|A filling, veg friendly breakfast is just minutes away!|
When you're on the road for work, breakfast is extra crucial. You will likely have little control of your schedule or your meals, and you've got to be "on" for meetings, alert for navigating unfamiliar cities and maintain energy while you're away from home. I know when I have a good breakfast, my day tends to go a whole lot better.
But, what do you do when you're a vegetarian and away from a well stocked home kitchen? If you're lucky, you'll be at a first or second tier hotel where you'll have access to a breakfast buffet where you can get a variety of fresh fruit, and, if you're lacto-ovo, a veggie omelet. At some of the nicer short stay hotels - Hampton Inn, Spring Hill Suites, Fairfield Inn, Hyatt Place, you'll get a free breakfast - cereal, bagels, apples, bananas, etc. Since most of the short stay places have free wi-fi, you can catch up on work while you nosh.
But, what to do if your breakfast options aren't appealing, or if there aren't any at all? I recommend the following back-up plan that I recently mentioned on Twitter: coffee maker oatmeal.
This is a quick and easy breakfast you can make in any hotel room that has an in room coffee maker. Before you leave for your trip, pack the following:
- Small bowl. You may consider a few disposable ones if you don't want to deal with washing your bowl out in a bathtub. The coffee cup that comes in your room will also do in a pinch.
- Spoon(s). See above if you want to go disposable. You can also likely grab one from a convenience store or restaurant if you forget to pack one.
- Instant oatmeal packets. I recently used Whole Foods Instant Oatmeal - Multigrain & Flax.
- 'Fixins." Dried fruit, nuts, etc. - whatever you need to punch up the oatmeal. I use dried cranberries and almonds. Pack extra - you can eat a mix of fixins as a snack!
If you are lucky enough to have a dual cup coffee maker like the one above, you can even make your oatmeal and your coffee or tea at the same time.