Healthy Travel Tips

With the holidays coming up, many of us are going on vacations to visit family and friends.  It can be difficult to stay healthy while traveling, but it is definitely possible!  Here are some tips to help you stay on track.

  • The kids’ meal is your friend, but make sure it is a healthy one.  Unfortunately, a lot of kids’ meals can be pretty unhealthy, but restaurants are coming around.  For example, at a bakery in Disneyland, I chose a kids’ meal that had a small turkey sandwich and apple slices.
Here is the kids’ meal at Jolly Holiday Bakery in Disneyland. Yes, I ate a cookie. We will get to that tip next.
  • On a vacation, allow yourself treats.  On my last trip, I allowed myself one treat per day.  I enjoyed my vacation and didn’t feel deprived.  The rest of the day, I ate a lot of lean proteins, fruit and veggies.
This is the fruit plate at the River Belle Terrace at Disneyland. It was HUGE.
  • When eating at a buffet, fill your plate with vegetables.  If you can, bring your own salad dressing.  If not, salad bars often have balsamic vinegar you can top your salad with.
I made this salad at a buffet, topped with balsamic vinegar.
  • If the restaurant doesn’t have a salad bar, do they have a sandwich toppings bar? I once made a salad out of the lettuce, tomato and pickles I found there.  (Find more tips on eating in a restaurant here:  http://healthybeautifulblessed.com/tips-for-eating-in-a-restaurant/ )
  • Make sure you get some kind of movement in each day.  Listening to Jillian Michaels’ podcast, I got a couple of tips.  You can bring exercise DVDs with you if you have a laptop or DVD player to watch them on.  Use water bottles as weights, or bring resistance bands with you.  If you can’t bring anything with you, do squats, lunges, running in place, planks, pushups, etc.  These exercises take up very little space and don’t require any equipment.  I actually did some of these exercises standing in line for Black Friday!
  • STAY HYDRATED.  This is a good tip any time, but when we’re traveling, it can be easy to forget.  Always bring water with you.
  • Be creative!  Find interesting ways to get exercise and healthy foods.  Planning these things on a trip can be fun.  Enjoy your vacation, and do the best you can.

Below are some tips I was given on Facebook.  Please feel free to add your own in the comments!

Fitfluential Facebook Group

  • Crystal C. – I like to seek out a grocery store at my destination so I can have fresh food and veggies on hand while out sightseeing.
  • Tamara G. – Always book a hotel with a decent fitness centre. Many have very good ones. Check it out in advance!
  •  Kim U. – Bring along favorite snacks that may be hard to find and/or prepare.
  •  Emily R.B. – I do both bringing non-perishables like almonds and other snacks, as well as getting to a store as soon as possible to stock my room. I can’t always afford the fitness centers (last place I stayed was $25 a day, yikes!), so I bring my laptop and a couple DVDs, and just work out in my room.
  •  Aims Ca – Find bloggers in the area and see where they work out. Try something new. I had not swam for years but I did a couple times on trips this summer.
  •  Arlene H. – Plan to do active things during your trip … like a day hike to explore the area.
  •  Gina P. – Plan, plan, plan. Have a plan A and a backup or two. Think about what excuses or barriers you might come up with and have a plan to counter them. Find workouts online that use body weight for resistance — some are even designed for small spaces like hotel rooms — and plan to do those early. Check for good walking areas around where you are staying using Google maps. Look for ways to work it into your trip and have fun.
  •  Jen H. M. – I packed my food scale on a recent vacation so that I could continue measuring portions. We also hit the grocery story right after picking up our rental car (on a recent trip) so that we would have healthy snacks rather than stopping to grab junk food.

My Facebook Friends

  • Jamie P. – Bring healthy snacks & drinks.
  • Elizabeth T. – I would say to tell people to shop where they know!
  • Jackie R. – Offer to bring a dish. If you’re traveling pick something that travels well and that can be served without heating up. If you aren’t traveling far, offer to bring a healthy version of a favorite not so healthy dish.

Weight Watchers App Update!

Some of you may have noticed some issues with the most recent version of the Weight Watchers app.  I did some quick Googling and discovered a solution.  If you are having trouble with your Weight Watchers iPhone app, just uninstall and re-install it.  Problem solved!

I just wanted to pass this along to you!  Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Enjoy yourself, but do the best you can!

NOTE:  I do not work for Weight Watchers, nor am I affiliated with them in any way other than being a member, just like you!

Unusual Makeup Remover

On one of my many desperate searches on YouTube to find skin care tips, I discovered something that has changed my life (the life of my skin anyway…)!  It may not be unusual to you, but it is to me because I have oily skin!  Oily, extremely sensitive skin, to be exact.  What is this miracle product?  Baby oil.  Yes, baby OIL.  You might be wondering, “If you have oily skin, why would you apply oil directly to your face?”  Your guess is as good as mine.  I have no idea why it works, but it does.

I have always used mild soap and nothing else to remove my makeup.  My skin is extremely sensitive, so I am afraid to use any other makeup removers.  I never felt like my face was getting clean enough, but I didn’t know what to do.  Enter baby oil.  I apply a little bit of baby oil to a cotton pad, and wipe my makeup off, then wash off the oil with my normal soap (which is Cetaphil, in case you were wondering).  My skin is clean, soft, and actually less oily, believe it or not.

Baby oil is cheap, easy to find, and it works!  Have you discovered any unusual beauty tips?  Please share!

***This post contains my opinions on a product that works for me.  All products were purchased with my own money, and this post is not sponsored.

Mexican Pizza!

We had some leftover taco meat, and were trying to figure out what to do with it.  Another flatbread pizza recipe was born!  This one does have more points, because it has beans, ground beef, and full fat cheese.  The version you see here was 9 points per serving, but you can adapt it to lower the points value.

 

Mexican Pizza

Serves 2

1 Flatout Flatbread, Light Original

3 wedges Laughing Cow Light Queso Fresco & Chipotle flavor

4 oz. 85% lean ground beef

Your choice of taco seasoning

1/2 c Fat Free Refried Beans

1/4 c Kirkland Signature Mexican Blend shredded cheese

Chopped onions

Your favorite fat free salsa, to taste

Cook beef in your choice of taco seasoning, according to the directions.  Spread 3 wedges of Laughing Cow cheese on the flatbread.  Spread refried beans over the Laughing Cow cheese.  Then, spread on salsa.  Top with ground beef, shredded cheese, and onions.  Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.  Enjoy!

As I said, you can make all kinds of adaptations to lower the points.  The possibilities are endless!  Replace the beef with chicken, or remove the chicken and make a veggie pizza.  Replace the cheese with a variety that is lower in fat, or remove the cheese.  Let me know what kinds of pizza you make!

 

 

 

Easy Baked Potato

I posted a photo of my dinner last night, and got a request for the recipe.  Here goes!  It’s really easy and so delicious!  This is 8 Weight Watchers points for the amount I ate, so that is the size I will post here.  If you want to lower the points, you can always make adaptations.

BBQ Ranch Chicken Baked Potato

6 oz. baked potato

3 oz. Rosie Organic Chicken Breast Strips

2 tbsp. Bullseye Kansas City BBQ sauce (or your favorite sauce)

2 tbsp. homemade ranch with Greek yogurt (find the recipe here:  http://healthybeautifulblessed.com/pizza-for-dinner/)

1 tsp. olive oil or cooking spray

Bake a potato in the oven or microwave.  Saute onions in a tiny amount of olive oil or cooking spray.  Mix BBQ sauce with the chicken, and heat it.  Spread chicken and sauce over the potato.  Drizzle with ranch dressing.  Top with grilled onions.  Enjoy!

Baked potatoes are very healthy, if you choose the right toppings!  This is a great way to create variety in your diet.  Experiment and have fun!  Let me know what baked potato toppings you try!