My wife and I recently went on a short road trip to Ottawa, Ontario. It was a quick getaway to break out of our daily routine. Ottawa is the nation’s capital and the fourth largest urban region in Canada. It is a beautiful city with many museums & galleries, recreational activities and more. (City of Ottawa)
Many people find it difficult to stick to their healthy habits during their vacation and often overindulge. They slip out of their daily routine. However, there are a few tips and tricks to help keep you on track (and save some extra cash).
Pack Healthy Meals & Snacks
Since we were driving to Ottawa and did not have restrictions, we packed up our cooler bags with food and snacks for our trip. We packed some fruits, vegetables, sandwiches and healthy snack bars. When we arrived around lunchtime, we chowed down on a healthy meal instead of unhealthy fast food.
Stop by your Local Grocery Store
When we travel, we always stop at a local grocery store. It’s an easy way to pick up healthy snacks including fruit, yogurt, bread, cheese and more. Although there are plenty of great restaurants in Ottawa, this was much more cost-effective.
Here are some easy on the go meal/snack items you can pick up while traveling:
- Bread / Baguettes (Whole wheat or multigrain)
- Cheese (not processed)
- Vegetables (including pre-cut and washed)
- Fruits (including pre-cut and washed fruit)
- Oatmeal (no sugar added)
- Peanut butter / Nut butter
- Healthy snack bars (no preservatives and as little sugar as possible)
- Apple Sauce or fruit cups (no sugar added)
There are more options depending on whether you have a kitchen at your hotel, Airbnb or rental unit. If you have a stovetop for cooking you can pick up some easy to make meals like pasta and tomato sauce (low sodium and sugar). I recommend a pasta made out of chickpea and/or lentil flour which is low carb and high protein (from 11g to 23g of protein per serving, depending on brand). For those of you who are interested, this pasta is typically gluten-free as well (check for the certification symbol).
We booked a hotel with a small kitchenette (microwave, mini-fridge, and sink). This enabled us to prepare some quick healthy meals. It cost us about $10 more per night but saved us from going out to local restaurants, since we were on a budget.
Portion Control and Smart Choices at the Breakfast Buffet
Our reservation also included a complimentary breakfast. My suggestion for breakfast buffets would be to stick items such as a healthy omelet, yogurt, fruits, and whole wheat toast or bagels. You can splurge on a few treats but limit your portions. Everything in moderation. Secondly, do not go back for seconds, unless it is for fruit. Stay away from the bacon!!!!
Location, Location, Location…
We booked a hotel in the downtown area which was only a short walk away from Parliament Hill. We parked the car at the hotel and walked everywhere we went. We love to go places where we don’t have to drive everywhere. It enabled us to get in extra steps and stay fit during our trip.
Ottawa is a pedestrian friendly city and not to mention the numerous bike paths around the downtown core. We noted that the city encourages biking, as we passed an electronic sign counting the number of bikers that had passed a certain point. There were over 100 000 bikers that had passed this point this year!
In addition, there are several tour buses that can give you a one day pass with several pick up and drop off points around the city at various museums and notable locations. It’s a great way to see the city.
Be sure to leave a comment if you found this article helpful or if it affected your wellness journey in a positive way.
Please note that this is not a promotional post and I am in no way affiliated with the City of Ottawa, Farm Boy or the Rideau Center.