Breakfast (of Champions) in a Hurry

Everyone knows breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it can be challenging to try and get in a nutritious breakfast when you’re busy in the morning. Making healthy breakfast choices can be especially tough then you’re on the road, and travelling all the time. It’s all too easy to pull up to a drive-thru and order a cinnamon bun or breakfast sandwich. When you stay at InTown Suites, making healthier choices is easy, because your guestroom is equipped with a kitchen. We’ve come up with our top 6 breakfast ideas that you can make in your room in a flash!

1.    Overnight Oats
The best part about this breakfast is that you prepare it the night before, so it’s ready in the fridge when you need it! Mix together a ½ cup of rolled oats (not instant) and ½ cup of milk. Add in a dash of sweetener like sugar or honey, or for a more decadent breakfast, swap regular milk for chocolate milk. Stick it in the fridge and you’re good to go, the oats will soften overnight, so they don’t need to be cooked! In the morning, if you’d like to fancy it up a bit, throw in a handful of blueberries or other fruit.

2.    Breakfast Banana Popsicles
This is a fun and whimsical breakfast. Take a peeled, chilled banana (put it in the fridge overnight), insert a popsicle stick, roll it in some peanut butter, or other favorite nut butter and then dip it into some granola. It’s a fun way to get in some healthy carbs and protein, and will keep you going until lunch.

3.    Breakfast Burritos
This is the perfect on-the-go breakfast. Scramble up 2 eggs (if you’re really pressed for time, you can do it in the microwave) and spread it on a whole-wheat tortilla. Add a couple of dollops of premade salsa and a sprinkle of pre-shredded low-fat cheese. Then just wrap it up like a burrito. It’s easy to eat with one hand as you’re heading out the door!

4.    Yogurt Bowls
In a bowl, add ¾ cup of plain or vanilla yogurt, and add a ½ cup of your favorite berries. (if you can’t find any in season, frozen berries will do just fine) You can stop right there and have a perfectly fine breakfast but consider taking it to the next level by mixing in a tablespoon of chia seeds. The yogurt will plump up the chia seeds giving your breakfast a unique texture and you’ll sneak in some omega-3 fatty acids.

5.    Apple Pancakes
Who doesn’t love pancakes? This version is much healthier and won’t sit heavy in your stomach if you’re off to morning meetings. Mix up a small batch of pancake batter, adding in a few dashes of cinnamon. Then take an apple, slice it horizontally into rings and dip the rings into the pancake batter. Grill the apple rings over medium heat until golden brown, and enjoy a unique take on cinnamon apple pancakes.

The Summer Book List

When you’re on the road this summer, you’ll likely have some downtime to fill while traveling, waiting for meetings or appointments, etc. Put some of that spare time to good use and sneak in a little reading. Paperbacks and hardcovers are great, but if you are a fast reader or travel often, consider investing in an E-Reader. E-Reader’s can help lighten the load when you’re trying to pack light, since the slim device can hold all your books.
Also, if you’ll be in a vehicle for long periods of time, download a few audio books. Listening to a novel can make a nice change from the regular radio stations.
Here are the best books that we recommend reading on the road this summer. We’ve chose books set in American cities that are home to some of our InTown Suites Locations

1. Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America – Erik Lason
This book is so intriguing that you won’t believe it’s actually non-fiction. The author takes you back in time to Chicago in 1933 when the city was getting ready to host the World’s Fair. The book is written about two important men, the man who designed the Fair, and the serial killer who used the fair to lure in out-of-town women. The book reads like a suspense novel, but is actually a history lesson.

2. The Walking Dead – Robert Kirkman
The AMC Series is one of the hottest shows on television. Read the comics that started it all. The Walking Dead follows Rick Grimes, a former sheriff who wakes up in a hospital bed and discovers the world is now full of zombies. The comics are set largely in Georgia with lots of action in Atlanta in the first few editions. There are currently 22 volumes, providing hours of entertainment!

3. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom – Cory Doctorow
Will Disney World be around for future generations? The author of this science-fiction novel thinks so. Set in Orlando in the 22nd Century, this book sees the protagonist get to live out his dreams of living in Disney World, while new groups try and retool the rides to make them more modern.

4. Last Train to Memphis – The Rise of Elvis Presley – Peter Guralnick
The first of two books tracing the history of The King of Rock n’ Roll. This biography chronicles his early childhood years in Memphis, traces the beginnings of his music career in Nashville and concludes at the point when enters mega stardom. The author gives some great insights into what made Elvis into a timeless legend.

5. The Glass Menagerie – Tennessee Williams
Read the play that brought fame to Tennessee Williams.  Set in Saint Louis in the 1930’s, this play tells the story of the Wingfield family, and shows how they are coping, years after the father of the family disappeared. Even if you’ve seen the play, it’s worth a read – it’s a classic for a reason.

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