While I have no intentions of making this blog a food journal (I’m just not disciplined enough for that), I thought it would be fun to go through a day of eats when I’m on the road. There are so many good posts out there about how to eat healthy when traveling and I usually follow a lot of the basic advice but, I found this trip to be particularly challenging. I was traveling with 3 other co-workers, we had one car and there was no down time.
As a company, we’re Hilton loyal. I love Hilton Garden Inn’s because I think they have the best breakfast options. Part of that is of course because it’s free once you are high enough up the ranks of Hilton’s reward program. But anywhere there is oatmeal, there is potential!
What looks like mush on the bottom right hand side of the picture is actually oatmeal. It definitely had a funky gray color to it and was starting to congeal on the top but I literally scrapped that off and took some from the bottom. Try not to think about how long it may have been sitting out there. It’s still a way better option than those biscuits or the bacon you can barely see in this picture.
I’ve noticed that if a hotel has oatmeal they usually tend to have some toppings too.
(brown sugar, walnuts and raisins)
I wasn’t a huge fan of how “thick” the oatmeal was (probably from sitting there for a couple of hours) so I added some milk to thin it out.
Then, the best parts.
Hotels always have some loose fruit options. Usually, bananas, apples and/or oranges. If you don’t see bananas…ASK! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve just asked someone and they have them in the back but didn’t put them out for some reason. Usually, I travel with peanut butter packets. Justin’s and Barney Butter are my favorites. I totally forgot this trip so I just used the Smucker’s the hotel had. Is it ideal? No. Will it kill me this one time? No again.
Insert 2 cups of much needed coffee here. I also stole an apple for later thinking I’d use it as a morning snack or lunch add-on.
We had absolutely no say in lunch. The college we were at provided the food. Boxed lunches. Unfortunately, I was one of the last people to grab mine and all that was left was the turkey option. I usually grab whatever the veggie option is since it’s most often the healthiest but, no luck this time.
Pretty huh? That’s my apple stolen from breakfast. If I hadn’t grabbed that my lunch would’ve literally just been a slimy turkey sandwich and that lovely yellow, mayo laden potato salad. Oh, and don’t forget the 1 piece of lettuce and 2 slices of tomato! Needless to say, lunch left much to be desired. I ate about half the turkey sandwich as it was all I could stomach and the apple.
Surprisingly, the snacks provided actually included a pretty decent trail mix which I inhaled about 2 hours later after the pretty pathetic lunch. Half a sandwich just doesn’t cut it for me. Ever.
We had no time between the end of the day on campus and the airport because of our flight times so it was the Gainesville airport for dinner. I had a connection in Atlanta and would’ve much preferred to eat there as there are tons of options, but with a 47 minute layover I knew I’d be running to the next terminal/gate.
This is seriously the only option in the Gainesville airport. It’s kind of comical. The one guy working there takes your order, rings you out, cooks your food, and then serves you. Customer service at it’s best! The menu was fried, fried, and more fried but, I found a garden burger or a turkey avocado wrap as 2 potential options. I went with the latter and picked off about half the wrap. It was actually halfway decent. At least better than I expected.
I still wasn’t satisfied though so I got some snacks.
This was seriously one of the best apples I’ve ever had. Apples are one of my least favorite fruits, especially red apples. I’m more of a Granny Smith gal. I didn’t have high hopes for this one wrapped in cellophane and sitting in the counter fruit basket for who knows how long but, it was tasty! I ate about half the bar. Wasn’t a huge fan.
I knew I had to switch to terminal B for my connection which has a Freshens (is it sad I know which terminals have what food options in Atlanta?) so when we landed about 5 minutes early I booked it there to get this baby.
Froyo just makes the world a better place.
Sometimes traveling can be fun and a little like “Up in the Air”. Other times, it can be like a slimy turkey sandwich boxed lunch. Looking forward to getting home and having a meal I actually cook and getting a run in! Even if I had the time this trip I’m not sure I would’ve been out in the 95 degree weather to pound the pavement. It.was.hot.
I’m thinking swordfish and stuffed tomatoes are on tap for tonight. If they turn out well maybe I’ll share .