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Guide to Surviving Breakfast Buffets


You are on vacation and you came down to your hotel’s breakfast buffet, croissants…bread rolls…pastries, how will you survive it? This is your guide to maintaining your diet when there are a lot of temptations coming your way!  

Buffets have a wide range of food choices and not all of them are unhealthy, you just need to know what they are. So let’s begin by making a round of the stations.

Bread & Pastry Station

When you are at the bread section, choose the brown toast or the whole wheat bread rolls: the fiber will make you feel full, therefore result in eating less. The croissants, pancakes, and pastries will add calories and won’t keep you full long enough. 

Egg Station

At the eggs station, you can choose boiled eggs, instead of the scrambled or fried eggs that usually have lots of oils. Instead of the usual omelette, try an egg white omelette, a healthier option with fewer calories! For live egg stations, suggest to the chef to add only 1 tsp of vegetable oil! 

Cheese & More Station

This section may be good to avoid, however, if you are a cheese lover, choose white cheese over yellow cheese. White cheeses still contain calories, so remember to portion control. 1 Tablespoon of Labneh is a healthy option over the cheese if this is available. 

Fruit Station 

1 piece of Fruit (small banana, apple, or ½ cup strawberries) makes a great dessert for the sweet tooth! 1 cup of plain yogurt mixed with granola and fruits makes a healthy breakfast. Don’t drink the juice. This will add extra calories, so instead enjoy the calories from food and drink water. 

Dieting doesn’t have to be a nightmare, as long as you know the healthier food options! 

Keep these tips in mind: 

  1. Make sure you had dinner the night before. This way you won’t wake up with an empty stomach ready to splurge on the food. 
  2. Before you begin your meal, drink a cup of water. This will hydrate you as well as fill you up slightly. 
  3. Sit as far away as possible from the food tables.
  4. Use the smallest plates available to help control your portions. 

Author: Massar Dabbous

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