Staying healthy on staycation

Food Safety / Healthy Diet / Family Health

Taking time out during the holidays is really important for our health and well-being. It’s a time to re-charge and relax. As we let go of our usual routines, it can be challenging to keep up healthy eating habits. So safefood’s Rebecca Beattie has put together some tips to help us all stay healthy while enjoying our holidays, whatever we get up to.


Ditch the takeaways and DIY your own fakeaway

You can get the whole family involved and see exactly what goes into the meal. Here are my favourite Fakeaway recipes.

If you do end up going out for food, follow our tips to help you find the healthiest item on the menu here.

Visit the local greengrocers and stands

You may come across a few ‘eggs for sale’ or ‘home grown strawberries’ signs along your travels. Why not stop and pick up a few bits of fresh produce along the way, just make sure it’s thoroughly washed before use. Advice on preparing and cooking vegetables safely can be found here.

Even better, check to see if anywhere near your holiday home offers ‘pick your own fruit and veg’ for a fun activity with sweet rewards. It’s also a good idea to keep a fruit bowl handy to stop unhealthy snacking between meals.

Use one pot recipes for limited utensils

Renting a house or apartment may come with some challenges, such as arriving to empty kitchen cupboards or forgetting to pack pots and pans before you go. Besides, would you really want to be cleaning 10 pots on your holidays anyway? No worries, we have lots of one-pot recipes that are tasty and nutritious.


Everyone loves a BBQ at home or away. For a healthier option choose lean meats, be mindful of portion sizes and opt for wholegrain baps. Read more here on how to keep your barbeque healthy.

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