In light of all the recent hype about me being the first to start the ‘Fridgie’ craze – I have another confession to make … not only do I have the most organised fridge on the planet (according to 60 minutes, Mamamia and the Daily Mail) but I also can’t resist giving my hotel mini-bar fridge a makeover whenever I travel.
Now I know it may sound crazy, and so many of you may think I’m a little OTT, but I like to eat healthy!! And making-over my hotel mini-bar fridge is an important part of how I resist junk food and manage to eat well where ever I go.
But before we start let me tell you why.
As you know I’m a firm believer that you ARE what you eat. And I know from personal experience that how you choose to fuel your body has a direct effect on how you think, feel and perform in your day. I want to feel amazing ALL of the time and what I choose to eat doesn’t change just because I’m on holiday. In fact, I usually want to look and feel even better – especially if there’s a swimsuit involved!
So, while we’re talking about ‘Fridgies’ and feeling fit and healthy all of the time – I thought something good to share with you would be my hotel room mini-bar fridge makeover!
Yes, that’s right who needs a ‘mini convenient store’ chock full of unhealthy foods right next to their bed every night! So why not replace the contents of that fridge with super delicious healthy foods to take the guilt out of any late night treats.
Now the first thing I do is take a picture of how the fridge (and its original contents) look (before I empty it) so that I can return it to its original condition after my stay. I then empty the fridge and neatly stack everything in a part of the hotel room that is out of sight and hopefully forgotten for the rest of my stay.
So, Where To Begin? Mini-Bar Essentials:
If I’m traveling domestically I bring quite a lot of my food with me from home but if it’s an international trip then one of my first stops on arrival is a good health food store to stock up on the following:
- Nut butter (usually peanut) and crunchy
- Medjool Dates
- A good seed cracker
- Coconut water
- In season fruit (the grapes and watermelon are Bill’s favourite and the berries are for me)
- Plenty of water (remember 2 Litres a day!)
- Cold Pressed coffee (for my Wake-up Smoothie or to dilute with hot water for a Long Black caffeine fix)
- Unsalted nuts
- Natural Greek Yoghurt
- Chia Seeds
- Cacoa Nibs
- Coconut oil
- A good quality bar of dark chocolate
- A batch of Bliss Balls from home
I also bring my own:
- Tea-bags (Organic Breakfast Tea for Bill and Peppermint, Liquorice or Cacao and Chili for me)
- Protein Powder (chocolate for my Wake-up Smoothie and vanilla for any of my green smoothies)
- Collagen Powder (for my smoothies or just to add to water)
- Super Greens powder for smoothies and overnight oats
As you can see from the pictures of the fridge on my last trip to Hamilton Island, I use the peanut butter spread onto a date for one of my go-to snacks.
I also spread it over the seed crackers and top with banana or strawberries for a light breakfast or lunch. Peanut butter is also great in smoothies but honestly, I also just eat it straight off the spoon!
The seed crackers are also good topped with avocado and tomato or with hummus and sprouts.
Easy, In Room Breakfasts
As a quick and easy breakfast, I soak around 30grams of oats and 2 dessert spoons of chia in water overnight and add toppings and flavours in the morning.
Some of my favourites are:
- Banana berry … add a teaspoon of Glow beauty powder, sliced banana and a handful of berries
- Peanut butter Chocolate … add Chocolate protein powder, a dessert spoon of peanut butter and cacao nibs
- Super Green … add vanilla protein powder, a teaspoon of greens powder and a little yoghurt.
Versatile Food To Grab & Go!
The yoghurt is also great with some healthy granola and berries mixed through for an easy snack or healthy dessert. If I buy granola I also have it as a breakfast option sprinkled over my overnight oats and topped with extra nuts and berries.
The nuts are just an easy snack on their own but also delicious when paired back with dates. I take the date seed out and simply replace it with a single brazil nut or a couple of almonds … Yum!
I also mix cacao nibs with nuts and then toss them in yoghurt as a 3pm energy boosting pick-me up before my afternoon workout.
Coconut oil I use in my smoothies but also as a make-up remover, mouth gargle, moisturiser and hair mask.
I have been making-over the fridge in my hotel room for as long as I can remember and these are just a few examples of what I do because it can change between countries and seasons and of course how long I’m planning to stay!
What I buy (or take with me) is hugely determined by the season and what looks good when I’m shopping. But I can say that the staples are the same, like peanut butter and oats and nuts and yoghurt. So, then I just pick the freshest most in-season produce available and get creative from there.
Now I’m not saying that you all have to be as OTT as me – but if you are thinking about giving it a try, my advice would be to just think about it as putting together quick and easy healthy options to keep you on track and feeling amazing, wherever you are in the world!
What’s your mini bar fridge essential?
Want more? Of course you do! Check out 5 things you will find in Lorna’s fridge right here smile