I flew in late last night from a fabulous 5 day trip to California – a first for both my husband and me – and can’t help but already miss the active lifestyle and good eats I got on the West Coast. (Sneak Peek: More to come on how I managed to stay active even on vacation later this week!) Although, to be honest, missing vacation is probably a foregone conclusion after having already returned to my desk job on only a few hours of sleep.
Nevertheless, whether it is the fresh seafood or killer fruits and vegetables (California leads the nation in production of fruits, vegetables, and nuts), the Golden State is notorious for its abundance of healthy eats. So, I was not too concerned about what my next meal would be on this particular vacation. (B and I are planning to spend New Years in Paris, and something tells me it will be a lot more difficult to stick to my low carb lifestyle in a place where croissants are just as popular as avocados are in Cali.)
My main tip for maintaining a health diet on vacation, while not feeling like you are missing out, is to do some research beforehand to find out what you have to eat and where the best place is to get it. In San Francisco, that’s cioppino, a fish stew filled with dungeness crab, shrimp, and other assorted shellfish. Also, know what you just won’t compromise on, and stick to that decision even after you get there. For me, that was sourdough bread. Although a local classic, I just refused to take any part in it. Finally, be ready to stretch your diet a little bit more than you would at home… you are on vacation after all. I would be lying if I said I didn’t have a bit of dark chocolate on this trip and probably more alcohol than I normally would drink in a 3 month period. But, seriously, how many times will I really be in Wine Country?
Using these three tips, I truly felt like I got the most of California cuisine without the guilt of compromising my eating standards. Here are some of my favorite healthy & delicious eats from throughout our trip:
I’d love to see some of your vacation food shots, too!! Tweet or e-mail them to me, and they could be featured in a future post on the site!
xoxo – SavvySleever