Let’s Travel Healthy!

travel healthyLet’s take a trip! It’s summertime which means travel time for many of us; getting to see new places, relax, slow down and enjoy life. Enjoying life sometimes means making choices that may not be the healthiest.

Soooooo, as Gr8 Friends should do, we are here to help you out. Here are some reminders of how to have a healthy…okay, maybe semi-healthy, vacation…I mean, c’mon, it’s fun to get that candy bar out of the vending machine at midnight, right?

Let’s Travel Healthy!

First and foremost, DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.

Travel healthy water
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Staying hydrated, with water, or other no- or low-calorie beverages, will offset some of the other fun, but perhaps less than healthy habits. An easy trick is to drink two eight-ounce glasses first thing in the morning, then you only have six glasses of water to go to meet the goal! Hint: Measure out 8-ounces so you get a good visual of how much liquid that is. It really isn’t too much!

MOVE!Travel Healthy shoes

Sitting on a plane or in a car, (or on a bus or in the bar) is boring and bad for us. And as Newton said, “An object at rest will remain at rest…and an object in motion continues in motion.” It seems that sitting still encourages us to want to be lazy and still! So force yourself to move. When in the airport, walk, if that means foregoing the moving sidewalks, then so be it. And in the plane, get up every once in a while and walk up and down the aisle. Take the stairs at the hotel. On a car trip, park further away than necessary to force yourself to walk more.

Wherever you are staying, get out and explore the surroundings, it’s the only way to really soak up the local culture. And some of the best meals we’ve experienced have been because we were walking around and happened upon a restaurant or café.Travel Healthy Vulnetia

And here’s a Gr8 hint: The more you move, the more calories you burn, hence the more you can eat! Enjoy that regional dessert, or have another helping of that gravy laden goodness.

PACK SNACKSTravel Healthy Granola

The easiest way to sabotage a healthy diet is by being hungry and not having any good food available. So keep a bag close with easy and healthy food:

  • Fruit – apples, bananas, tangerines, grapes, etc. Full of vitamins and fiber, terrific when traveling.
  • Nuts – preferably unsalted, the salt will retain water and can cause swelling, not good when sitting for long periods of time.
  • Protein bars – in case you have to skip a meal, this is an easy way to feel full for a while.
  • Granola – Try Debbie’s homemade and healthy Granola; easy to pack and delicious to eat!
  • Dark chocolate, that’s right, dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa is full of antioxidants and can lower blood pressure. See this article in WebMD.

We are all about Gr8 Food and Gr8 Fun, and in order to keep enjoying life we need to remain healthy. Here is a Gr8 article on Thrillist with some more helpful hints; 10 Easy Ways to be a Healthier Traveler.

And here’s what happened at Great Eight Friends this week!

Homemade Ice Cream happened first! And Jurga tells us how to make it even if we don’t have an ice cream maker!Easy Vanilla Ice Cream 2

Then to go with that ice cream, how about some fresh Peach Amaretti Pie…the crust is crunchy and sweet and made with cookies! No rolling pin mess!peach amaretty pie 2

And another Gr8 appetizer comes our way, Debbie introduced us to Eggplant Cheesecake squares, creamy, delicious, just divine.Eggplant Cheesecake washi 1

Our #tbt was to one of our Gr8 Dinners which happened also to be a Birthday Party! Come on, check out how Kyle and Joel entertained us!Version 2

And we had an extra post this week…BONUS! Granola, the Perfect Snack! Because with all the vacations, business trips and beach days, we figure everyone could use a refresher on how to snack healthy.Granola Perfect Snack Yogurt

Safe travels and be a Gr8 Friend!

Jurga, Anna, Debbie, and Kyle

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