If you’re planning a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando this year, you’re probably looking forward to their Las Vegas-style shows and lightening-speed roller coasters. However, if you’re trying to diet while on vacation, you may have already compiled a list of things you can’t eat or drink, including those fruity Hawaiian drinks complete with a festive umbrella. Deciding what you can and can’t eat may pose a real challenge for vacationers looking to cut loose.
No worries. Before you fret about calorie counting or carb intake, read these simple tips on how to stay healthy while still enjoying your vacation at Universal Studios.
Look for a fit-friendly hotel: A lot of hotels boast about their on-site gyms, but you really don’t know what they have to offer unless you do a little research. Some hotels call a treadmill and three dumbbells a gym. So, if you want to make sure that your hotel stay will feature a state-of-the-art fitness center, call before you book to get specifics.
Eat breakfast: Stay away from heavy foods like greasy bacon or buttery waffles. They’ll only make you feel sluggish after a few rides.
Try some of these breakfast solutions:
- Oatmeal with blueberries
- Hard-boiled egg and a slice of whole wheat toast
- Scrambled eggs and a bowl of fruit
- Low-fat yogurt smoothie
Stay hydrated: Avoid soda, even diet soda, sugary juice and frozen drinks. Stick to water. It will make you feel full, so you’re less inclined to over indulge. It will also help prevent heat exhaustion.
Choose the lighter sides: Most food vendors at Universal now offer both fries and side salads for adult meals. Kids can choose from fries or a side of fruit. It’s tough to avoid those fried, salted treats, but choosing the healthier option will not only leave you more energized, you will feel better knowing that you are adhering to a healthy lifestyle.
And finally, try some of the healthiest restaurants near Universal.
2228 S. Kirkman Road, Orlando
With a wide array of soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps, you are sure to find some great alternatives to burgers and fries.
9188 International Drive, Orlando
Instead of standing in line at a Chinese buffet merely consisting of greasy noodles and chicken, opt for the freshly-prepared stir fry that Ming Court has to offer.
Salt Island Chophouse & Fish Market:
7500 International Drive, Orlando
Seafood junkies are sure to love this dining establishment. With menu options such as grilled scallops and key-lime garlic shrimp, you will easily find a meal that won’t ruin your diet.
February 20th, 2011