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Recently I was able to interview Holley Grainger of MyRecipes.com about vacations and eating right on said vacations! As we all know it’s that time of year, and we all have a trip planned somewhere in our future, right?

Well check out Holley’s tips on staying fit while on vacation!

 

What are some great easy to make vacation foods? ie., simple quick recipes you could whip up after a long day at the beach?

My family just went to the beach and on the first day of the trip, my cousin whipped up a huge container of chicken salad. When we came in from the beach, we could either eat it with fresh tomatoes, on a salad, or as a sandwich. It was super easy and better than a basic turkey sandwich. Fresh fruit salads can also be made ahead and stored in the fridge. Top with some vanilla yogurt for a refreshing snack.

Here are a few recipes that I especially enjoy because they are fast, fresh, and/or refreshing:

Watermelon Cooler

http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1624516

Mini Caprese Bites

http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1731442

Shrimp Bruschetta

http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1875628

Mango-Ginger-Strawberry Smoothie

http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=522072

Do you have any special tricks that you personally use while on vacation?
I try to drink lots of water. It keeps me feeling full and hydrated (flying always makes me so dehydrated). I also try to work out or at least walk whenever possible. I don’t let a workout get in the way of doing something fun, especially on vacation, but even a quick trip to the hotel gym first thing in the morning makes me not as tempted to overeat throughout the day.

I usually pack a cooler and take my own food on vacation. What do you recommend putting in that cooler? Cereals, fruit, veggies?
It depends on where you are going and what is available when you get there. Packing high-fiber cereal, fruit, and oatmeal assures that you’ll have something healthy to munch on in the morning.

Say I am going further than a few hours away and it is simply not feasible to pack my own food. What do you recommend in that situation?
If you are staying at a place where food storage is possible, check out the local markets and enjoy the native fare. Or at least make a run to the grocery store and stock up on healthy fruits, vegetables, and low-fat milk. If you are cooking your own food, don’t deprive yourself of yummy “vacation” food but make healthy choices, keep portion control in check, and stick with the freshest foods available (avoid processed when you can).

If you are staying in a hotel and are required eat out, again, try to make wise choices by ordering lean meat, fish and of course, veggies. Watch your alcohol intake and pass on the bread and butter plate.

Do you have any favorite exercise DVDs or that you take on vacation, or any exercise routines you like to do on vacation?
My favorite thing about exercising on vacation is being able to enjoy the scenery in a new city. Rent a bike, go for a swim, or get out and walk. Take advantage of being in a new place.

 

Thanks for the tips Holley, and as always check out MyRecipes.com for some great healthy recipes for everyday use!

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