Maintaining a healthy diet does not have to mean missing out on the delicious tastes and flavors you love. There are ways to enjoy a hearty and nutritious meal or snack without sacrificing taste. And even when you are traveling, there are more nutritious alternatives that are as tasty as the regular foods you like. Here are some of the many ways you can enjoy the best eats that pack more nutrients that are good for you.
Take it as slow as you can. Traveling sometimes make it hard to stick to your regular meal time. But regardless of how hectic your life on the road may get, try to spend at least a decent amount of time for a meal. Take the time to choose the healthiest options available and to enjoy every bite instead of grabbing whatever is available just to put something in your stomach. If you expect to be in transit during mealtimes, bring your own healthy snacks or sandwiches in case you do not have much time to look for nutritious meals.
Avoid eating too much fried foods. Look beyond the fried or deep-fried selections. Study the menu and read the descriptions to see what other options are available to you. Look for anything baked, grilled, or steamed. Be adventurous and creative in trying out high-nutrition food items you find on the menu. You can also ask your server to recommend great tasting and nutritious meals.
Tweak your meal, if you can. You can give special, and reasonable, instructions to customize your order when eating out. Most restaurants provide this extra service to accommodate guests’ dietary restrictions or preferences. Ask if you can replace unhealthy ingredients or sidings with healthier options. For instance, you can ask to substitute a side dish of mashed potato with green salad of fresh fruits.
Know which carbs are best for you. Another great way to eat healthy is to choose your carbohydrates well. Eat whole grains like brown rice and whole oats instead of white bread or rice. You can also get your complex carbs from foods such as multi-grain bread, whole wheat crackers and pasta, baked potatoes, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and sweet potatoes.
Eat lean meat and plant-based proteins. Embarking on a healthy diet does not mean giving up meat if you do not want to. You can still relish the taste of meat while maintaining a healthy diet. Just make sure that you choose lean meat, fish, and skinless chicken or other poultry. Enjoy your meat grilled, roasted, or baked using healthy oils. Control portion sizes to make sure that you just eat enough to meet your daily protein requirement.