On March 18th I spent a week in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico and a day in Cozumel for a vacation. When I told two people I work with for nutrition that I did so, they wondered what I eat like on vacation. So I am going to lay it all out… what I ate on vacation with photos included.
For breakfast three of the mornings ate eggs, or rather migas (eggs with salsa), beans and a glass of fruit juice. For two other days I ate oatmeal (the best oatmeal! It had slivered almonds, popped amaranth, blueberries, cut up apple, banana, and I asked for a dash of cinnamon) and had a side of fruit salad one morning and fresh juiced strawberry, kiwi, orange juice the other morning. The other two mornings we ate at the apartment we were staying in that we rented from airbnb. I had hard boiled eggs, grapefruit, and a granola bar for breakfast.
For lunch, I had shrimp tacos and salmon carpaccio one day.
Arapas with passion fruit juice another day (made with cornmeal, almond meal, and a few other things for the “pita” bread looking part).
A giant salad another day with a large fresh juiced lime, cucumber, mint refresher. Which I don’t have a picture for because we came straight off the beach and were really hungry and didn’t have the camera.
Another day we were on tour to Chichen Itza and the buffet lunch was provided and I had grilled chicken, a side salad, and then second helping of cucumber drizzled with red wine vinegar.
I honestly can’t remember lunch for the other days since I was quite sick a few of the days on my vacation.
For snacks between meals we ate yummy Nature Valley nut bars or we ate fruit like mango, grapefruit or apples with peanut butter.
For dinner the first night I ate shrimp on top of a spinach rice with a cucumber tomato salad on the side, we also tried a steak with sauce that had grasshoppers. It was actually quite good. They were crispy and toasty tasting.
The second night we ate amazing Venezuelan food and had an Arapa, one of their national dishes, and then this other dish I am forgetting the name of but it’s pretty much fried plantains encasing some yummy beef (it’s the one that looks like a giant pancake). The other little thing in the picture is just a sample of another dish that the nice lady brought us. We also did a juice tasting at this restaurant, it was the best food experience I had the whole week!
Another night we ate at a really authentic place that wasn’t near the touristy trip and we had Arrachera.
Another night we had grilled meats with a side salad each and grilled eggplant and zucchini.
On two of the nights I was sick, I just ate hard boiled eggs and a granola bar. I had such a cold and my sinuses were also killing me, I went to bed at 9pm!
By the time I was feeling better I was so sick of Mexican food so we ended up finding sushi and the other night I just ate chicken kebabs and potatoes.
Overall, you can get a good idea of how I eat on vacation. I still like to eat as healthy as possible because that is my lifestyle. I am naturally attracted to good healthy food. Not all my food choices are the healthiest every night (the Arrachera!) but I still like to enjoy good authentic cuisine of the places I visit. Being healthy doesn’t mean being a complete health nut, you just remember to have things in moderation and have a variety of foods. I wouldn’t eat the same thing nightly at home or on a trip, but I definitely make sure to always have full servings of fruits, veggies, and proteins daily.