You could be surprised what a dietitian eats on holiday? 10 tips to help you eat more than carrot sticks when you travel.
Recently I spent some time in tropical far north Queensland enjoying the beautiful rainforests and coastal line. As usual for me no matter where I am there was focus on food and eating!
When on holidays there can be a temptation to think to enjoy yourself you have to eat unhealthy foods and move away from your usual routine. I find if I do that then the holidays is much less enjoyable as I feel sluggish, heavy and not to mention the bowels get out of kilter.
Holidays can incorporate a balance and here are some tips how:
1. Fresh fruit and vegetables are generally out due to customs and quarantine laws unless it is a local trip and then you can throw some in for sure, at least to get you through the day as snacks. If driving locally, store some in cooler bag or esky and load up for the time away- apples, oranges, mandarins, carrots, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber etc all travel pretty well and can be snacks or salad items added to a sandwich. If not but local when you arrive.
2. Wraps, mountain bread or wholegrain dry biscuits and a spread eg a nut spread, Vegemite, can of fish, baked beans that can be added at anytime for breakfast a snack or even lunch. Some local cheese and a fresh tomato and I bought some smoked salmon, can make a great lunch or pre dinner snack like we did by the pool.
3. Nuts, dried fruit, trail mix- eaten by a handful is a suitable serving size rather than the packet when bored waiting for planes, trains or other transport! Great to get the energy back and we nibbled on a few while driving up to Cape Tribulation.
4. Breakfast cereal- together with some disposable or camping bowls and spoons to have at your accommodation for breakfast. We ate ours on the balcony overlooking the mountains in Palm Cove. Milk is usually supplied or some long life small packs travel well.
5. Bars- non perishable and can still be eaten if squashed at the bottom of a bag these can be life savers if delayed at airports, when kids are hungry in the car when out sight seeing. Choose the more nourishing ones with nuts, oats, seeds, fruit and less added sugars.
6. Equipment- some disposable cutlery, bowls and plates and even a toasted sandwich maker can be a hit, especially if travelling with kids. Throw in an egg and tomato or baked beans, cheese. I have been known to take the electric fry pan when the kids were young and too tired to venture out at night for dinner. We had a great time one holiday travelling with another dietitian and her kids. I did forget recently to pack the cooler bag, mistake in Queensland, but it was easy to purchase one. Freeze a bottle of water to keep things cool.
7. Having food preparation facilities will make life heaps easier. We had a small kitchenette so eating breakfast with freshly bought local fruit, yoghurt and cereal from home was a breeze by the pool! It meant we were up and out to start the day nice and early to beat the heat.
Packing lunch was then easy and many places we ventured to were in the rainforest on walks so taking food was essential. Not just a Vegemite sandwich- we were on holidays so we packed gourmet style with some cold packs and a little chocolate for dessert.
At minimum a small fridge and a kettle, ask about this if travelling in Europe as many places don’t provide anything! You may be surprised what you can make with hot water.
8. When travelling overseas enquire when booking as to whether a local supermarket or store is nearby or when you arrive ask a local where you can pick up some fresh bread, milk and sandwich fillings. These can be a life saver to the wallet and make the healthy, delicious food choices easier to make.
9. I like to eat local food produce.
It is lovely to visit some of the local restaurants and recently we did nightly for dinner. The local barramundi at the Sea Temple was their signature dish and I can see why. The dessert that night was to die for also, an upside down ice cream.
In the Daintree the restaurant Whet also served amazing food and again I went with local barramundi (I have no affiliation with these restaurants!). Eating local doesn’t have to be for an evening meal though, the Daintree bananas were a highlight and my energy boost!
10. Avoid the buffet breakfast that leaves you sluggish for the day, maybe pick one buffet meal per holiday! We did this for one evening meal but I have to say I felt over full and it didn’t meet up to my barramundi meal and dessert.
Along with my Daintree bananas a little of their local fruit based ice cream went down a treat! Sharing a bowl was plenty, moderation is the key.
So traveling has the dietitian ‘having her ice cream and eating it too’ as part of an overall well balanced, tasty holiday.
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