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Here's How To Eat Healthy Even While Traveling

With help from this Quora thread.

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1. If you know you're not going to use the mini-bar in your room, ask the hotel to empty it out.

Just call ahead and let them know. Then use it as a fridge for breakfast items and healthy snacks.

2. Alternatively, if your hotel room doesn't have a fridge, make one.

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Buy a Styrofoam cooler for a just a few bucks and fill it up with ice from the hotel's ice machine. Then use it to store everything from Greek yogurt, to string cheese, to baby carrots and hummus.

3. Make hardboiled eggs using the in-room coffee machine.

View this video on YouTube

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Find instructions on how to make eggs and instant oatmeal using a coffeemaker here.

5. Fill up your water bottle at the hotel's fitness center.

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Water coolers, standard in pretty much any hotel gym, will at least be cold, free, and filtered — aka better than the tap water in your room, or shelling out a few bucks for another plastic bottle at the gift shop.

6. Pick a hotel that's near a grocery or convenience store.

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This one may seem obvious, but if it's an option, do it! You're much more likely to make healthy choices if they're within reach. (Or at least, within walking distance.)

7. If you plan to prepare your own food, map out your your meals ahead of time.

Plan ahead! Make one stop at the grocery store, and make it count. The less time you spend aimlessly wandering the produce section, the more time you can spend actually enjoying the rest of your trip.

8. Need a sharp knife to cook with? If there's a restaurant attached to your hotel, you might be able to borrow one.

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Just ask the front desk — they're usually happy to accommodate for hotel guests. If that doesn't work, you can find most kitchen utensils at local dollar stores.

9. If you're bringing a checked bag, consider packing a small kitchen appliance.

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Both Crock Pots and rice cookers come in smaller sizes. All you need for each is a wall outlet, and you can easily make things like brown rice or shredded chicken breasts with minimal effort. (Just remember to size any large recipes down accordingly.)

12. Come armed with a ton of healthy snacks.

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Stuff you can easily stash in a ziplock bag — like granola bars, trail mix, or cereal. (Also, here are several great ideas for DIY healthy travel snacks that you don't need to refrigerate.)

13. Find a microwave.

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If your room doesn't have one, the lobby or continental breakfast area probably does. You can make a bunch of healthy options in a microwave — like frozen veggies (microwaving them with a bit of water = steaming them) or frozen pre-cooked shrimp. Just make sure you're using a microwave-safe container. (A ceramic mug works in a pinch.)

14. Make lunch your biggest meal.

Not only will you likely get more for your money on a restaurant's lunch menu, but you'll also have the rest of the day to walk it off and digest.

But most of all: Enjoy yourself!

Do your best to eat healthy and stay active on your trip — but whether you're traveling for work or play — you can (and should!) still indulge on amazing local eats.

Every. Tasty. Video. EVER. The new Tasty app is here!

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