I have been going on vacation to Utah since I was a little girl. I have always been very passionate about skiing, and even though I live in Florida I am sure to make a trip to Utah to ski at least once per year.

Healthy Trip to Utah / Leah's Plate

It is so nice to disconnect from the world for a few days and connect with nature and the beautiful environment that Utah has to offer. I love breathing in the fresh, unpolluted mountain air.

Healthy Trip to Utah / Leah's Plate

When vacationing in Utah, I usually stay in Park City. Main Street offers many shops and restaurants and is a great place to explore. I think of my time in Utah as a detox from life, both mentally and physically, so I attempt to remain healthy while on vacation to ensure I feel my best. I also need to eat wholesome, nutrient-dense foods to prepare my body for a full day of skiing.

My dad recently bought a vacation home in Park City and was sure to buy a blender in anticipation of my arrival at his new ski house. He knows I love my smoothies in the morning and was excited for me to make them for him as well! Each morning before hitting the slopes I made my family fresh smoothies using wholesome ingredients such as spinach, bananas, almond butter and hemp seeds. Smoothies are a great start to the day and give me the necessary fuel for skiing. I also packed a healthy snack with me so if hunger hit between meals I wouldn’t have to go to a vending machine and eat junk food. One of my favorite snacks are the Two Mom’s in the Raw granola bars, which are raw, vegan and gluten-free. They are small enough to fit in my pocket and are delicious!

Healthy Trip to Utah / Leah's Plate

Healthy Trip to Utah / Leah's Plate

Healthy Snack to keep me energized

Healthy Snack to keep me energized

 

One of the days we drove about 45 minutes to Snowbird and Alta for a change from Park City. I discovered a slope-side restaurant at Alta named Watson’s which features fresh, organic fare. I indulged in a cup of their veggie chili, which was delicious! There are many healthy options at this restaurant and I highly recommend it for a lunch break during a long day of skiing.

Watson's Organic Restaurant at Alta Ski Mountain

Watson’s Organic Restaurant at Alta Ski Mountain

Organic Veggie Chili at Watson's

Organic Veggie Chili at Watson’s

 

We went out to dinner each night, but I always tried to make healthy choices by starting each meal with a salad. I am careful of fattening dressings so just ask for olive oil and vinegar on the side. I ordered a grilled chicken or steamed fish each night. If I ever splurged for pasta I kept the sauce on the light side, such as a tomato-based sauce with no cream. I allowed myself to taste dessert when it was ordered for the table, but only have a bite or two.

After each long day of skiing I checked into the Waldorf Astoria Spa in Park City for a few hours. I would take a hot tub and steam to relax my muscles followed by a deep-tissue massage. I took this time to be alone and and just “zen-out”. The hot tub is outside overlooking the beautiful mountains and is so serene. This is probably one of my favorite spas in the country.

Relaxing at the Waldorf Astoria Spa in Park City

Relaxing at the Waldorf Astoria Spa in Park City

 

I feel refreshed and revived after a long weekend in Utah and always look forward to returning! Below are some additional pictures from my trip:

Me, Dad & Little Brother

Me, Dad & Little Brother

 

Me & Little Brother

Me & Little Brother

 

Dad & Me

Dad & Me

 

Healthy meal to-go from Whole Foods in Park City

Healthy meal to-go from Whole Foods in Park City

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