Is it really Wednesday already? Time has just been flying by this summer and soon all the kidos will be back in school. This is the time of summer where families are taking their final vacations before getting back into their school year routines. Vacation shouldn’t be used as an excuse to get off track with your goals. We work so hard to be swimsuit ready for summer vacations but then go off the rails on vacation and ruin all the hard work and progress we’ve made. Here are a few things that I always try to do when on vacation to stay on track with my goals but still have fun and enjoy vacay.
- Exercise – I will always find time to fit in a workout a day when on vacation. For me, it is easiest to do it first thing in the morning. That way, I have the rest of the day to relax and do whatever I want without stressing or trying to figure out when I am going to fit in my workout. Depending on where I am vacationing, I will do a workout in the gym if one is available or a body weight workout outside. These workouts don’t have to be hours long, either. Get a good sweat going for 20-30 minutes and you will feel refreshed and ready for the day.
- Eat a hearty and healthy breakfast – I always make sure to eat a hearty and healthy breakfast when on vacation because sometimes, I am not sure when I will have the chance to eat next. With having a larger meal in the morning, it keeps me satisfied longer and I am less likely to binge on unhealthy options later in the day.
- Drink lots of water – This is sometimes the hardest one for me because we are usually always doing something and usually have some sort of cocktail in hand. It has been working for me to have an alcoholic beverage and then drink a full bottle of water before enjoying another cocktail.
- Eat what I want – I used to go on vacations and not allow myself to indulge a little bit. Well, I would usually end up failing a day or two in (because I was deprived) and I’d end up eating unhealthy foods for the remainder of the vacation. Now, I make mindful decisions and enjoy other foods in moderation when I want them.
- Get back to my routine – The second I am home from my vacation it is back to my routine. Back to the gym, back to prepping meals and back to tracking my foods. If I felt like I may have eaten too much while on vacation I don’t deprive myself when I get home. I just get back to my “normal” and back to consistency.
These are just 5 simple things that I have found that works for me when going on vacation. I still really enjoy all the vacations I go on, I do not deprive myself and I don’t over indulge. Because of doing these things, I don’t feel horrible about myself after vacation and what I allowed myself to eat. Instead, I feel happy and refreshed and usually excited to get back to my routine.
This is the perfect summer meal to add to your weekly menu. It is simple, doesn’t call for a lot of ingredients and is easy to throw together. Enjoy!
Fiesta Lime Shrimp and Zucchini Bowls
Serves 4 bowls
- 2 zucchinis
- 2 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1 tblsp coconut oil
- 1 lb shrimp, de-tailed
- 1-2 tblsp Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime seasoning*
- Juice of 1 lime, separated
- 4 – 6 Kabob skewers
- Place the coconut oil in a skillet on the stove over medium heat
- Using a spiralizer, spiralize your zucchini into noodles and add to the skillet with the coconut oil. Let cook for 3-5 minutes and add the cherry tomatoes. Stirring occasionally, once the tomatoes start to shrivel, take off heat (3-5 more minutes).**
- If shrimp is wet, pat dry with a paper towel. Place the de-tailed shrimp in a medium bowl and toss with the Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime seasoning and fresh lime juice from 1/2 of the lime.
- Place the shrimp on the kabob skewers and grill the shrimp 3-5 minutes each side
- To compile the bowl, first add the zucchini and tomato mixture, add shrimp and squeeze additional lime juice on top – eat up!
*Depending on how spicy you want this meal to be, add less or more of the seasoning. I used 2 tblsp and thought it was pretty spicey.
** I have this spiralizer and love it!