Last weekend, my family went on a little vacation to the Dallas area. We spent part of our trip at the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Irving, Texas, where we happily sampled the all you can eat breakfast buffet in the hotel’s restaurant. Lots of hotels offer a hot breakfast now, but not many of the hotels where we have stayed include bacon, so it was pretty exciting to see a mound of perfectly cooked bacon right next to the plates on the buffet.
Don’t eat too much of a great thing
All you can eat bacon may be a dream come true, but it could really ruin your day if you aren’t careful. Especially if you are a true bacon lover, it can be so tempting to overindulge. But as anyone who has overindulged on breakfast meats knows, too much greasy bacon, sausage or ham can leave you feeling rough. It’s better to have just a few slices of bacon than to down a plate full of meat just because you can.
I chose to start my meal with steel cut oatmeal and fresh fruit so I wouldn’t be tempted to dive into the endless supply of bacon. The oatmeal and fresh berries were delicious, and I felt a lot better than I would have if I’d eaten just bacon and eggs. Here are some more ways to avoid letting a yummy breakfast buffet ruin your day.
Be wary of your sweet tooth
Maybe bacon isn’t your weakness. Maybe it’s your sweet tooth. Breakfast buffets are often loaded with sweet pastries, including Danishes, muffins, cinnamon rolls and more. But too many pastries can leave you feeling stuffed and sluggish by mid-morning.
Enjoy some of the sweet goodies on the breakfast buffet, but try eating a fresh apple or orange first, which can satisfy some of your sugar cravings naturally, and give you a little fiber, too. By eating fruit first, you will be less likely to eat too many pastries and ruin your day.
Share if you can
One of my favorite hotel breakfast buffets is the hot breakfast offered by Drury Hotels. We almost always stay at a Drury property when visiting Missouri, and their free morning buffet is just one reason we love the chain. I always get a Belgian waffle from the waffle bar, but it’s usually more than I want to eat all by myself, especially when there are other great selections to sample on the buffet. So I share a waffle with my husband or one of my kids.
Sharing a large item, like a waffle, or splitting muffins and Danishes, is a great way to sample more items without wasting a lot of food or loading up on unwanted calories and feeling stuffed all day.
Breakfast buffets can be a lot of fun, and a delicious way to start your day. Just make sure to approach them sensibly, and you won’t have any regrets.
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