Sunday, September 23, 2018

Are you all ready to go on vacation, and wonder, How will I stick to my healthy eating habits? or How will I enjoy the vacation without putting on an extra few pounds?

Let’s review a few basic ideas for travel. Gas stations, airports and hotel mini bars may be tempting but don’t let them derail you. If you look, you can find healthy alternatives or you can bring them with you. Pack in your bag nuts, protein bars, cut-up veggies and individual packets of nut butter, or fresh fruit.

Here are some ideas to keep the family healthy when you get there:

Stock the mini refrigerator in your room with healthy breakfast items and snacks.

Visit restaurants where you can order foods broiled or grilled.

Bring healthy snacks with you when going on day trips.

When eating at a buffet, fill your plate with mostly vegetables and protein.

Make only one trip to the buffet station.

Remember to have snacks to prevent overeating at meals.

Include a daily walk or a hike to stay active.

Keep yourself hydrated to prevent feeling hungry.

Stick to non-caloric beverages and mixers for drinks.

Snacks can fill you up and keep you from being too hungry during the day. Try to limit them to 150-200 calories. Choose snacks that have healthy nutrients: protein, healthy fats and fiber. Try these chocolate-chip energy balls. They are filled with healthy nutrients, easy to make and very portable for a nutritious snack when traveling.

Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1 ½ cups instant oats
  • 2/3 cup flaked coconut or pitted dates
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup natural nut butter
  • 1/3 cup agave

 

Directions

1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. Add all ingredients except chocolate chips to a food processor and pulse until well combined.

3. Mix in chocolate chips.

4. Form balls of batter (1 tablespoon each) and place on the prepared pan.

5. Place cookie sheet in refrigerator to firm up for at least ½ hour.

6. Energy bites will last 4-5 days in the refrigerator, or freeze and pack frozen for on the go.

By Jamie Feit

 

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