When you step aboard a cruise ship, you have food available to you around the clock. If you’re trying to eat healthily, a cruise can seem like a sure way to wreck your plans. After all, who can resist the temptation of having so many types of cuisine available to you at any time?
It is possible to maintain a healthy diet on a cruise ship. Here are seven tips for watching what you eat while cruising.
1. Plan Ahead
Research the menu before you embark on your cruise. You can map out your must-have dishes and balance them with lighter choices if necessary. Planning ahead gives you the chance to see what’s available and helps you discover the dishes you don’t want to miss.
2. Pace Yourself
Perhaps you’ve been planning to take advantage of every buffet since you began searching for cruises from NJ. You don’t want to miss a thing — after all, how often do you have unlimited buffets at all hours?
You can still try many buffet options without filling yourself to the brim. After all, the goal is to be satisfied with your meal, not sick afterward. Fill your plate with reasonable portions. If you’re still hungry when you’ve finished, you can go back for more. There’s no need to heap your plate to the point of overflowing — if you do, you may be tempted to clean it, even if you’re no longer hungry.
3. Choose Healthy Fruits and Vegetables
Fill at least half of your plate with produce. You probably have plenty of fresh, delectable choices whether you’re ordering from a menu or dining at the buffet. The goal is to satiate your appetite with foods that won’t eat into your calorie budget or lead you astray from a healthy diet.
4. Dine During Meal Times
Do you really need to have a second lunch at 3 p.m. just because you can? The chances are that you don’t, especially if you had a sensible lunch at noon. There’s nothing wrong with a healthy snack, but you don’t need another full plate loaded with carbs, fat, and calories. Eat your meals during meal times and snack on low-fat, high-protein foods in between.
5. Order Sauces on the Side
Putting a rich, buttery sauce on top of an otherwise healthy portion of protein can defeat the purpose of ordering a healthy dish. If you can’t resist the topping, go ahead and order it, but ask your server to put it on the side. You can enjoy the sauce by dipping your food in it or to cut back, even more, dip your fork in it before putting on a bite of food.
Take advantage of low-fat dressing for your salad. You can enjoy the taste and save yourself some calories.
6. Alternate Healthy and Heavy Meals
You’re on a cruise and you want to splurge. That’s understandable, and you don’t have to deprive yourself of the foods you’ve been looking forward to trying. If you want to indulge, make a plan. Eat a light lunch if you know you’re going to enjoy a juicy steak that evening. If you had a heavy breakfast, enjoy a light supper later.
7. Share a Dessert
You ordered the chocolate cake and the server just handed you a piece large enough to feed two or three people. Ask for more forks and dive in along with others at your table. Keep in mind that it doesn’t take a large dessert to make you feel satisfied. In fact, a too-large portion can leave you feeling sluggish, and you don’t want to be miserable for the next few hours. If you have the option to order half a portion, do so — and feel free to share it, too.
You have lots of ways to enjoy the food on your cruise without blowing your diet. You can find healthy options wherever you go, so take advantage of them while allowing yourself a splurge once in a while. After all, it’s your vacation — enjoy it!
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.