My Top Tips for a Healthy Hotel Breakfast

After staying in a hotel at the weekend I was presented with my breakfast in a box. Orange juice, a low fat yoghurt, a yoghurt coated cereal bar and a muffin.  Sounds nice? But my Dietitian brain was just saying a big fat NO. There was limited protein, no fresh fruit and a mega dose of sugar.

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We didn’t eat them and instead went off for protein-packed eggs instead. I’m not bashing carbs; I had a English muffin with my eggs but protein is need for the full factor and to stop your blood sugars crashing a while later.

So I thought I would write a bit of a healthy guide to a healthy hotel brekkie. You know the ones. Buffet. Where you can completely stuff your face and not eat again for 24 hours. They have lots of lovely sections to choose from and here are my tips.

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The Fruit Section

You can’t really go wrong with fruit as part of your breakfast and there is usually a good selection. Try teaming it up with some plain natural or Greek yoghurt (this will reduce the sugar intake compared to a fruit yoghurt). Often many hotels have seed or nut selections and you could add a sprinkle of these, which will keep you fuller for longer as they are high in protein and good fats.

The Cereal Section

Most hotels offer a good selection of cereal which can be a great start to the day. Try and choose a high fibre variety with semi-skimmed or skimmed milk. Weetabix and porridge or low sugar muesli are great choices. Try and avoid sugary cereals as they can also have less fibre and be less filling. 

The Hot Section

Having a full English breakfast is a massive perk of a hotel stay. Often it can be thought of unhealthy but if chosen wisely it can be a great start to the day. Eggs are a good choice. These are a great source of Vitamin B12, as well as protein. Most places now will cook them how you want them, so boiled or poached are great choices as avoid any additional oil. Most hot breakfasts have bacon and sausage available. If choosing bacon, no more than 1-2 rashes and trim off any additional fat. This will have less saturated fat and calories.  Try to avoid fried bread and hash browns as they are deep fried and will be high in calories. Mushroom, tomatoes and baked beans are a healthier alternative and will provide you with at least 1 of your 5 a day, depending on your portion size.

The Bread Section

This is a tricky section to avoid as you may fancy some high sugar /fat carbohydrates to finish off your breakfast. This section can often be filled with croissants, danish pastries and muffins. If you really can’t resist the temptation choose a mini croissant or share a larger one. The best choice would be a slice of wholegrain toast for far less fat and calories. You could add a small amount of spread or jam to this.

Drinks

A small amount of fruit juice (150mls) would be a good choice as it can be 1 of your 5 a day but stick to this. Juice is high in sugar and increases the calorie content of your breakfast if drank in large quantities. Tea and coffee with no added sugar and semi or skimmed milk would be an option. Decaffeinated versions are likely to be available or a fruit tea would be another caffeine-free choice.

So there you go. Make the most of your hotel breakfast and choose sensibly. You can taste small bits of everything without the calorie overload but still get a lovely treat and no washing up!

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11 Comments

  1. October 18, 2015 / 1:16 pm

    Great tips! Those pancakes look yummy! #sundaystars xx

    • RunJumpScrap
      Author
      October 18, 2015 / 7:28 pm

      Hubby really enjoyed them 🙂 x

  2. October 19, 2015 / 8:26 pm

    Oh you know one of my favourite things about going away has got to be the breakfasts – I always go for a massive fry up. But I never get them at home and don’t go away to often so it is just a little treat. Great tips Thanks for linking up to #SundayStars x

    • RunJumpScrap
      Author
      October 19, 2015 / 8:39 pm

      Totally! I love them too! It’s all the croissants at the end. Eeek. Thanks for hosting x

  3. October 19, 2015 / 9:55 pm

    The picture of both your’s and your hubby’s breakfast look so yummy and I don’t even like tomatoes but they look very appealing.

  4. October 20, 2015 / 8:50 pm

    Great tips, I’m always unsure about breakfasts especially in hotels. At home I tend to stick with one slice of toast but then end up hungry around 10:30am. I’ve been trying a boiled egg and a slice of toast but it can get boring if you have it every day. Any tips for quick, easy breakfasts at home?
    #BloggingtoJogging

    • RunJumpScrap
      Author
      October 20, 2015 / 9:29 pm

      Hey Morgan. Thanks. I must admit I’m a boiled egg and toast kind of girl but if I was going to mix it up – Greek yoghurt, fruit and nuts. Porridge and fruit. Two slices of granary bread with peanut butter. Fruit salad. Also try cooking the eggs a different way? xx

      • October 22, 2015 / 7:59 pm

        Thanks for that hun! I’ll try those. 🙂

        • RunJumpScrap
          Author
          October 22, 2015 / 8:53 pm

          No worries x

  5. Hannah Budding Smiles
    October 22, 2015 / 3:27 pm

    All really good points lovely, I absolutely love eggs and a couple of eggs on seeded toast is one of my absolute favourites. I love muesli with greek yoghurt usually but I can’t eat any yoghurt since being pregnant, which is a pain! Thanks for linking with #BloggingToJogging xx

    • RunJumpScrap
      Author
      October 22, 2015 / 8:00 pm

      Thanks Hannah! Eggs are the best. Boo to no yoghurt though. Must be hard but worth it! x Thanks for hosting x