How to eat healthy when travelling for business
Between airport food, convention snacks and catered lunches at board meetings, healthy eating tends to go out the window when we travel for business. Though more than half (56%) of Canadian travellers say they will try to eat more local food when they travel in 2018, it’s hard not to be tempted by the convenience of drive-by airport options and conference fare. But business travel doesn’t have to always mean unhealthy eating!
To help keep Canadians healthy, marketers at booking.com rounded up a few key ways to keep up with eating well when travelling for work.
Packed breakfasts and micro-lunches
Avoiding hunger pangs and the temptation to overeat can be difficult when faced with back-to-back meetings and nothing healthy nearby to satisfy an aching belly. Try taking pre-packed breakfast items or prepared, transportable eats from your hotel (think a banana, whole grain bagel, hard-boiled egg or high protein granola bar). Making your own micro-lunches (three snack-size foods, rather than one big lunch) will help you re-energize as needed throughout the day.
Let the concierge help
Hotel staff are not only present to ensure a seamless check-in or fluff a few extra pillows—concierges and front desk staff can provide a wealth of knowledge about the local area and should be your go-to guides for finding the best healthy restaurants in the area. From quick bites and local favourites, to hotspots fit to impress your CEO, you’re unlikely to be disappointed by a recommendation from seasoned staff.
It’s easier than ever to find a nice, home-cooked meal when travelling for business, especially if you’re making it yourself. Booking a self-catered apartment will give more freedom when planning your evenings. Whether you want to get creative with a 4-course ensemble or simply whip up a quick bowl of pasta, having your own kitchen gives you the option of skipping mass-produced meals in favour of healthier, home-cooked food with your local grocery store’s freshest ingredients.
With a self-catered apartment, you can prepare your own healthy breakfasts and to-go snacks for less money and higher nutrition value tailored to your preferred dietary needs.
Opt for the mini-fridge
While hotel mini-bars can be stocked with tempting chips and sugary snacks, opting for a room with a mini-fridge is a great way to make sure you’re balancing your travel diet with a few healthy foods. Stock up on some basic food items from the local bakery, supermarket or deli and create your own healthy grab-and-go fridge.
Check out the hotel fare
Areas surrounding airports and conference centres can often be lacking for choice when it comes to local, healthy eateries, but hotels are stepping up to the literal plate. Most hotel restaurants—especially those that cater to business travellers—recognize the need for hearty, healthy meals is just as important as that epic steak dinner with your boss. Try checking out the hotel restaurant for some tasty options to keep you energized. No one wants to be the high maintenance one at the table, but don’t be afraid to request simple menu item changes to fit your dietary needs. For example, asking if your sauce can be on the side allows you to control how much you use, and requesting that your side vegetables are steamed instead of sautéed is an easy pivot for the chef.