For some cruise fans, one of the most relaxing aspects of a cruise is the delicious food that’s always available – with no prep, cooking, or clean-up required on your part. But some wonder if the abundance of food will challenge their commitment to healthy eating. Fear not: it’s possible to eat well and healthfully throughout a cruise. Here are some simple strategies.
Don’t skip breakfast. Start each day with a meal that satisfies your
hunger and gives you energy for an active day. Choices like a made-to-order
omelet loaded with veggies, oatmeal with fruit, a tall green smoothie, or an acai
bowl with granola can give you a tasty, nutritious start to the day.
At lunch or dinner, control portion size by ordering an appetizer in
place of an entree. Choosing an appetizer or two as a main course is also a fun
way to try some new tastes; avoidance of oversized entrees is just a side
benefit. You can also ask for a half-portion of an entrée; cruise ship culinary
staff are typically happy to accommodate such requests.
At any meal, ask your server for a side of steamed or roasted
vegetables. They’ll help fill you up and provide plenty of nutrients.
Ask for sauces and dressings on the side. Delicious sauces can be high
in fat or salt; when served on the side, you can add just a little to your dish.
If you visit the ship’s buffet, start with a big, leafy salad. The
buffet is a quick and convenient dining option, but is often laden with foods –
like pizzas, pasta, and desserts – you may want to avoid. If you’re still
hungry post-salad, treat yourself to a taste of whatever dish tempts you most.
Drink lots of water. Staying well-hydrated while you cruise is good for
you in many ways and can help you feel full enough to resist a stop at the ship’s
ice cream parlor.
Limit alcohol intake. Alcoholic drinks can be as full of sugar and
calories as a dessert. When you do choose to enjoy an alcoholic beverage, ask the
bartender to recommend a lighter option – perhaps a hard seltzer, white wine, or
vodka with club soda and lime.
Finally, remember that you’re on a wonderful cruise! Be sure to relax
and eat slowly, savoring each bite and sip.
To learn more about dining options on today’s cruise ships – including
spa restaurants – talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.