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Eat Smart on a Holiday

  By Sumitra Nair  posted Mar 18th 2011 at 2:00PM IN | Avg Rating
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Eat Smart on a Holiday

Do you come back from your trip feeling like you need a detox, thanks to all that spicy, fried food? Do you feel like you may have overeaten, not to mention gained a few kilos, and feel sluggish? Here are tips to eat healthy on your holiday so that you come back feeling recharged.

Eat a Good Breakfast: Eat a heavy, yet healthy meal so that you don’t give in to cravings through the day. Also, a heavy breakfast ups your metabolism. A meal that consists of carbs and proteins will keep you charged for a day of hectic activity.

Pack your Own Snacks for Road Trips and Camping: Packing and carrying your own snacks is an especially great idea if you’re going on a road trip. After all, you may not always find a place to eat on the highway, or the highway restaurants you cross may not be clean enough or serve healthy enough food. So pack healthy snacks like nuts, crackers and so on. You can also pack some fruits, carrots, cereal bars and brown bread sandwiches. Naini Setalvad, Mumbai-based nutritionist, says, “If you are camping, ensure you snack on plenty of dry fruits and nuts; nuts provide energy and dry fruits give natural sugar."

Eating at Restaurants while on Vacation: While on the go, it can be really tough to count your calories. So, eat smart. While staying in a hotel, do not go for room service. The restaurant menu may have a lot more to offer. For example, go for roasted or skewered dishes instead of curried ones, as they contain less fat. "Opt for salads without dressings, tandoori rotis, clear soups and rasams and steamed rice," Setalvad advices. "For breakfast, go for fruits, whole grain toast, idlis and roasted paratha," she adds. To make the most of the local cuisine during lunch and dinner, try not to ruin your appetite with in-between meal snacking. If hunger persists, try salads and soups as snacks instead. Above all, eat wisely.

Water, water! Don't forget your water bottle. Setalvad says that water is the best drink you can have on a trip. It’s very important to keep yourself hydrated. It will help cleanse your system. Alternatively, you can make halts for fresh juices.

 

Do you have any more health tips for travellers? Leave a comment and let us know.

 

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