Eating Healthy When You Are on Vacation or Away From Home

Katherine, 02 August 2010,
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When I was in high school – and we won’t say how long ago that was! – my parents built a beach house in the beautiful Outer Banks.  The house served as a summer rental cottage until two years ago when my mother decided it was finally time to stop.  No more renters means an empty beach house calling my name on summer weekends.  It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

Every Friday night I load up the kids, the dog and surfboards for an hour and 45 minute drive to Corolla for a two day stay.  Going to a beach house every weekend is indeed a blessing, but it has its challenges as well.  Packing, meals, and hours in the car which has to be loaded and unloaded in the summer heat.  So how do we stay healthy during our weekly excursions?

The first health challenge I face is Friday night’s dinner.  It would be so easy to zip through a fast food joint for a quick meal on the go.  But that means loading the kids up with french fries, fatty burgers and soda.  Do they really need that every seven days?

My solution is to pack healthy sandwiches and snacks for our road trip picnic, as well as several bottles of chilled water.  And my water is the best of all, because it now contains an On the Go packet of Crystal Light Enhanced Metabolism+.  Imagine ice cold green tea and peach mango in place of a bottle of plain old water.  YUM.

I have to say that reviewing the new Crystal Light Enhanced line was no great chore.  On the contrary – the Metabolism+ is absolutely delicious.  The metabolism benefit is simply icing on the cake.  Since I am finally off of my weight loss plateau and am now in the “you have lost so much weight!” mode, I am happy to carry my single serve packets everywhere.

Another tip for staying healthy on the go?  Skip the convenience foods no matter how cheap they are and easy to pack.  Instead, head over to your local warehouse store and purchase a big tub of fresh fruit.  When we are away I keep a large container of cherries or strawberries on the counter for snacking.  Surprisingly, the kids go for the fruit over everything else, especially after a hot few hours on the beach.

beach strawberries

And speaking of the beach, remember to carry water with you as you travel.  Every night I pour a bit of water out of a new water bottle and place it in the freezer.  When I’m ready to head out the next day I refill the empty space and take my bottle along.  The heat slowly melts the ice, keeping my drink nice and cold.  Remember, reusable bottles are a green way to stay healthy too.

This past weekend brought a heat wave like no other.  We sat on the beach as the thermometer clocked 105 degrees.  Next to me?  My trusty bottle of water and Crystal Light To Go packet.

crystal light review

The sun, the ocean and plenty of fresh water.  Pure heaven!

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  2. injaynesworld
    02 August 2010, 12:25 pm

    I always have water and healthy stuff to munch on so I don’t get so hungry I start craving a Big Mac. I carry carrot sticks, trail mix, bananas — things that will get me through to when I can get home and fixing a decent meal.


    Jen Reply:

    Which is why you have a size 4 ass.


    injaynesworld Reply:

    OMG! You’re everywhere.


    Jen Reply:

    Katherine and I go way back. Why doesn’t your comment show up?

    injaynesworld Reply:

    How the hell would I know why my comment doesn’t show up? I can’t even believe you’re asking me, of all people, that question.


    Katherine Reply:

    I fixed the comment problem! Woo hoo!

  3. Mami2jcn
    02 August 2010, 3:27 pm

    I bring a food journal with me on vacation and keep track of calories consumed.


  4. Jen
    02 August 2010, 5:24 pm

    We have a cabin on a lake an hour away and though I haven’t made it up there much this summer when I have I go through the drive thru. I wish I was as organized as you. I love your water/ice idea and I love Crystal Light!


  5. Carmen
    02 August 2010, 9:57 pm

    Pick me, pick me!!! I so need the $100 right about now. Back to school and all that nonsense – but at least we will be there another year!

    Oh, wait – was there supposed to be a theme to my comment? It’s about how I love water. And I DO drink it all day long…


  6. cardiogirl
    03 August 2010, 6:19 am

    I’ve been living on those packets. I fill a 32-ounce bottle of water about 1/4 and then leave it on its side in the freezer so I end up with a vertical ice cube.

    Once it’s frozen I fill it with water and add my Crystal Light. That way I have an icy cold drink for a couple of hours.

    p.s. I love the Fruit Punch but I haven’t tried those flavored Pure Fitness/Energy concoctions. The combos seem interesting but I haven’t indulged yet. Have you tried the Cherry Pomegranate?


  7. Speciality
    03 August 2010, 4:14 pm

    The outer banks have some beautiful beaches. Brought back some memories. Sounds like a similar routine I was in. Thanks. Ohh, and interesting article!


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  9. Linda
    03 August 2010, 10:45 pm

    Hi, I used to drink crystal light years ago when it came in little tubs within a canister. Maybe I should give it another try. Thanks for the healthful and informative article. The beach shots are lovely, too.


  10. Man Over Board
    05 August 2010, 5:14 pm

    I am one of those all or nothing kind of guy, meaning either I live totally healthy or I smoke cigs and eat all the wrong foods, ie Taco Bell etc,,

    Well since I quit cigarettes using my electronic cigarettes to wean me off them I am back to healthy living and honest to God Crystal Light is always in my fridge when I don’t want just water. I would never think such a small amount of powder can make such a difference in the taste of a quart or more of plain water, but it does and it tastes great to boot.

    Honestly I have no idea how many flavors CL comes in now, I stick to ice tea or strawberry. But I can vouch that it’s a great product and one I give an endorsement for. For what’s that’s worth :-)


  11. fort wayne movers
    05 August 2010, 5:55 pm

    So what do these Crystal Light packets actually do? Just add flavoring to the water?


  12. Jeannie
    06 August 2010, 2:01 am

    I have chronic gastroparesis and live on a liquid diet. I love these Crystal Light packets to put in my water bottles! I live in the Virginia Beach area, so I know all about going to the beach, but my every day life is full of looking for different ways to have good tasting liquids and Crystal Light with it’s different flavors are wonderful! Enjoy the end of the summer….


  13. Jill H
    06 August 2010, 2:26 am

    Love Crystal Light packets to take on the go. Thanks for the chance to win!


  14. Belinda
    06 August 2010, 10:08 am

    Yep, it sounds like I need to give Crystal light another go!


  15. Megan
    06 August 2010, 1:29 pm

    It may not be the healthiest thing, but in the summer for cookouts and BBQ’s, my girlfriends and I like to put crystal light packets in our light beers. I’m not a big beer fan, but it makes it so tasty and it can keep down the calories and sugar we’d take in by drinking fancy cocktails with fruit juice in them. Try the pink lemonade..yum!


  16. Kristen
    06 August 2010, 2:01 pm

    I’ve seen those little packets, but have never tried them. What a good idea!


  17. Christy aka Mamarazzi
    07 August 2010, 9:04 am

    Crystal Light…..Yum!
    My main rule when I’m on the go is to eat half. Most restaraunts just give too much food for one serving size. You can stil enjoy eating good food while on vacation or on the run, just eat less of it and you will save tons of calories.


  18. Diane T
    07 August 2010, 3:04 pm

    I always drink lots of water and the lemonade flavor Crystal Light is tasty. I try to walk instead of ride whenever possible, stairs not elevators in hotels and walk not drive to restaurants (weather/distance permitting). Just have to remember that you have to walk back. :-)


  19. Lisa
    07 August 2010, 10:54 pm

    i haven’t heard of the metobolism ones. i love regular crystal light but never tried any other flavors. i haven’t done the single either because it seems like the water I pick up is never the right size so i worry about how it’ll taste.


  20. Erin Walsh
    08 August 2010, 1:39 pm

    Fresh fruit travels anywhere, and it’s a great snack. Nuts and cheese, along with a fresh loaf of bread and you have a whole meal that you can eat in the car without a big mess.


  21. Nancy
    08 August 2010, 2:21 pm

    I love the Raspberry Lemonade! My kids do too. When we go to the beach we also take fresh fruit and water. It is so refreshing in the heat!


  22. Misty VanEpps
    08 August 2010, 5:18 pm

    wow. i would love to win! could deffinetly use the $100.
    Thanks for the opportunity.


  23. Bonny Sallee
    08 August 2010, 10:39 pm

    While on vacation I make sure I always have a water bottle. I get a refrigerator in the hotel room and put fruit and salads in it.


    09 August 2010, 1:38 am



  25. tamijean
    09 August 2010, 9:32 am

    I love the convinence of crystal light packets. I too freeze the water and then add.


  26. Angela Slaughter
    10 August 2010, 12:07 pm

    We LOVE the Crystal Light packets in this house. I love them b/c I don’t like plain water and need some flavor! And my kids love them b/c they get to add the packet of their choice and shake away.


  27. Richard James
    10 August 2010, 1:52 pm

    Right now Sobe Vitamin waters are on sale 10 for a dollar each on there website its easy to win a buy one get one free coupon daily for every ten I buy for $5.40 I freeze them in cups that fit in my hand crank ice shaver not much sugar lots of flavor and real cheap way to stay hydrated with pleanty of vitamins try it


  28. BrendaLea
    10 August 2010, 9:10 pm

    Love my icy cold water with a flavor packet from time to time. Along with nuts, seeds, popcorn, crackers to ward off hunger pangs.


  29. Amy
    11 August 2010, 11:40 am

    Now that I’m a mom, we don’t go anywhere without healthy snacks. I’m the walking snack machine. Want some fruit? Your wish is granted.Also, water is a must.


  30. meeyeehere
    11 August 2010, 12:31 pm

    I always carry granola in my bag if I know I am gonna be away from my house for a while and I carry bottled water. When I am on the road I always choose the healthiest options at fast food places like the baked potato with only salt and pepper or some places have veggie burgers and I will eat those or a salad.


  31. sue
    11 August 2010, 8:05 pm

    adding lime to my water gives me a change of pace! $100 would buy a lot of limes!


  32. Jessie C.
    12 August 2010, 12:00 pm

    During vacation, we pack snacks and fresh fruit that from farmer’s market or grocery stores nearby and always have water bottle by side.


  33. kristi
    13 August 2010, 2:06 pm

    I stop at the grocery store as soon as I get into town and pick up some healthy food. I always get a room with at least a mini fridge and microwave. It helps my budget and waistline to cook a little in the room. :)


  34. shel
    14 August 2010, 8:49 pm

    I try to pack a few snacks in my carry-on to take with me when we go somewhere. It saves us money and I’m eating better than grabbing an airport cookie when the munchies strike. Those Crystal Light packets would be great to pack in my suitcase. I like bottled water when we’re on the go but plain water can get boring really fast.


  35. Amy V
    20 August 2010, 5:16 pm

    I stay hydrated by drinking half my body weight in ounces of water per day. Now, I can’t do all that with plain water. I flavor with Crystal Light…esp pink lemonadge. I also take some plain almonds with me for a quick protein boost.


  36. Sarah L
    22 August 2010, 4:47 pm

    I always have water & snacks with me and stay away from fast food places. Thanks for the contest.


  37. Tabathia B
    27 August 2010, 12:26 pm

    I always keep bottles of water, peanuts and trailmix with me and we try to do buffet if we eat out
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com


  38. Sarah L
    29 August 2010, 5:21 pm

    I keep Laura bars handy and always have water with me. Thanks for the contest.


  39. barbara wright
    30 August 2010, 12:55 pm

    Oooh – I love Crystal Light – especially freezing it to make popsicles in the summertime!


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