Standard Breakfast at our Hotel in Capri: Cappuccino & Pastries
I’m definitely one of those people who likes to indulge, food wise, on vacation. And even more so when we’re in a place like Italy! You truly cannot get pasta and pizza in the States like they make it there, so all the more reason to go big while you’re there. That said, I don’t normally eat a whole pizza for lunch or a heaping plate of pasta every night for dinner (topped off with several glasses of red wine and gelato), so my body could use a surge of extra healthy eating to get back on track this week.
I call this effort my post vacation detox. Detox is probably too strong of a word, as I won’t be consuming just raw juices or something for the next week. This is just my method and meal structure for getting things back in balance after a period heavy on the dairy, sugar, and carbs. Here’s what my meal plan looks like :
Beverages: Tons and tons of water, and a little coffee in the morning
Breakfast: Two eggs over easy with whole grain toast, scrambled eggs topped with salsa and Greek yogurt, or steel cut oats with sautéed apples, ground flax seed, and milk (on a side note, I’m trying to work more veggies into my breakfast, so if I can get my act together the plan is to make veggie scrambles).
Lunch: Salad topped with a protein- either tuna fish, chicken, or some other fish, plus whatever vegetables I have in the fridge, olives, and a dollop of hummus. For dressing I just make some version of a homemade vinaigrette, like this one.
Snack: raw almonds, apple with peanut butter, or a Kind Bar (both breakfast and afternoon)
Dinner: Similar to lunch- heavy on the protein and vegetables, which can either come in the form of more salad, or sautéed spinach or kale. Now that the weather is cooler, my plan is to make a few batches of soups and stews that are full of hearty root vegetables and lean meats to keep in the freezer (I’m making this Winter Squash Soup tonight!).
The truth is, this outline pretty much reflects my regular eating habits- except with a bit more cheese, pasta, and sweets thrown in. I have way too big of a sweet tooth to resist sweets completely, but I’m thinking of following a friend’s advice and limiting desserts to the weekend. Hmmm… we’ll see how that goes!
What do you eat to get “back on track”? I’d love your recommendations!