Spring break is a fun time to get away—whether for the day nearby or for longer at a faraway spot. Either way, getting there takes plenty of planning and preparation: There are reservations to be made, bags to be packed, itineraries to be thought out and more. You also want to add maintaining healthy nutritional habits to the list. Often, eating right goes on vacation when we do so you need plans in place to keep on target and in line with your healthy eating goals.

When traveling, whether by plane or car, you want to come prepared.

  • Make a sandwich before you leave the house. A healthy one that’s easy to travel with (no refrigeration required): Ezekiel spread with almond butter or peanut butter.
  • Bring a serving of fruit to go with it, like apples, pears or plums (best to choose a fruit that won’t easily get smashed).
  • Bring crackers such as Mary’s crackers or Ak-mak with individual almond butter packets by Justin’s (your kids will love this too!).
  • Bring a large bottle of water (at least 64 ounces) on the plane with you (needs to be purchased after you go through security) to stay hydrated and limit caffeinated drink offerings from the flight attendants’ cart such as coffee, alcohol and/or soda that dehydrate.

These are items to pack for when you get where you’re going. Pre-make enough portions so you can just grab and go.

  • Raw almonds, walnuts and/or almonds. About 12-15 per portion is the best amount.
  • Snack/nutritional bars: Look for healthy bars that taste good to satisfy cravings and deter poolside snack tendencies like those from Designs for Health (check out the shop tab on my website for five delicious flavors), KIND or OATMEGA.
  • A few pieces of dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao or higher) is the perfect healthy and indulgent dessert.
  • Stay hydrated with bottled water during the day to track your intake rather than loading with soda or alcohol.

When dining out at restaurants and poolside cafes, here’s how to stay on track

  • Make sure to eat a snack an hour before a meal so you don’t sit down and eat the bread, chips or whatever pre-meal temptation is set in front of you.
  • Try to order fish or chicken and watch portion sizes (½ plate vegetables, 2 golf ball size of starch, palm of you hand for chicken and whole hand for fish or seafood).
  • Ask for water, sparkling water, and/or unsweetened iced tea, try to limit the alcohol.

And make every effort to make time to exercise! Either at a hotel gym, on the property or plan a hike, bike ride or swim during your day. Eating right will leave you with plenty of energy to do so and you will be thrilled to come home in the same shape that you left (and not have to get geared up to start all over again). Hope you have a fabulous time!

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