At our EWR Airport parking company, we know a cruise vacation is exciting in itself, but what makes it even more exciting is the all-inclusive aspect of it. It’s always fun to try lots of different foods and be able to order room service at nearly any hour, but it’s all too easy to go overboard (pun intended). Though it may be tempting to indulge, if you limit your food intake and stick to healthier foods rather than sugars and fats, your waistline will thank you after you get home.
You’re on a cruise. Which means you’re in the middle of the ocean. Which means you’ll probably find a wide array of fish options for both lunch and dinner. Fish is a great healthy alternative to meats like beef and pork – it’s chalk full of protein and omega fats. Just make sure the dish you choose isn’t swimming in sauce, which can add unwanted calories.
Most cruise ship salad bars aren’t like the ones at your local neighborhood restaurant – they’re full of ways to jazz up a plain plate of lettuce. Pile yours high with veggies and some protein and you’ll have a tasty meal that will fill you up more than you expect it to. But don’t ruin it by choosing a fatty, caloric dressing. Stick to a vinaigrette or light option.
What’s more refreshing than a big plate of fruit on a hot day? Quell your sweet tooth with fruits instead of sweets like ice cream or cake. Lean toward super-healthy antioxidant-rich fruits like blueberries or strawberries or reach for bananas, which are full of potassium and vitamins.
When the drinks are “free,” it’s hard not to indulge in one of everything. But mixed drinks and cocktails are full of sugar and empty calories, so reach for a light beer or a glass of wine instead. You’ll still get the satisfaction of a drink, but without all the extra stuff you don’t need.
Pancakes & Waffles
It’s hard to resist the smell of pancakes and waffles – especially if they’re sitting right in front of you at a breakfast buffet. But these sweets are full of carbs and refined sugars, and they won’t give you a good start to your day. Instead, head for the scrambled eggs or the make-your-own omelet station.
When it comes to foods that are bad for you, ice cream is pretty self-explanatory. Loaded with calories, sugar, and fat, your tummy may be temporarily satisfied after a bowl of ice cream, but your waistline sure won’t. If you simply have to have ice cream, opt for frozen yogurt instead.
From dinner rolls to croissants to biscuits and more, bread is nearly everywhere you look when you’re on a cruise. But unless you’re eating a sandwich, you really don’t need to be taking in extra bread carbs. So instead of reaching for the bread basket while you’re waiting for your dinner, drink lots of water. It will fill you up more than you think, and you’ll feel a lot better.
As we said before, cocktails like pina coladas, strawberry daiquiris, and margaritas are nearly all sugar and therefore, all bad carbs. If beer and wine aren’t your thing, you can still enjoy a tropical concoction by asking the bartender to make you a low-calorie or light mixed drink.
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