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How to Make Healthy Food Choices While Traveling

Unplanned travelling can mean improvising a routine but your do not have to give up a healthy lifestyle while you are on the move. Here are a few ways to ensure you still eat healthy while travelling.

Pack your own snacks: Pack foods that don’’t spoil — trail mix, biscuits, and energy bars are durable and make a healthy snack if you get hungry while travelling. You’ll save money at airports and always have something to munch on.

Avoid fast food chains: While familiarity can be comforting and relatively safe, especially in another country, trying the local food is healthier than resorting to chains like McDonalds and Burger King. Aim for small restaurants that have good ratings and a wide variety of cuisines. If you are unsure about the local food, find some standard fare like seafood and make sure your meals are served hot.

Travel appliances: There are many kitchen appliances that come in a travel size such as electric kettles, slow cookers and coffee machines. With a few trips to the local supermarket, you can make small but healthy meals within you hotel room. A snack of steamed vegetables is preferable to the calorie-heavy snacks that a minibar has to offer.

If you have rented an apartment, make your own food: If stating your food preferences is an option, always make use of it. Better still, if you choose to live in rented apartments or homestays, you can be more specific about what you choose eat, or make your own meals.

Water is your best friend: Of course you’re allowed to have a drink or two at the local watering hole but during the day water is your healthiest option, especially if you are exploring a place on foot. Stay away from sodas and other sugar based soft drinks as these do not hydrate you and just add on calories. Don’t overdo the alcohol either, quite apart from the painful physical effects of a hangover, it leaves you severely dehydrated.

Avoid the mini bar: In fact, if the peanut MnMs in your hotel mini bar are too tempting, you can ask for the contents to be removed and use it to store your own snacks.

Download Apps: Find and download apps that tell you your culinary options in an area. There are several apps that rate restaurants, map local supermarkets and farmers’ markets and have information about healthier eating options.

Make use of hotel freebies: Save up on any freebies like packets of ketchup, mustard or tea bags from your hotel room, as they become your travel sized packeted condiments that you can use while on the move.

Don’t skip on important meals: Many hotels offer a free breakfast so always eat well before you begin working for the day. Make lunch an important meal as well, whether you choose to make your meal or eat out. With two  solid meals during the day, along with healthy snacking while you travel, your dinner can be light.

Eating healthy while travelling can be combined with physical activity in many ways. Choose to walk around or rent a bike of that is an option. You can work out for the day while exploring new places. If you have to take local transport or for any reason cannot commit to walking around, take some time off from working to exercise. If your hotel has a gym or pool, use it. Staying fit while travelling is always possible.

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