A Frequent Traveler’s Guide to Healthy Room Service
Eating healthy when traveling can be done. But, as with any food menu, some selections are definitely better than others when it comes to calories, fat, sugar and sodium. Read on for how to navigate the typical room service menu so you feel better and have energy to spare.
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What to order at breakfast
Hmmm… Pancakes may sound appealing, but you’ll likely be craving a nap afterward. Instead, by including sources of protein and fiber at each meal helps keep you full, provides the building blocks for muscle and supplies steady energy for the day.
For protein, order Greek yogurt, smoked salmon, low-fat or skim milk, or eggs (frittatas and omelets are the perfect vehicles for veggies). Go for the steel-cut oatmeal and multi-grain toast, instead of the sugary, fat-laden muffins and pastries.
What to order for lunch
Protein-first, especially if you want to avoid the mid-afternoon slump and cravings. Opt for a chicken breast or turkey burger (sans bun or fries), salad with a lean protein, or seafood. Pile on the vegetables again.
What to order for a snack
This is where the honor bar can come in handy. Small packs of nuts, trail mix or protein bars are good snacks to have in case you get hungry. Make sure you stockpile a few apples from the lobby fruit basket, and you’ll always have one handy.
What to order for dinner
Keep portion sizes small so you don’t feel stuffed. Overeating can disrupt your sleep, which is the last thing you want on vacation or in the middle of a business trip.
What to order late at night
You’re probably not craving a salad at 2 a.m. The first rule is to avoid late-night dining, especially if you had dinner. If you’re going to indulge in something sweet, think portion control and look for sorbet, fresh berries or anything with fruit. Pair it with a herbal tea, such as chamomile, and you’ll be asleep before you know it, and will wake up refreshed.
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