Today makes the 3rd day that my family has been living in a hotel, waiting for the home closing. I was at the grocery store today to pick up a few items to take back to the hole. (that’s what I call the hotel room.) The hotel is actually nice. As you know, I’m a BIG chatter. I’ve never met a stranger. Soooooo in conversation, the produce guy asked me about the Naked Juice that I just placed in my cart.
I told him that I’ve never had the coconut water but I did know that coconut water is good for a BUNCH of things. He told me that it sound pretty good for the price. Then I told why I had to grab the last 6 packs of it. To my surprise, he told me that he had been living in a hotel for months and have gained more weight than he liked. He asked for tips………..(people actually pay me attention. Imagine that???? 🙂
Anyhoots, I was happy to give him my best advice for eating well while staying in a limited resource hotel.
First and far most have a diet plan. Lists may not excite you like they excite me (I FRIGGIN’ LOVE LISTS), but planning is super important! Think about what you plan on eating for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snacks for the upcoming week. What utensils do I have to work with? If you don’t have bowls, don’t buy soup in a can. If you don’t have an oven, don’t buy raw chicken. Luckily I had access to a fridge and a microwave
2. Know your surroundings. Where is the nearest BilO. (Yeah, you might as well enjoy the benefits of their fuel perks program & save gas while you feed your family) Wal Mart has been a life saver for our personal hygiene, can’t find and baby related items. Knowing where the library is and free places for the kids to eat helps also!
3. Think outside of the box. There are SOOOO many thing that you can in the room on a multi purpose need. Here are a few. Shower rail- dryer, Ironing board and iron- grill cheese sandwich maker, cups, tooth brush holder, Make your hotel room coffee pot your friend!
It’s not just for coffee anymore! Pack miso soup packets or stock up on canned beans and/or soups at the local convenience store or market and heat up quick and healthy dinners in the comfort of your hotel room. This way you not only save time and money but you are sure to eat well before running out for a day of adventure.
Ice bucket, don’t chuck it!
Use the ice bucket as a mixing bowl and the ice tongs to toss dressings and sauces into salads, noodles, etc.
We’ve even been able to continue homeschool. There has been no change there.
Here are some additional resources:
Just a yummy list of eateries-
Everyone is looking to save a little money these days and with hectic school schedules and extracurricular activities sometimes it’s easier and cheaper ( and healthier- thanks EarthFare) just to take the family out. But taking the family out doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. Charlotte has dozens of restaurants that offer free (or very cheap) food for kids on every single night of the week.
These photos are of our dinner at EarthFare South Park and a few snacks from our suite at the hotel.