When you travel for business, do you eat like you’re on vacation?

Do you forget grocery stores exist and that reasonable portions don’t require a serving platter?

By staying in a hotel with a full kitchen, you can maintain your nutrition, save money and stop the excuses. Here are three ways to eat healthy in a hotel room.

  1. Cook once. Eat twice. By finding simple things to fix or items that will last for several meals, you’ll save time not just in the hotel kitchen, but in restaurants waiting in line, waiting for your order and then waiting for the bill. Items to cook once and eat twice include rotisserie chicken (can be eaten for 3-4 days), quinoa, rice or millet, soups and stews (even better the next day!).
  2. Shop the perimeter. Don’t like to wash, chop and prep? Buy pre-washed, pre-sliced produce like spinach, fajita peppers, mushrooms, and fruits. Hit the frozen food aisle for bags of veggies or fruit to steam or throw in with whatever you are cooking on the stove. Head to the salad bar and load up on the veggies, nuts, and seeds you want to use throughout the week. At the meat counter, get pre-cooked fish or poultry.
  3. Take it home. When you stay at a hotel with a full kitchen, you can easily carry that Paul Bunyon sized restaurant portion home with you and store in the fridge and reheat on the stove.

You can eat healthy on the road. I chose to partner with Extended Stay America Hotels because of their full kitchens. They keep me on track with my meal plan, save money and time and maintain my routine on the road.

What do you do to stay healthy in your company hotel kitchen?