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How to Stay Healthy on Holiday

For me going on holiday involves relaxing, exploring and enjoying all things food. I Have not long returned from a lovely holiday to Gran Canaria, where I most certainly did all of the above! However, often the hardest thing is about finding the balance between staying healthy/maintaining your progress whilst also enjoying and indulging in all things food and culture.

For me, the key to finding this balance is in fact quite simple: take things back to their basics! This applies to many things such as exercise, food, treats, sleep, and relaxation. If this balance is achieved you’ll have one feel-good holiday. For example, I ensured I ate good food, went for lots of strolls (even if that was only to the shop to get some chocci ;)) had a good nights sleep, and importantly allowed some time to chill. I will be sharing with you my tips on how to have a great holiday and feel on top of your game at the same time.

  • Healthy airport snacks

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    Hippeas chickpea puffs, a Fulfil cookies and cream protein bar, some nuts, and Fruit-tella sugar-free fruit foams.

I love the buzz of the airport. For me, the holiday starts as soon as I’m in the airport. This is the time that I’ll buy my snacks for the plane because who doesn’t love snacking on the plane?! Typically I’ll buy a protein bar, a packet of nuts and a small sweet something, this way you’re less tempted to fall for the sugar-filled plane snacks. To the right are a few of the snacks I purchased.

  • Be as active as possible

By this, I don’t mean spending hours in the hotel gym  (because let’s face hotel gyms can be seriously hit or miss 😂) or even going for a 5 mile jog. I’m talking about making smaller changes such as taking the stairs instead of the lift, walking to the nearest beach or having a stroll around the local area. It just so happens that there was a massive hill (called Lomo de Tabaibales) near my hotel which of course I had to walk up, and I’m so glad I did as the views were stunning…even if it was in unpractical pretty sandals. I love going for a morning or evening walk as I find it really relaxing, and it encourages mindfulness – something we could all focus on more.

  • Plenty of good foods

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Wholewheat spaghetti with tuna in tomato sauce, olive and strips of Edam.
Firstly I’ll visit the local supermarket to buy my essentials and to see what foods are available. Then I’ll do a rough plan of dinners that are full of micronutrients, protein, carbs etc. I don’t plan lunches or breakfast as I like to eat what I fancy on holiday, but I find planning dinner helps me to reach my macros. For example, some meals that I cooked this holiday include tuna and wholemeal spaghetti with olives, noodles with sardines, tomatoes and chickpeas, and a chickpea and egg Buddha bowl.

 

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An example of some of the foods I purchased once I had completed my meal plan.

For an all-inclusive holiday, the temptation can be a lot harder when it comes to meal times what with the never-ending buffet full of yummy desserts…so tempting! For breakfast I’ll go for foods high in good fats and protein, and also carbs e.g scrambled eggs on toast with an avocado or oats with some fruit. For lunch and dinner I will always put my side salad on my plate first, then find a healthy protein source and some carbs, and of course, if there is a dessert I like, I’ll have it (in moderation!)

 

Below are some of the dinners I had whilst on my holiday:

  • Pack a few things from home

As I know my protein intake tends to be lower on holiday, I pack some of my favourite protein bars from Grenade and Fulfill, which you can also buy from the airport. Also, instant oat pots such as those from ‘Oomf’ are great for a protein boost. Another thing I’ll pack are mini bags of salt, pepper, and other spices/ herbs to really add flavour to any food that I cook.

  • Enjoy yourself!IMG_7845[1]

Eat healthily, try to be active, and make time for you to unwind. Ultimately you’re on holiday, so of course, you have to indulge in a few drinks and nice food, but the key is to balance this out by making healthier choices elsewhere. Your progress and hard work will not be ruined over the duration of your holiday, in fact, you’ll probably return feeling full of energy and ready to smash some more personal bests!

I hope this blog post has proved that you can have your cake and eat it…quite literally 😉

Jazz B ❤

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Lidl Healthy Food Haul

What with the next academic year approaching, now is the time to get my savvy-shopper game on… so what better than taking a lidl trip down to Lidl? 😉

Getting your weekly essentials for a cheap price takes practice, but once you figure out what you like and where you can get it cheapest from, you’re practically set! Because I snack on whole foods such as nuts and seeds, which are quite pricey, I’ve found the best places to buy these are from Grape Tree, Tesco and now Lidl.

Normally I’m a Tesco kinda girl, but having been into Lidl for the first time I was pleasantly surprised! My total shop came to roughly £8.00, compared to other supermarkets where it would be at least over £10.00. However, this wasn’t a full shop, more like an impulse-buying healthy snack sesh :’)

Conveniently, my uni house is located near an Aldi which offers pretty similar foods to Lidl, so expect more student foodie hacks to come! Even if there isn’t a Lidl near you, you could still use this haul for inspo as to how to spice up your weekly food shop.

1.Weetabix Protein CrunchIMG_7096

I’ve been so desperate to try these ever since I saw them on Instagram! I think this was just what the cereal isle needed. Although there is 6g of sugar per 30g, they do fit into my macros nicely what with the added protein…and they’re chocolate, so I’m one happy foodie! (£1.99)

2. Cashew nuts & AlmondsIMG_7093

I absolutely love cashew nuts, they make the perfect light snack and are packed full of good fats and protein. For this 200g bag, it was only £1.72. The almonds were £1.39 and are great sprinkled on porridge.

 

3. CheeseIMG_7094

Feta is so tasty when sprinkled onto salads, omelettes or in a baked sweet potato. This cost only £0.99. I  also picked up Quark for £0.75 which is another great protein source.

 

4. Passion FruitIMG_7095

I don’t often get exotic fruit like this, but this was such a good price at £1.20 and will taste fab in a smoothie bowl.

 

 

5. Dark ChocolateIMG_7097

I love putting dark chocolate in my porridge, it’s the best when it melts and you’ve got a puddle of chocolatey goodness! This bar was only £0.89 which is great considering its 74% cocoa.

 

6. Lemon Juice IMG_7098

I don’t normally buy lemon juice, but this was only £0.32 and there is so much you can do with it…watch this space 😉

 

 

 

Jazzy B ❤