As a frequent and loyal hotel chain guest, you most likely are entitled to a free hotel continental breakfast. Although a continental offering, it is convenient, does the job, and gives you basic nourishment to start your busy day. That said, it pays to make healthy choices.
When it comes to getting in your vitamins and minerals, there is no denying that fruit and fruit juice do a great job. Many individuals, however, automatically reach for the fruit juice. Sure, juice is better than a coke in the morning, but next time you reach for the carafe of juice at the hotel continental breakfast, you may want to pick up the whole apple or orange instead. Here’s why:
- Regularity. As we all know, our digestive systems get out of whack when we travel for business. Unlike fruit juice, a whole piece of fruit delivers a whopping punch of fiber which helps maintain regularity throughout your business trip. Fruit juice rarely, if ever, has any fiber. A single serving of fruit can provide as much as 4 or 5 grams of fiber, while a whole glass of juice may not even contain 1 gram.
- Sustained Energy Levels. The fiber in the whole fruit also slows absorption of the fruit’s sugars into the blood stream. As a result, your blood sugar and energy levels remain more stable, making you much more productive throughout the day and giving you enough even for a hotel workout!
- More Filling. Fiber is also helpful in making you feel full. As a result, you will be more likely to last until lunch as compared to if you have the fruit juice.
- Fewer Calories. It takes about three or four oranges to make a glass of orange juice, which can equate to about 110 calories. A whole orange, however, only has about 45 – 75 calories. This is important when you are considering the business travel diet and how easily calories can add up.
So, if you are looking to go the more nutritious route at the hotel continental breakfast, choose the whole fruit over the glass of juice. You’ll be glad you did!