6 Nutrition Tips While On a Cruise

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Some people think of a cruise as an opportunity to stuff their face with delicious foods any time of the day and night. While that is certainly an option, those looking to maintain their healthy diet don’t need to fret, because there are a lot of ways a cruise caters to people looking for a nutritious and delicious experience.

Here are our simple tips for healthy eating while on a cruise, no exercise necessary!

  1. Say “No” to the drink package: Alcohol and soda are silent calorie bombs. Tropical alcoholic beverages can contain more than 200 calories a glass. So skip the drink package and stick with water. You can always add on a drink here or there.
  2. Take your time: You’re on vacation, there is no rush, so eat slowly. You will wind up eating less and it helps you realize when you feel full.
  3. Sample: Turn a buffet from a battle to a breeze by simply sampling. Your eyes are always bigger than your stomach so just take a bite of that pie or one spoonful of that pasta. You won’t miss out.
  4. An eye for an eye: For every guilty food you eat, eat a nutritious item at your next meal. So if you must have that donut for breakfast, make sure you have a salad with lunch. There are fruits and vegetables everywhere so it won’t be a problem to fill yourself with these “good” foods.
  5. Drink up: Since you didn’t get the drink package you shouldn’t have a lot of issues drinking water, so stay hydrated. Water nourishes the body and it can also make you feel full so you don’t have to resort to chomping down some bread to satisfy your craving.
  6. Be adventurous: A cruise will have a variety of foods from hamburgers and hot dogs to rare delicacies like lobster and steak. Treat a cruise as a chance to try the finer things in life and skip the hot dogs and pizza.

For more tips and a different perspective, check out cruise blogger Shon Ford’s lament about avoiding the buffets.

But remember this is your vacation so do what makes you happy and worry about it when you get home.

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March 30, 2012   No Comments

A Nutritious Salad from Oceania

Courtesy of Oceania Cruises.

Oceania Cruises prides itself on having some of the best chefs and dishes sailing the seven seas. In fact, the deluxe line is home to the only restaurants that bear Jacques Pepin’s name. The famed French chef serves as the culinary inspiration for all of Oceania, working with the ships’ chefs to develop menus and demo dishes.

Here is a recipe for one of the expertly constructed dishes that is available on board. Bon appetite!

Salad: Spring Greens with Orange, Fennel, Manchego and Macadamia Vinaigrette

Serves 4 to 6 people

Ingredients:

  • 1-Large Fennel Bulb
  • 24-raw Macadamia nuts (cut in half)
  • 2- oranges
  • 12-cups mixed baby greens
  • 5-ounces of Manchego Cheese
  • 6-to-12- springs of chervil
  • 1- tbs finely chopped shallot
  • 2.5-tbs lemon juice
  • .5- cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

1. Discard the fronds and stalks of the Fennel. Cut the bulb in half and peel of and discard the tough outer layer along with the core.

2. Cut the remaining bulb into thin slices using a mandolin. Place these slices in a bowl of ice water for 30 min.

3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spread the macadamia nut halves on a sheet and toast until golden (should be about 10 min.) [Read more →]

March 30, 2012   2 Comments

Irish Eats: Soda Bread

By The Cruise Web, Inc. 

Just because you may be in international waters it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Many cruise lines offer up special holiday meals in honor of the holiday. Including green beer.

Anything can be made green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, it just takes a small drop of food coloring, but to truly get an authentic taste of Ireland, Soda Bread is where it’s at. The bread, which is made with baking soda instead of yeast, gained popularity in the 19th century and has been a welcome dish on any Irish dinner table since.

But to have authentic Irish Soda Bread, a Cruise to Ireland should be on your to-do list.

In the meantime we’ve got a simple recipe for you. Best of all this recipe only has four steps. [Read more →]

March 16, 2012   No Comments