Fitnez Tips to Kick Off the Summer
The unofficial kick-off of Summer is upon us! Time to load up the car and hit the road for fun in the sun!
But maintaining a healthy diet can become a real challenge as you careen towards the coast – here are some quick tips to keep you on track while you are on the road.
1. Plan Ahead: Load up on fresh-cut vegetables and fruit. Bring along a small cooler with ice packs to keep your snacks fresh. Bring plenty of water. Nuts such as unsalted almonds and cashews contain polyunsaturated fats and are easy to take on a trip in either individual bags or larger containers.
2. Restaurant Etiquette: Order a salad to eat with a palm sized portion of lean meat/protein. Salads are generally healthy and start to fill you up so that you eat less of the more calorie-dense main meal. Select foods that are prepared with healthier, low-fat methods. Baked chicken is healthy, but fried chicken has too much fat. Eat the vegetables. Most entrées come with at least one vegetable. If not, be sure to order a vegetable side dish. Skip dessert, or choose some fruit.
3. At fast food restaurants: Find sandwich shops like Subway that let you select your sandwich ingredients. Choose whole grain breads, lean meats, and lots of vegetables.
Many fast food restaurants offer salads, but you need to be careful when you select one. Some of those salads are very high in fat, especially taco salads or those topped with fried chicken strips. Don’t super-size your meal. It sounds like a great deal, but you will eat way too much calories, fat, and sodium. Order sandwiches made with grilled chicken rather than fried chicken.
4. Hotel Hazards: Find a local grocery store and buy healthy snack items such as fruit, nuts, or healthy choices from a salad bar or deli section. If your only choice for a snack is the hotel vending machine, skip the candy and chips and look for nuts or microwave popcorn. Some restaurants will deliver food to your hotel room and may have some healthy menu items available.
Stick to these tips and you will have no problem staying on track during your trip!