A Day of Post-Vacation Eats

by tinareale on March 6, 2013

How long does it take you to feel normal again after a vacation? Generally it takes me only a day or two, but things seem to be lingering this time around. Even with trying to have some semblance of balanced vacation eating, I still indulged a lot more than normal….and am feeling the after effects. Its certainly shown up in my food cravings this week – I only want light and veggie filled it seems!

Peas and Crayons

Here’s some post-vacation What I Ate Wednesday action to get your day started. Share in the fun over at Jenn’s site with her What I Ate Wednesday weekly round-up…all in the name of sharing foodie ideas.

First up, breakfast. And would you believe it I had ZERO desire for oatmeal? After eating either oatmeal or muesli most mornings on the ship, I found myself wanting something different first thing in the morning this week. Namely another morning favorite – the green smoothie.


I blended up a cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (plus 4 frozen cubes), a frozen banana, a few large handfuls of spinach, and a scoop of Vega chocolate protein powder. Very basic, yet very delicious. It holds me over pretty well too.

In fact, it has kept my hunger at bay so well that I found myself not even hungry again until lunch time. Very out of the ordinary with me, but I’ll roll with it. Eat only when hungry, right?

For lunch, I had some leftovers straight from the tupperware container alongside a salad.


The leftovers come from one of my favorite crockpot recipes (Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili) full of fiber and flavor! For my salad I mixed some spring greens with tomato, cucumber, carrots, then topped it with a heaping scoop of Trader Joe’s cilantro jalapeno hummus and balsamic vinegar. Mmmmm….

My  lunch kept the belly full and satisfied for a good length of time, but the tummy started grumbling around 4 pm. We would have dinner just a couple hours from then but I knew I needed something to hold me over. I went with a plain Greek yogurt with a few drops of vanilla NuNaturals added and then an orange.


I ended up dunking the orange slices in the yogurt for a creamsicle type flavor that was so refreshing. Give it a try! I bet you like it.

Finally came dinner time. We didn’t have anything special planned because I had to head out for Bible study. Generally we go with taco night on my Bible study nights and this was no different. I piled up a bowl with some lettuce and then topped it off with a bit of taco meat, a few heaping scoops of black beans and corn, a sprinkle of cheese, and a hearty dollop each of plain Greek yogurt, salsa, and guacamole.


I believe I could eat that every single day and not grow sick of it.

Quite the satisfying day. Now excuse me while I likely do a repeat again today. Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

What types of things do you crave after a vacation? Do you have a staple quick and easy dinner you can never grow sick of eating?


1 Linz @ Itz Linz March 6, 2013 at 7:00 am

I’ve totally been craving smoothies lately too! Itz weird since itz winter but I’ll go with it! I def like to change up my eats so if I’ve eaten a lot of something then I definitely need a change as well! Plus can’t ever go wrong with taco night!

2 Dana March 6, 2013 at 7:06 am

When I get back from vacation and normally toward the end of vacation I crave fruits and salads and a good home cooked healthy meal. I sometimes start to feel yucky toward the end of vacation after so many meals out.

3 tinareale March 7, 2013 at 6:45 am

I was feeling the same way towards the end of mine!

4 Heather @fitncookies March 6, 2013 at 7:07 am

The last day or so of vacation always has me craving healthy options. I grow sick of eating out, sick of chips and junk, and want grilled chicken, sweet potatoes, salads. I could also never get sick of tacos/taco salads! So yummy!

5 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 6, 2013 at 7:14 am

I always crave simple light foods after vacations too – my body knows what to do!

6 [email protected] Palate March 6, 2013 at 7:38 am

I totally back to smoothie loving..especially those of the green variety! You instantly feel rejuvenated!

7 kurtes March 6, 2013 at 8:21 am

me too! Always crave for the healthy foods, salads and fruits yum!!

8 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 6, 2013 at 8:40 am

It must be the idea of spring coming around that’s making smoothie cravings, because I’ve had them too!

9 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 6, 2013 at 8:43 am

I always crave more light, healthy greens after a vacation. And generally NO oatmeal since that’s my go-to hotel breakfast.

For dinner (or any meal)… I could eat swordfish all day, everyday.

10 Geraldine @ Healthy Living Cailín March 6, 2013 at 8:57 am

I usually take about 2-3 days to recover. Just had the most yum green smoothie today too. Think it was the scoop of banana protein powder that made it amazing. I licked the glass and most of the blender clean :-)

11 tinareale March 7, 2013 at 6:46 am

Banana protein powder? That sounds extremely delicious!

12 Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life March 6, 2013 at 9:09 am

That breakfast smoothie sounds great, and your taco bowl looks phenomenal! Great presentation and delicious? Can’t beat it! :)

After vacation, I prefer to get back into a routine and wean off the sugars I became accustomed to on my trip. Veggies + Fruit = my best friends after decadent meals!

13 Allison March 6, 2013 at 9:16 am

Mexican-inspired bowls are the best! I love how intuitive you are with your eating…I really need to work on that. Big time. It generally doesn’t take me any time to get back to normal eating after a vacation. I typically indulge so much on trips, that I want to get back into that healthy stuff immediately!

14 Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete March 6, 2013 at 9:19 am

Don’t worry – all that oatmeal you’re not craving or eating, I’m taking care of it for you over here! haha Oatmeal for breakfast every morning so far this week. Cravings are the strangest things sometimes :)

To be honest, I probably wouldn’t get sick of taco night either :) YUM

15 Lauren March 6, 2013 at 9:54 am

I usually come back from vacay craving water due to a little dehydration. But mainly I crave the things I didn’t have like oatmeal, yogurt bowls and definitely almond butter! Your taco bowl is making me droooooool!

16 tinareale March 7, 2013 at 6:47 am

Oh, yes. Water! Been guzzling like a mad woman.

17 jobo March 6, 2013 at 9:55 am

YUM! Those eats are delish! I LOVE taco salad! love love love it! I could eat it daily too. I think! I just had an orange in my cottage cheese and LOVED that combination, bet this is tasty too!

18 Michelle @ Eat Move Balance March 6, 2013 at 10:10 am

I usually crave whatever I can make in my own kitchen! I get tired of eating out. I usually want roasted veggies or a big salad.

19 Lee March 6, 2013 at 10:10 am

They actually have that Oikos yogurt in a creamsicle flavor! Have you tried it or the Key Lime one? A little high in the sugar department, but so tasty.

20 tinareale March 7, 2013 at 6:47 am

I think I’ve tried the key lime one a long time ago. Pretty sure anyway. And I’ve never seen the creamsicle!

21 sarah k @ the pajama chef March 6, 2013 at 10:15 am

tacos are the best! i never get sick of them :)

22 Amanda @ Sistas of Strength March 6, 2013 at 11:19 am

I always want omelets and humungo salads with chicken after vaca. Yum!

23 Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots March 6, 2013 at 11:20 am

I want your dinner, mostly because of the guacamole

24 Heather @ Better With Veggies March 6, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Sometimes I come back craving healthy food like you, but sometimes I actually have to shift my brain to remember that vacation eating shouldn’t be my normal eating. :) Welcome home!

25 Melissa March 6, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I definitely crave green smoothies (and lots of veggies) after a vacation. That creamsicle yogurt snack looks delicious, I’ll have to try it soon!

26 [email protected] March 6, 2013 at 12:28 pm

I love spinach smoothies in the morning too!! Usually after vacation I go right back to what I normally eat–but usually it’s a little less the first few days back b/c my body knows I overate a bit. I love that our bodies are so smart!

27 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 6, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Okay, that taco salad bowl looks so good!!! I really need to get back on this Mexican food bandwagon!

28 [email protected] March 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm

After a week of vacation I always feel the overwhelming need to get back on track with lots of fresh vegetables and fruits. Easy go-to meals I make are salads with random toppings (edamame, almonds, salsa) or omelets with whatever I’m craving. That jalapeño hummus sounds really good, especially on top of a salad!

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