Summer is here and I am ready for some road trips! It's not always easy to find the healthiest options when traveling, and it's hard to stick to your regular eating and exercise routine. Read on for some of my tips on how you can stay healthy while traveling.
Tip #1: Be Prepared
We were on a road trip last summer in the Pacific NW. As we were traveling along the coast, in the middle of nowhere, with no restaurants around, I was happy that I took the time to stop at Trader Joes beforehand to load up on the food I needed for the week. I made this delicious salad that we stopped to eat overlooking this amazing view of the ocean. Being healthy on the road does require a little bit of preparation, but it is so worth it! Find the closest Trader Joes or Whole Foods which usually offer pre-cut veggie and salad packs, hummus and other great snack items.
Tip #2: Eat Fresh and In Season
Enjoy all the delicious flavors of the season with corn on the cob, fresh berries, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, fresh green beans, peaches and so much more! Check out local Farmer's Markets or fresh fruit stands, and local orchards to find the freshest options! I can't wait to buy fresh cherries on the way to Mt. Rainier this summer, as well as visit the amazing Farmer’s Markets in that area!
Tip #3: Stay active with outdoor activities
There are many fun outdoor activities that you can do with your family. Going on a hike and getting out in nature is one of our family favorite activities. Other great options are bike rides, roller blading and swimming. You can also check for local community outdoor yoga and fitness classes. Not only is it great exercise, but it will also create bonding time.
Tip #4: Stay Hydrated
Heat and sweat can leave your body dehydrated in the hot months ahead! It is important to keep yourself hydrated by drinking at least eight to ten glasses of water a day. Try adding lemon or fruit to your water or making herbal iced sun tea with fresh mint (one of our favorites!) Coconut water is another good option to help stay hydrated.
Tip #5: Relax, unwind and disconnect
Enjoy all the fun that traveling brings and make sure take time to relax and unwind! Try turning off your phone and other electronics for a couple days. Cherish each moment and enjoy a slower pace. Take some time, for YOU, away from work and other obligations! Have fun and re-energize!
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