How to Eat Healthy While You’re on Vacation in Niagara Falls

April 3, 2015 10:00 am

image001For many people, a vacation to Niagara Falls is the perfect time to let loose and cease all efforts to eat a healthy, well-rounded diet. From ordering extra gravy on your poutine to always choosing dessert, a Niagara Falls holiday is a great excuse to splurge. That being said, there are also those vacationers for whom “splurge” will always be a four-letter word, and travel to any new location — because it can make healthy eating a challenge — is viewed with both suspicion and wariness.

If you find yourself in the latter camp, and you’re worried about sticking to your healthy-eating guns while enjoying your stay in the Niagara region, here are some tips to keep you on the straight and narrow without compromising your experience.

Adjust Your Standards (a Little)

First off, it’s important to consider loosening up a bit. If, while at home and in your regular routine, you follow a strict and healthy diet that only deviates on a weekend meal or special event here and there, consider applying that occasional deviation more liberally. Vacation is supposed to be a time of rest and rejuvenation, and the mental energy required to keep a stringent diet in place while in a new setting can be anything but rejuvenating. In the interest of your relaxation, lighten up a bit on yourself and eat.

Eat at Farm-to-Table Restaurants

The Niagara region is a fertile land filled with excellent farms, orchards, and vineyards, and many of the area’s finest restaurants take advantage of this fecundity by sourcing their produce, fruit, meat, cheese, and wine from their own backyards, creating menus full of vibrant and nutritious options. Some of our farm-to-table restaurants include:

  • Treadwell
  • Ravine Vineyard
  • Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar
  • Vineland Estates Winery
  • Benchmark
  • Riverbend Inn

Eat Greens for One Meal Each Day

image003Another way to eat in a healthier manner while on vacation in Niagara Falls is to take a “more is more” approach to your daily eating. Instead of limiting certain items or types of food so that your focus is on deprivation, add “more” foods that are high in fiber and nutrients and low in calories. Try eating one meal a day that centers around greens like kale, chard, spinach, romaine, or collard greens. With the salad options available at the many restaurants in the Niagara region — especially during spring, summer, and fall — you should have no trouble applying a “more is more” method to healthy eating.

Protein at Breakfast

One of the reasons people tend to tumble off a dietary wagon and reach for sugary or fatty snacks late morning or mid-afternoon is because of low blood sugar. To ensure that problem doesn’t befall you while you’re on vacation, be sure to eat a substantial amount of protein at breakfast. From eggs and cheese to sausage and bacon, protein at breakfast is relatively easy to come by at a local breakfast spot, so you can stay on track with your dietary goals throughout the rest of the day.

Niagara Falls is a great place to vacation, and thanks to its healthy farms and locally sourcing restaurants, it’s also a great place to watch what you eat, while still enjoying yourself.