Eating Healthy at Disney World...
Sunday, March 08, 2015
...has to be impossible right. NOPE it is and I am proof of that! Last week I was on spring break and we went to Florida to work on some wedding details and we also spend two nights and a day at the happiest place in the world DISNEY WORLD!
I love Disney, everything is magical, from the transportation to the parks, even the hotels. The one thing I was dreading though was that I was planning on starting a 28 day detox a few days before we planned on being at Disney. Everyone said wait a week and start it after, but its a big group who is doing the detox together and I didn't want to be a whole week behind everyone else. So I buckled down and figured out how I was going to make this work!
A normal day on the detox is protein shake for breakfast and then either a protein shake for lunch or healthy meals for lunch and dinner along with small healthy snacks in-between.
We first get to Disney at 6pm and we get checked into our gorgeous room at Port Orleans Riverside and decide to go to Downtown Disney for dinner. With the help of the new Disney app I was able to view the menus for all the restaurants before we arrived so I could figure out which places had safe food.
For this detox safe food includes: organic free range chicken, grass fed beef, other organic proteins, organic vegetables and some fruit, brown rice quinoa along with some other organic toxin free foods.
Sooooo we get to downtown Disney and OMG the smells are amazing so many wonderful things that of course I can't have, it was okay though because I had looked ahead and there was a food truck with grass fed beef sliders that I could get. I had to order them plain (no cheese or special sauce) and I didn't eat the bread, but it turned out to be a fabulous dinner that didn't break the rules! Point for me!!
The next morning I made a protein shake (I had to bring all of my protein powder, fiber boost and other supplements with me!), which was easy enough. I also packed a ziplock bag of protein powder and organic fruit and veggie pouch in my bag for lunch. I was really worried about getting the food into the park, but surprisingly they didn't have a problem with it! I had that with me for lunch and we ended up getting some fruit from one of the stands at the park which was also a good snack. We also had lunch at the ABC Commissary in Hollywood Studios where i was able to get a quinoa arugula and chick salad which was very yummy and supper healthy!
HINT: Animal Kingdom has a "allergy free" cart in the park for people with gluten and other food allergies, I didn't go here because I found out about as we were leaving but I'm sure you can get lots of good healthy food from this stand if you go to this park!
Now, what I was most worried about was dinner at Magic Kingdom. Many of the nicer restaurants have options for healthy food, but you have to have a reservation and lots of money to eat there, we didn't have either so it was quick service for us. I lucky found a place where I could get a veggie burger minus the bun and put onion and tomato on it along with some apple slices for dessert.
It was a little difficult to find places on short notice, but if you plan out your trip to Disney eating well without breaking the bank is possible! The biggest help I found was the app so I could look at the menus of the places while we were walking around and I was able to find places that had healthy alternatives!
My last piece of advice is drink lots of water while at Disney so you aren't craving all of the unhealthy food! Buy a bottle of water, you might even be able to bring your own, and then just keep refilling it! Thats what I did and although the drinking fountains aren't the best to refill a bottle, I just kept filling it up half way and I did okay!