The Slender Vacation: Preparation

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Preparation tips for staying slender while on vacation! | The Slender Student I mentioned in July Things  that I spent the last week in Lake Tahoe with the fam. While most people think of vacations as prime time to abandon their diets, I took a different approach. Between happy hours, goodbye dinners, and late nights on West Sixth Street, it’s been pretty difficult for me to keep it slender this summer in Austin. So instead of throwing caution and calories to the wind, I decided to challenge myself to keep it as healthy as possible during my trip, staying as close to the Tone It Up plan as possible.

If you follow any fitness or health accounts on Instagram, then the saying “fail to prep, prep to fail” has either become part of your life’s mantra or incredibly trite. Regardless of its overuse, the adage is true. For me, prepping for this trip meant throwing together meals and snacks for travel days, and packing some things to have around the house for the week.

Travel day started early, so I made sure to have breakfast ready to go. The night before my trip, I went ahead and cooked up a Perfect Fit Pancake and made it into a protein pancake PB&J sandwich (recipe to follow). I wrapped it in foil, refrigerated it, and put it in my carry on tote so I could eat it once we got to the terminal. A Health Warrior chia seed bar and Luna protein bar went in there as well since I knew we wouldn’t be eating lunch until after our flight (around 3 pm my time).

To cover me for the rest of the trip, I packed security-friendly items, knowing I’d be able to buy fresh produce at the grocery once we settled into Tahoe– more on that later this week. For breakfast, I knew I’d be able to rely on more protein pancakes, so I scooped 10 individual servings of vanilla whey protein powder into snack size Ziploc baggies. No brainer. I also grabbed some other snack items– Oatmega bars, Luna bars, Health Warrior chia seed bars, PB2, and 100 calorie packs of cocoa roast almonds. The less portion control work left to do on my trip, the better. These were the perfect snacks to throw in my bag if we were going to be out all day at the beach, on a boat, or just walking around the city.

Last but not least, I made sure my colossal Camelbak water bottle was in tow. What’s worse than dehydration? Paying $4 for a teeny water bottle at some tourist attraction.

Preparation tips for staying slender while on vacation! | The Slender Student

What are your slender trip tricks? Or are you more of the calories-don’t-count-on-vacation type?

Protein Pancake PB&J Sandwich-- the perfect healthy and portable breakfast! | The Slender Student Protein Pancake PB&J
Servings: 1 | Calories per serving: 196
Fat: 2.4 g (Sat Fat: 0.6 g) | Carbohydrate: 24.4 g | Fiber: 3.7 g| Protein: 21.3 g

ingredients:
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
2 T liquid egg whites
1/2 small banana, mashed
2 T PB2 prepared with 1 T water
3 small strawberries, sliced
2 T frozen blueberries, thawed and mashed
PAM Original nonstick spray

directions:
1. Combine the vanilla whey, egg whites, and mashed banana in a small bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.
2. In a large skillet coated with PAM over medium-low heat, split the batter to form two pancakes
3. Cook the pancakes for 3-5 minutes on each side, until golden brown
4. Remove the pancakes from the heat and allow to cool before spreading with PB2, the mashed blueberries, and a layer of sliced strawberries

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