6 Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling

Many people, including myself, are concerned about gaining weight while traveling. I spent most of my winter break in the US and the first couple of days we kept eating out almost every day! Since it was not my first time visiting Virginia, I had already chosen the favorite fast food chain restaurants that I wanted to enjoy such as Chipotle and Five Guys and surprisingly I felt satisfied after only eating at these restaurants once.

Here are some tips that I thought I would share with you to help you on your next trip:

  1. Never skip breakfast

I was not staying at a hotel so my breakfasts were either scrambled eggs with cucumber, Greek yogurt and fruits, or Greek yogurt on multi-cereal bread with different toppings such as fruits and veggies.

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  1. Commit to at least one healthy meal a day

When on vacation, we tend to eat out almost every day and personally, I got exhausted. I do enjoy eating out however, repetitively eating out especially more than once a day was annoying. Most of the food was too salty or included heavy sauces so I always ordered the sauce on the side or simply asked for lemon oil dressing for the salads and asked for less salt.

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Make your own Salad bowls at SweetGreen
  1. As much as possible, make your own meals

The days that we were going to have dinner with some friends, we would try to eat lunch at home. We would make quick and easy meals such as grilled salmon or chicken breasts in the oven with a huge salad bowl: healthy, simple, fulfilling, and delicious (such meals could also be ordered at restaurants).

  1. Carry snacks with you

Snacks on the go are one of the best things to have with you on long tour/shopping days. You are unaware of when lunch or dinner is going to take place therefore having a good breakfast before you go as well as healthy snacks such as raw nuts, protein bars, and/or fruits will give you the energy you need to keep enjoying your day.

  1. Drink lots of water

When it’s cold, I sometimes tend to forget to drink water. Stay hydrated by keeping a bottle of water with you at all times.

  1. Walk

Even if you are not working out as much as before because you are on vacation you can stay active by walking as much as possible, taking the stairs, not using much public transportation… Many beautiful places are discovered when you just walk around a city that you are not familiar with.

 

I hope you will find these tips useful! I believe that it’s all about the balance; indulge in the foods you love from time to time but also stay active and healthy.

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Oman trip with Semsom

After being nominated as the Beirut Hummus Ambassador 2016 along with Yasmina Audi (@supermom_blog); Yasmina and I were given the opportunity to discover Oman and judge the Hummus Games – Oman Edition (Check out all about the Hummus Games – Lebanon edition – and our winning recipe: here).

Day 1:

Upon arrival, we spent our first day touring the city of Muscat where we checked out the beautiful Grande Mosque, the opera house, the traditional Souk: “Souk Mutrah”, the beach, and of course the malls for some quick shopping! I loved the different arches and architectural designs that the entire country is made up of.

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Opera House – Muscat

At night, after a long day of touring, we joined the Semsom team and enjoyed a delightful Lebanese dinner at Semsom’s first branch in Oman.

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Day 2:

The second day was the busy fun day that we were waiting for. We were honored to be present to attend a lunch to celebrate the opening of the second Semsom branch at Shatti Al Qurum.

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Happy Faces after a yummy lunch!
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With the brilliant Christine Sfeir – CEO of Semsom!

After the opening, the team began decorating and re-organizing the layout of the restaurant in preparation for the Hummus Games! Several bloggers came excited to share their own hummus recipes. It was very interesting to see how different cultures add their own unique tastes and spices to our traditional Lebanese hummus. It was my first time playing the role of a judge and it was an honor to be alongside Christine Sfeir (@casfeir) – CEO of Semsom and Anthoy Rhayel (@nogarlicnoonions) – Food expert and founder of Lebanon’s Street food market: Souk el Akel.

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Decorating for the Hummus Games
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Let the judging begin

After tasting several different hummus, the winners were announced! Congratulations to Rupali and Kalpita for their yummy and creative hummus dish 🙂

Thank you Semsom for a lovely getaway and for giving me the opportunity to experience a new culture and judge the Hummus Games – Oman edition. May you continue making us proud and spreading the Lebanese Cuisine across the globe!

I can’t wait for next year’s Hummus games 🙂

Visiting the Budweiser Budvar Brewery

During the short Easter break, my mom, my best friend Gaelle, her mom Claudette and I decided to explore some of Europe. We enjoyed a quick Euro trip that included Budapest, Vienna, and Prague.

While in the Czech Republic, we decided to tour the Budweiser Budvar Brewery and learn more about this delicious beer. We had booked a private tour to the city of Ceske Krumlov and to end the journey right, we decided to have some beer.

Dating back to the 15th century, Budweiser Budvar exports to over 60 countries (YES! Lebanon is one of them) around the world.

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It has 6 main types of beer:
1. Budweiser Budvar original 5% alcohol
2. Budweiser Premium Budvar Dark Lager 4.6% alcohol
3. Budweiser Budvar Classic 4% alcohol
4. Budweiser Budvar free 0.5% alcohol
5. Budweiser Budvar Strong 7.6% alcohol

And 3 types of Pardal beer, a more bitter type of beer

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But wait, isn’t Budweiser American? Well according to the Czech, the name “Budweiser” was taken by the Americans long time ago. Immediate branding was made, making the brand very popular; and a trademark dispute over the use of the name “Budweiser” is still ongoing between the two. However, the recipe used by them is completely different.

The brewing process includes 4 ingredients: mold, hop cones, yeast, air and water. It takes approximately 10 hours and includes 3 stages:

  1. Mashing
  2. Straining
  3. Boiling of the wort (this creates the bitter taste)

Usually Czech breweries make the beer in one month. However, they repeat the entire process 3 times, so it actually takes Budweiser a total of 3 months to make a barrel of beer.

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Explanation of the Brewing Process

The longer the period of fermentation, the more alcohol it has, and the stronger the taste of the beer.

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We enjoyed a very informative tour around the brewery that included detailed explanations of the different steps as well as a beer tasting towards the end, where we only got the chance to taste the Budweiser Budvar Original. The entire tour was about 60 minutes. Although I am not a beer fan per say, I enjoyed the bitter taste of the beer.

Now that summer is approaching, I am looking forward to lazy beach days, enjoying a nice ice cold beer. Cheers!

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Pouring some Budweiser Budvar Original for tasting
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Bottling and Packaging

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Cheers!