Sunday, September 15, 2013

#cookinginahotelroom

Yup. That's what I'm doing for 5 weeks - and it's actually not that bad!

Well, I do have a full kitchen so that makes things a little easier... But I don't have my VitaMix, Shun knife, seasoned pans or spice cabinet with me. Actually, don't get me started on the knife situation I'm dealing with here - I'd probably be better off using plastic than these crappy things they call knives... But anyways, the point is I'm making it work! And you can too while you're traveling!

First off, if you plan to be away in a city for a long amount of time, I highly recommend researching accommodations that offer a full kitchen in your room - it's almost necessary in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle while traveling. In addition to it being healthier, you'll save money by cooking apposed to going out for every meal. This way you can eat the majority of your meals using your own fresh ingredients, and go out to nicer places occasionally during your trip.

Quality over quantity.

Don't forget that an important part of most travel experience is enjoying the culture and food the locals offer - so don't lock yourself up in your hotel room and deprive yourself of this... Rather, be picky and enjoy a handful of the best places the city has to offer, and have the rest of your meals in your own healthy kitchen.

What I do after I get settled into my room is find out where the closest natural food store is and go shopping! Essentials are as follows:
  • unsalted canned beans
  • dried quinoa, dried brown rice pasta, or grain of choice
  • chia seeds
  • hemp seeds
  • unsweetened frozen fruits (raspberries, blueberries are my fave)
  • frozen prepped veggies (peppers, onions, peas, mushrooms, etc.)
  • canned green olives in water (just because I love olives.)
  • pack of fresh baby spinach
  • pack of fresh arugula (or your favorite salad green)
  • good balsamic vinegar
  • cherry tomatoes
  • big bag of baby carrots
  • 2 ripe avocados 
  • grapefruits and bananas
  • raw almonds, raw cashews
  • dried mango slices (or unsweetened dried fruit of choice)
  • loaf of sprouted grain bread
  • honey or agave
  • unsweetened, natural vanilla almond milk
  • pure almond or peanut butter 
  • all fruit jam (all natural, no added sugar)
  • sparkling water (or still if you don't like bubbles)
  • Sriracha or your favorite hot sauce (I put that $hit on everything)
There you've got grains, veggies, fruits, legumes and healthy fats - that's all you need! Of course you can get a little more fancy as you go along, but this list is a great start and will get you through a lot of fast, yummy and healthy meals.

There are plenty of recipes you can make straight from my blog using just these ingredients such as Breakfast Chia Pudding, Bowl Of Goodness, Chickpea Salad and more! In addition, I'll be sharing all the goodies I come up with in my hotel kitchen this month for you to enjoy, just follow along!

If you're wondering, I'm in Tallahassee, Florida for work this month, and it's just beautiful:









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