You're dieting in the lead-up to your cruise but are your health food choices helping or hurting you?
Everyone wants to be in good shape before hitting the pool in swimmers, being in all those holiday photos or fit enough to enjoy activities like snorkeling, exploring islands and other shore tours. When you're onboard the cruise, you might want to let loose and indulge in our gourmet buffet, but in the countdown to your break, it's a great idea to eat healthy and get your body out of its sluggish routine.
Here are 5 tips for choosing your health food carefully to avoid being fooled by certain packaging and health hype.
Fruit-flavoured yoghurt will be plastered with 2% fat or 0% fat labels, however, to compensate they are filled with a high sugar content - even those that contain natural fruit. In fact, many people choose natural yoghurt thinking it is a guilt-free snack but even this option often has sugar listed in the ingredients. Try to find yoghurt that is fat free and sugar free and add some cinnamon, nuts or sultanas to give it extra flavour.
Sure, muesli will always be a better option than frosted flakes and chocolate coco pops. But it can also be equivalent to eating crushed biscuits for breakfast if you look at the ingredients of some brands. Toasted muesli is almost always packed with sugar or honey and contains oils to make it nice and crisp and will give you an initial sugar kick but do nothing for your waistline. Try to find natural muesli with oats, bran, not too much dried fruit and potentially wholesome seeds and nuts.
It seems like the fresh disciplined choice but all that white rice can be incredibly bloating and in spite of the goodness of fish and vegetables, the main ingredient gives you absolutely no nutrition as it has no fibre. If you can find brown rice this is far superior and will keep you nourished and feeling fuller for longer. All that salty soy sauce will also have you craving sweet drinks like iced tea or soft drinks afterwards, which are both packed with sugar.
The ingredients are often exactly the same as you would find in a cake. The presence of fruit like apple or banana pear doesn't change the fact that they are still packed with sugar and butter or oil.
5. Trail Mix
It seems like the perfect thing to snack on but dried fruits contain so much more sugar than fresh fruit. If you do want to snack on a mix try making your own as pre-packaged mixes include banana chips, which are high in fat and usually deep-fried, and yoghurt-covered sultanas, which can contain saturated and trans fats.
For more ideas on healthy eating, check out our interview with nutritionist Shannon Flavell on how to get your kids eating for optimum sleep to avoid tantrums while on holiday.