Saturday, July 14, 2012

Some Healthy Snack Tips For the Theme Parks from Orlando's Whole Foods

One of the great things about traveling is discovering new places.
Since Whole Foods is not available to us where we live, its great to visit it on our travels. In our upcoming trip to Orlando, we will be visiting their Whole Foods location there. Sometimes eating out all the time while travelling can get pretty boring which is why whole foods is such a great place to stock up on healthy and fresh foods which will keep us well fed and happy.

As we re-discover old favorites and encounter new brands of groceries it will break the monotony of dining out.

Whole Foods also offers some great tips on: Healthy Snacks for The Theme Parks

Wizards and whales and mice…oh my!  Summers in Orlando are full of memory making moments and an array of meal choices.  From burgers and fries to pizza and sodas finding nutritious snacks can be a challenge. 

Here are a few tips to keep your family fed without breaking the bank or the diet.

Pack your own snacks.  Although coolers are not permitted in most theme parks, a backpack with snacks is perfectly acceptable.  Try stopping by the local Whole Foods Market and stock up on snacks that are compact and easy to carry.  Rather than selecting the usual chips and candy, opt for more nutrient packed fruits and vegetables that are not only filling, but will keep you fueled for a long day of fun. 

Park Friendly Items:

·         Seedless Grapes (freeze them for a delicious cool treat in the Florida heat)
·         Apples
·         Oranges
·         Bananas
·         Baby Carrots
·         Celery Sticks
·         Edamame
·         Trail Mix of nuts and dried fruits (Whole Foods Market has a great bulk section where you can make your own!)
·         Raisins
·         Cereal Bars / Granola Bars
·         Freeze-dried Fruits

Stay hydrated.  The summer heat in Florida can be brutal, and staying hydrated is key to keeping the fun going without injury.  Be sure to pack several bottles of water in your bag to drink throughout the day.  For cold water all day long, try freezing a couple bottles over night.  This will guarantee ice cold water all throughout the day with the added bonus of keeping your other snacks cool.

A day at the parks doesn’t need to be a rollercoaster ride of sugars and salts.  With a little pre-park shopping, you can enjoy the fun and keep your family fueled, hydrated and healthy.
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