I must say, we are great about splitting something indulgent.
Avoid Fast Food
This is a no-brainer for us once at our destination, considering we love trying local cuisine. However, the traveling part is usually where we fall short. It’s always so much easier to save time by driving through a restaurant, rather than actually taking the extra effort to pack something. The fix? I would suggest a compromise. You don’t want to waste time at a sit-down restaurant, but you also don’t want to eat a greasy fast food meal either. Try somewhere like Sheetz, Subway or Panera. These places are guaranteed to have better options without slowing you down too much.
Get Back on Track
If all else fails and you’ve completely blown it, just try to get back on track as soon as you return home. I took some squash, a can of tomatoes, chopped onion and a can of beans to make my healthy (and easy) dinner last night. The verdict: I already feel better!
My Healthy Tip of the Day: Keep frozen and canned staples on hand: frozen spinach, canned beans, tomatoes, etc. This will not only save you time in the kitchen, but will also help you stay away from a bowl of cereal for dinner when you haven’t made it to the grocery store.