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The Skinny on Room Service

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Most people who have traveled know it’s easy to return home a few pounds heavier. There are many reasons this may happen, and indulging in room service is one of them. Who doesn’t love having pancakes delivered?In recent years, hotels have expanded options for folks hoping to stay on the lighter side. Four Seasons, Kimpton, Affinia and Westin have all joined the healthy-eating bandwagon. So wherever you are, you can have your room service and still eat healthy.

Two options suggested by Shaun Acosta, executive chef at the Four Seasons New York Downtown, a AAA Five Diamond Rated hotel, are asking for half portions and ordering appetizers as your entree.

“That way you’re eating a little bit less, but you get to try a variety of things,” he said.

He also advises travelers to forgo the bread basket and skip the starchy sides. Entrees from his kitchen come with vegetables only unless diners request something else.

Kimpton hotels offer whole-grain buckwheat pancakes and will change the cooking method on request. “If you’re trying to limit butter in your diet, feel free to ask us to use olive oil or coconut oil to cook something,” said Christina Maffei, Kimpton’s northeast director of food and beverage operations.

When she travels, Maffei asks for one of her go-to breakfasts: apples and yogurt. “Just because I don’t see an apple on the menu doesn’t mean they don’t have an apple in the kitchen,” she said.

But don’t limit yourself to the meal the clock says you should have. Maffei especially enjoys the “vegetables for breakfast” crepe at Kimpton’s AAA Four Diamond Rated Pittsburgh property: A rice crepe filled with broccoli, roasted red peppers, kale and egg whites.

Maffei and Acosta both want guests to remember that their in-room meals are coming from the restaurant kitchen. That means more options – and healthier eating.

What’s your favorite meal to order from room service? Tell us in the comments below!

Check out more advice on keeping healthy while traveling in our Live Well department.

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