Camping is a time for roasted marshmallows, smores and dining on potato chips while the ribs are cooking. Unfortunately, all of these activities will leave you struggling with weight and battling guilt. You may feel like you will just have to give up the snacks completely, but that isn’t necessary. Here are some tips to help you enjoy the snacks without the guilt or pounds.
If you indulge in smores with the kids, then work off the extra calories by grabbing the flashlight and taking a late-night hike. You will work work off some calories, get yourself nice and tired before bed and you will also get to enjoy the evening wildlife. If you’re on the road and indulge in a cupcake, then take a long walk and stretch your legs at the next rest stop. You can swim a few extra laps at the campground pool when you arrive, take the kids out on paddleboats or go out on the bikes. When you head out to exercise, try to take a buddy with you for safety.
Salty snacks are delicious and can really hit the spot when you’re traveling, but the extra sodium can leave you retaining water and feeling uncomfortable. When you reach for a salty snack, leave the carbonated beverages behind. Drink extra water instead to help flush the sodium from your body.
Prepare some healthy snacks before you leave and keep them handy in the car. Fruit salad is an excellent choice that is sweet and filling. Rinse the fruit thoroughly and you can pluck pieces of grapes, apples and pineapple using just your fingers. You can also make up your own trail mix using bags of nuts, seeds and dried fruit.
There is no replacement for moderation. When you reach for a snack, you should also reach for a napkin or bowl. Put a small amount on the napkin, allow yourself to enjoy that set amount, and then make a conscious decision not to have any more. Savor the snack and enjoy it completely by eating slowly.
You can enjoy snacks while traveling in your RV and camping. Find ways to work in some exercise and make a conscious effort to drink more water. Choose healthy snacks and eat everything in moderation. With a little effort and some smart choices, you can enjoy your snacks without feeling guilty or packing on the pounds.