Eating Well While Traveling

When you're on​ a​ full-blown vacation or​ even when you​ are just taking a​ weekend trip,​ your meals can be enjoyable milestones in​ your day rather than the​ subjects of​ your nightmares; and speaking of​ nightmares,​ the​ cost of​ eating can eat up a​ big part of​ your vacation budget. Following are some tips that will help you​ eat better,​ spend less and,​ as​ a​ result of​ the​ two,​ possibly even sleep better while on​ your trip.

Breakfast

Start your day with a​ healthy breakfast and,​ by definition,​ that excludes 'just grabbing a​ donut for the​ road.' Not that there is​ anything really wrong with donuts but donuts and pastries are high in​ sugar and fat -- sugar may give you​ a​ morning boost but it​ doesn't last long and half way through your morning you'll find yourself looking for a​ second breakfast or​ a​ brunch.

Your best bet for breakfast is​ eating a​ balanced meal,​ just like your other meals of​ the​ day: Many hotels and motels offer you​ a​ complimentary continental breakfast -- that just means a​ breakfast buffet with a​ good variety of​ foods -- just what you​ need and what you​ should be looking for! Work your way around the​ buffet you'll find them offering bread,​ waffles and English muffins right next to​ a​ toaster,​ some jams,​ jellies and syrups for spreading or​ pouring on​ your toasted choice,​ a​ variety of​ cold cereals with milk or​ sometimes hot oatmeal,​ some fruit for your side dish or​ for mixing in​ with your cereal and then there is​ yogurt,​ orange juice,​ grapefruit juice and tea or​ coffee. if​ you​ skip the​ continental breakfast and opt for a​ restaurant meal,​ the​ same rules about a​ balanced breakfast apply but you'll be able to​ add eggs,​ bacon,​ sausage and table service to​ the​ mix.

With breakfast done,​ you'll have a​ 'full tank' that will keep you​ going through your morning activities and keep you​ focused on​ enjoying a​ full schedule rather than being distracted by an​ empty belly.

Lunch

When you​ think about it,​ it​ makes sense to​ have your main meal of​ the​ day in​ the​ middle of​ the​ day -- especially when you're traveling. What you're doing is​ packing in​ the​ calories and then,​ during the​ course of​ your active afternoon,​ burning them off. This also makes good financial sense; many restaurants have lunch specials that feature all the​ things you​ will be able to​ buy later,​ at​ supper time -- at​ a​ higher price.

If you're staying in​ a​ hotel or​ motel,​ ask the​ desk clerk or​ concierge about their favorite restaurant. you​ may get a​ tip about a​ restaurant that serves some local favorite foods; that's a​ nice way to​ enhance your travel experience with some genuine local flavor.

The rule about eating a​ balanced meal works for lunch as​ well as​ it​ does for every other meal. you​ might start your lunch with a​ salad with a​ favorite salad dressing or​ a​ fruit salad or​ fruit cup or​ that salad might be a​ main course -- there are some wonderfully filling and healthy (balanced) main-course salads with chicken,​ ham,​ bacon bits,​ seasoned croutons and a​ world of​ other ingredients. Depending on​ where you're traveling you​ may just want to​ experiment a​ bit with some local favorite menu items -- ask your waiter or​ waitress to​ suggest something and be sure to​ ask about ingredients if​ there is​ something you​ know you​ shouldn't be eating.

Don't skip dessert! a​ small dish or​ ice cream,​ with or​ without toppings or​ a​ small slice of​ pie or​ cake is​ a​ nice way to​ finish your lunch (remember,​ this is​ your BIG meal of​ the​ day).

Snacks?

“Just in​ case” foods are always a​ good idea when you're traveling. you​ may be sightseeing or​ just traveling when you​ get that urge to​ “eat something.” Stopping and buying something is​ always possible but its really an​ unnecessary expense if​ you​ have a​ snack bag stowed away in​ your bag or​ backpack -- besides,​ stopping along a​ tour route to​ buy something means your paying inflated tourist prices! the​ way to​ put together your own snack bag is​ to​ stop at​ a​ grocery store and buy some dried fruits,​ nuts,​ raisins,​ crackers and something to​ put on​ the​ crackers like peanut butter or​ cheese. Keep your snack bag handy!

Supper

After your big lunch you​ should be looking for a​ light meal to​ end your day -- it's good for your waistline and will give you​ a​ better night's sleep. One great and economical idea for that end-of-the-day meal is​ to​ combine that trip you​ should have made to​ the​ grocery store for your snack items with some purchases for your supper. Get some tasty lunch meats,​ bread,​ cheese to​ make sandwiches and some fruit for dessert.

Many hotels and motels have small refrigerators in​ their rooms and many even have microwaves; when making reservations pick a​ location with these amenities and use them. Making your own supper can be a​ major savings to​ your vacation budget and may even allow you​ to​ save enough to​ spend an​ extra day visiting an​ attraction you​ might otherwise have to​ skip.

Home again!

It's always good to​ be home and just in​ case it​ hasn't occurred to​ you,​ you​ might look at​ some of​ these eating and spending tips and apply them to​ your eating habits and your food budget even when you're not on​ the​ road.

Bon Appetit!
Eating Well While Traveling Eating Well While Traveling Reviewed by Henda Yesti on July 25, 2018 Rating: 5

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