Hawaii and Healthy Eating

Hey fabulous friends!

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I’m writing to you from Kailua Beach, Hawaii, where I’ve spent the last week with my Little Who. I’ve always envisioned a life where I can take off and just go “be” in some faraway place. Thankfully, I’ve reached a leadership position in my company and I can do just that with my little one! Yay!

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This trip is a meaningful one for me. It is the first trip that I paid for completely with my business income. It feels so amazing to be able to create that experience for my daughter and I’m completely hooked on planning some upcoming getaways!

As much as I love to travel, finding healthy food options can be a little tricky. Especially if you’ll be staying in hotels in a downtown area with mostly restaurant options like my recent Las Vegas trip. While you can certainly pay over $60 a day on three meals, I’m going to show you how you can make some healthy meal options to offset some of the indulgent eating you know you’ll be doing on vacation. :)

Tip #1:

If you can, try to book a hotel with a microwave and small refrigerator. That will give you so many more options for making some meals! Then, see if there is a grocery store nearby so you can stock up on some basics. (We hit up the Walgreens in Vegas!)

Oatmeal (Pack a microwave-safe bowl and spoon. Add water and heat for 2 mins! This is my favorite oatmeal packet.)

Protein Shake (I just bring a blender bottle with some shelf-stable almond milk so I can mix it with my protein powder as we walk around.)

Fresh Fruit, Yogurt and Granola (These can be stored in your refrigerator and make a great breakfast or quick snack option. And my favorite yogurt is a tossup between Greek Gods and Siggi’s.)

Tip #2:

For some vacations, you may be staying at a friend’s house or somewhere with a kitchenette. These next few recipes require minimal utensils and ingredients but make great lunches or small bites. You can even make these ahead of time and they are great for road trips!

Chickpea Salad Pita :

Ingredients:

One can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans)

3/4 cup of greek yogurt

1/2 red bell pepper, diced

1 green onion, diced

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Drain and rinse the chickpeas, then mash 3/4 of it in a small bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Serve in pita pockets.

Corn and Black-eyed Pea Dip with Tortilla Chips

Ingredients:

1 can of corn, drained and rinsed

1 can of black-eye peas, drained and rinsed

1 red bell pepper, diced

1/4 red onion, diced

3 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp rice vinegar

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together and serve with tortilla chips.

Miso Soup with Rice

This is a favorite of my little four-year-old. We just get the miso soup packets from the Asian aisle in the grocery style along with some instant brown rice. Follow the directions on both and you’ve got a quick meal. Granted, it’s more processed than I prefer but sometimes you just gotta roll with it!

Tip #3

If you find yourself hungry while out and about in a downtown area, you can usually find a Starbucks and my favorite thing to order there is the Protein Bistro Box. It is small enough to pack in my purse for a quick snack but hearty enough to satisfy my appetite before the next meal.

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I hope those tips help you on your next vacation!

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Here are some of my meals that I enjoyed in Hawaii. Most are very healthy and others are pretty indulgent. It is vacation, after all!

Have a wonderful Easter Weekend!

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