Travel season is upon us! With spring break almost here and summer right around the corner, chances are you might be hitting the open road — maybe taking a family trip or two and enjoying some much needed time off.
I’ve traveled a lot over the course of my life, both for business and pleasure. One thing I find is always a struggle: Eating right! The hotel breakfasts, if they’re more than a donut and a small container of orange juice, aren’t always up my alley. As a result, I’ve had to develop a few “gourmet” go-to recipes that can be made on the road with items both hand-carried and from your hotel, and I’m happy to share them with you today! I hope you’ll enjoy this Breakfast Fruit Salad with Honey & Toast as well as Blackberry Porridge with Apples & Bananas.
Looking for more snacks to take on the road — or plane? Try Amy’s TSA-friendly healthy snack recipes, including fruit and grain bars and lightened-up Chocolate Chip, Pretzel & Bacon Cookies. Yum!
When it comes to life on the road, the breakfast on the go is best served light and with no fuss. As you consider the two following recipes, remember these tips:
- These recipes are perfect for multiple people, and they don’t take long to make.
- You can travel with plastic silverware.
- Don’t stress if you can’t eat/can’t find all the ingredients.
- You should be able to travel with these food items on a plane minus the liquids; however, many of these items, including the liquids, are available from the hotel (fruit, butter pats, oats, etc). Collect a few items from the breakfast buffet to complete your recipe.
- Honey and sugar packets can also be found at a local coffee shop.
- An ice bucket with a liner makes a great container for mixing a salad!
Breakfast Fruit Salad with Honey & Toast
This salad is more simple than it looks! If a certain ingredient isn’t available, don’t worry — it’s going to be delicious no matter what, especially when you drizzle the honey on top!
- 1 cup endive, washed and chopped
- 1 cup romaine lettuce, washed and chopped
- 1 orange, sliced into wedges
- 1 small cucumber, diced or sliced thin
- 1/2 cup seedless grapes
- 2-3 ripe strawberries, sliced
- 1/4 cup Parmesan, shredded
- 1 Tablespoon raw pumpkin seeds
- 2 Tablespoons honey (get the free packets from your hotel)
- 1 slice of toasted bread
- Arrange lettuce on a plate.
- Add orange slices, red grapes, sliced strawberries, and cucumbers over lettuce.
- Scatter on some raw pumpkin seeds.
- Top with shredded Parmesan cheese.
- Drizzle with sweet, golden honey.
- Serve with a slice of toast cut into strips.
Porridge & Blackberry Syrup with Apples & Bananas
The oats provide slow-burning fuel for any long day of work, and the apples and bananas provide a ton of essential vitamins and natural fiber. But the cherry on top is the blackberry simple syrup, which is optional, but I highly recommend it!
- 1/2 cup porridge oats or whole rolled oats
- 1 cup water
- 1-2 Tablespoons milk
- 1 pinch of sea salt or kosher salt
- 1 Tablespoon unsalted sweet cream butter (optional)
- 1 green apple, cored, peeled and diced
- 1 banana, peeled and sliced
- 2 Tablespoons blackberry simple syrup (optional)
Blackberry Simple Syrup ingredients
- 1/2 cup blackberries
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- In a medium microwave-safe bowl add oats, water, and pinch of salt. Make sure to use a large bowl; this will prevent the oatmeal from spilling when cooking. The oatmeal will absorb water and expand quickly when cooked in a microwave, so keep an eye on it to avoid a mess.
- Cook and stir for 2 minutes.
- When the oats have become thick and a little pasty, add butter and gradually stir in the milk.
- Remove the bowl from microwave. If the oats are too thick for your liking, add a Tablespoon at a time of milk until you get the consistency you want.
- Spoon 1 Tablespoon of blackberry syrup into the bottom of a serving bowl. Then add a ladle of porridge, top with an additional Tablespoon of blackberry simple syrup, diced green apple, and slices of ripe banana.
Blackberry Simple Syrup directions
- Add 1/2 cup of blackberries to a microwave safe bowl.
- Add 2 Tablespoons of sugar and 3/4 cup of water.
- Microwave on high for 3 minutes, one minute at a time.
- Remove from microwave and allow syrup to steep for 2 minutes.