The 12 Best Keurig Single Cup Coffee Makers for 2020

The 12 Best Keurig Single Cup Coffee Makers for 2020
The 12 Best Keurig Single Cup Coffee Makers for 2020
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I love coffee.  Some say that coffee has many health benefits while others claim that it’s the gateway to an early grave.  There are even studies on caffeine overdose. (Who knew?)

I don’t care.  At my usual intake of 2 cups every morning (sometimes 3 if I’m feeling froggy), I’m relatively sure I’m not rolling the dice in either direction.

My husband was famous for drinking any coffee, no matter how thick, old or bitter.  If he could get it down with a knife and fork, he was all in.  Not me.  Because I like my coffee black, I like to have good, fresh coffee and this is why I fell in love with Keurig.  To have a fresh cup of coffee every single time is a dream come true!

While we’re on the subject, I would like to take a few minutes and review what I consider to be the 12 best Keurig single cup coffee makers for 2020.

Keurig: Original Design

Keurig® K Classic®

  • Brews coffee, tea, hot cocoa, specialty, and iced beverages
  • 48-ounce water reservoir
  • Brew selection: 6, 8 or 10 oz cups
  • Automatic shut off.
  • Removable Drip tray accommodates a 7.1″ travel mug
  • Brew time: less than one minute
  • 13.3″ high (17.6” when open) x 10.1” wide x 13.2 deep.
  • Weight 10.6 lbs.
  • Available colors:   Red and black

Keurig® K-Select® Coffee Maker

  • Strong Brew selection for a bolder and more intense cup
  • 52-ounce water reservoir
  • Brew selection: 6, 8, 10 or 12 oz cups
  • Programmable automatic shut off.
  • Removable Drip tray accommodates 7.2″ travel mug
  • Brew time: less than one minute with Quiet Brew Technology™
  • 12.5″ high (17” when open) x 9.2” wide x 11.6” deep.
  • Weight 7.3 lbs.
  • Colors available:  Red, black, sandstone, navy blue, white and oasis

Keurig® K-Elite® Single Serve Coffee Maker

  • Programmable features allow for auto on/off, brew temperature and high altitude
  • Hot water on demand
  • Iced setting for full-flavored, delicious iced coffee
  • Strong Brew selection for a bolder and more intense cup
  • 75-ounce water reservoir
  • Brew selection: 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 oz cups
  • Removable Drip tray accommodates 7.2″ travel mug
  • Brew time: less than one minute with Quiet Brew Technology™
  • 13.1″ high (16.5” when open) x 9.9” wide x 12.7” deep.
  • Weight 8.0 lbs.
  • Colors available:  Brushed silver, brushed slate, brushed gold

Design For Smaller Spaces

Keurig® K-Mini® Single Serve Coffee Maker

  • Compact size for smaller spaces
  • Cord storage for easy transport and a tidy countertop
  • Fill the reservoir with each use
  • Brew selection: 6, 8, 10 or 12 oz cups
  • Automatic shut off
  • Removable Drip tray accommodates 7” travel mug
  • 12.1” high (16.8” when open) x 4.5” wide x 11.3” deep.
  • Weight 4.6 lbs
  • Colors available:  Black, studio gray, dusty rose and oasis

Keurig® K-Mini Plus® Single Serve Coffee Maker

  • Compact size for smaller spaces
  • Pod storage holds 9 k cup pods and for ultimate portability/counter space
  • Cord storage for easy transport and tidy countertops
  • Fill the removable reservoir with each use
  • Brew selection: 6, 8, 10 or 12 oz cups
  • Automatic shut off
  • Removable Drip tray accommodates 7” travel mug
  • Strong Brew selection for a bolder and more intense cup
  • 12.1” high (16.8” when open) x 4.5” wide x 11.3” deep
  • Weight: 4.6 lbs
  • Colors available:  Matte black, cardinal red, studio gray, evening teal, dreamy blue and white


  • Slimmer design for smaller spaces
  • 46-ounce water reservoir
  • Brew selection: 8, 10 or 12 oz cups
  • Automatic shut off
  • Removable Drip tray accommodates 7” travel mug
  • 12.14” high (17.28” when open) x 4.76” wide x 15.2” deep
  • Weight: 6.22 lbs
  • Colors available:  black, black plum, burnt orange, chili red, denim, greenery, oasis, platinum, red, true blue


  • Brews coffee, tea, hot cocoa, specialty, and iced beverages
  • Compact size for smaller spaces
  • Cord storage for easy transport and tidy countertops
  • Brew selection: 6, 8 or 10 oz cups
  • Automatic shut off
  • 11.1” high (12.8 when open) x 7.5” wide x 10.5” deep
  • Weight: 6.6 lbs

Specialty Coffee Drinks

KEURIG® K-Café® Single Serve

  • Shot Button uses a standard K-Cup pod for specialty coffee drinks
  • Dishwasher safe frother for hot or cold frothed milk
  • Long 30” cord length
  • Smart Start one step brewing
  • Strong Brew selection for a bolder and more intense cup
  • 60-ounce water reservoir
  • Brew selection: 6, 8, 10 or 12 oz cups
  • Programmable automatic shut off
  • Removable Drip tray accommodates a 7.2” travel mug
  • 12.5” high (16.8” when open) x 15.3” wide x 11.7” deep
  • Weight: 10.0 lbs

KEURIG® K-Café® Special Edition

  • Special Edition nickel colored finish
  • Shot Button uses a standard K-Cup pod for specialty coffee drinks
  • Dishwasher safe frother for hot or cold frothed milk
  • Long 30” cord length
  • Smart Start one step brewing
  • Strong Brew selection for a bolder and more intense cup
  • 60-ounce water reservoir
  • Brew selection: 6, 8, 10 or 12 oz cups
  • Programmable automatic shut off
  • Removable Drip tray accommodates a 7.2” travel mug
  • 12.5” high (16.7” when open) x 15.3” wide x 11.7” deep
  • Weight: 10.2 lbs


Keurig Coffee Pots

KEURIG® K-Duo Plus™

  • 12 cup thermal carafe keeps coffee warm for 2 hours
  • Gold mesh reusable coffee filter
  • Pause & Pour feature
  • Long 39” cord length
  • Smart Start one step brewing
  • Strong Brew selection for a bolder and more intense cup
  • 60-ounce Multi-Position Water Reservoir
  • Multi brew selection:  6, 8, 10, or 12-cup carafe/6, 8, 10 or 12 oz cups
  • 24-hour Programmable Carafe Auto Brew
  • Automatic shut off
  • Removable Drip tray accommodates 8” travel mug
  • Water reservoir on the side: 14.19” high x 8.2” wide x 11.7” deep
  • Water reservoir in the rear: 14.19” high x 7.68” wide x 15.88” deep
  • Height with handle open: 17.5” high
  • Weight: 10.97 lbs
  • Carafe: 1.78 lbs


  • Brews a cup and a 12 cup carafe using both ground coffee and K-Cup® pods
  • Compatible with gold mesh reusable coffee filter (sold separately)
  • Pause & Pour feature
  • Long 30” cord length
  • Smart Start one step brewing
  • Strong Brew selection for a bolder and more intense cup
  • Heating plate to keep coffee hot
  • 60-ounce water reservoir
  • Multi brew selection:  6, 8, 10, or 12-cup carafe/6, 8, 10 or 12 oz cups
  • 24-hour Programmable Carafe Auto Brew
  • Automatic shut off
  • Removable Drip tray accommodates an 8” travel mug
  • 12.92” high (18’ when open) x 10.94” wide x 12.76” deep
  • Weight: 9.71 lb
  • Carafe: 1 lb

Professional Models

Keurig® K155 OfficePRO®

  • Full-color LCD touchscreen
  • Adjustable brew temperature
  • Programmable features such as language and clock time
  • Easily drains for transport and storage
  • 90-ounce water reservoir
  • Auto On/Off feature
  • Brew selection: 4, 6, 8 or 10 oz cups
  • 13.9” high x 10.4” wide x 14” deep

Wait! Aren’t K-Cups® Bad For The Environment???

The short answer is…maybe.  Keurig® has made a commitment to make all their pods from completely recyclable materials by the end of 2020.  Even then, recycling a  K-Cup® is not for the faint of heart.

What’s the answer then?  I have used reusable coffee pods for years.  Just add your own coffee!

These plastic and mesh pods are incredibly inexpensive but I found that the mesh tends to spring a leak after a bit of use, which makes it semi-disposable (in my opinion).  Better than a single-use pod for sure but I prefer this heavy-duty stainless steel one. Sure it’s a bit more money but I’ve been using mine for 5 years now…and it’s still in great shape!

What are you waiting for?  Your delicious, freshly brewed, environmentally friendly is just a click away!  The only question is…which one are you going to choose?

All my best,



Braised Beef with Potatoes

Braised Beef with Potatoes
(Courtesy: Yuhong Sun)


1 lb flank steak

2 potatoes

5 cloves garlic (5 tsp), thinly sliced

2-inch knob ginger root (½ oz, ¼ cup), cut into thin slices

1 tbsp cooking wine

4 tbsp vegetable or canola oil

4 dried red chili peppers (optional)

2 bay leaves

1 tbsp sugar

3 tbsp soy sauce

½ onion, sliced

3 cup water

2 green onion, cut into 1” lengths

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp salt


Cut potatoes into 1” cubes. Cover potatoes in water and set aside.

Cut beef into 1” cubes. Place in a large pot and cover with cold water. Add cooking wine. Cover pan and turn heat to high.

When the water comes to a boil, drain beef into a heat-resistant colander and rinse under cold water.

Add oil to saute pan or wok. Put in chili peppers and bay leaves. Turn heat up to medium-high.

When oil is hot, add ginger and garlic. Saute for 2 minutes. Add beef, soy sauce and sugar.

Stir fry for 5 minutes. Add sliced onion and water. Add more water if necessary to cover all ingredients in the pan. Add green onions.

Cover pan, turn heat to medium and simmer for one hour. Remove green onion and chili peppers. Add salt and pepper.

Add potatoes and simmer for 20 minutes.

Garnish with sliced green onions and serve.


4 servings, 500 calories per serving

Hack: Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root? Grating it in its frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it! Simply place it in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.

Hack: Chop leftover green onions and freeze in a sealable freezer bag or container for future use.

Hack:  For more instructional videos for making traditional Chinese cuisine, visit Yuhong’s Country Kitchen on YouTube!



Best Orange Vinaigrette Dressing


Best Orange Vinaigrette Dressing

½ cup orange juice

Light syrup from one 11 oz can of mandarin oranges

1 tbls minced red onion

2 tbls apple cider vinegar

½ tsp salt

½ tsp black pepper

¼ cup olive oil

Place orange juice and light syrup in a small saucepan. Boil over medium high heat until thicken and reduced to ¼ cup., about 40 minutes. Stir frequently. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine onion, vinegar, salt, pepper and oil. Add orange syrup and mix well.

Store tightly covered the refrigerator.

5 servings (2 tbls each), 145 calories per serving

Hack:  Try this dressing with Orange Beet Salad!

Spicy Pinto Beans

Spicy Pinto Beans


1 cup dried pinto beans

3 cups water, divided

4 oz salt pork

1 small onion, chopped

½ red bell pepper, chopped

½ green bell pepper, chopped

½ jalapeno pepper, minced

½ tsp cayenne pepper

½ tsp pepper

Salt to taste


Place pinto beans in a bowl and cover with 2 cups of cool water. Cover the bowl and soak at room temperature for a minimum of 6 hours and a maximum of 12 hours.

Remove rind from salt pork and chop into small pieces. Place in a deep saucepan with beans, onion, peppers and spices. Cover with 1 cup water.

Bring beans to a boil. Turn heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until beans are tender, 1 ½ to 2 hours. Stir occasionally and add water as necessary to keep the mixture covered. Increase water levels if a more soup-like consistency is desired.

Allow to set for 30 minutes before serving. Reheat if necessary.


4 servings, 395 calories per serving

Hack: Serve with Spanish rice for a great lunch/dinner or eggs for a hearty breakfast!

Hack: Freeze leftovers sealed in serving-sized packages for later use.



Cranberry Jalapeño Dip


Cranberry Jalapeño Dip
(Courtesy: Penny Jacques)

½ block cream cheese, softened (4 oz)

½  cup sour cream

¼  cup whole berry cranberry sauce

½  diced small jalapeño pepper, minced

Put cranberry sauce in a colander and shake to remove as much jelly as possible, leaving just the sweetened cranberries.

Mix cranberries with cream cheese, sour cream and jalapeno pepper.  Refrigerate for several hours to allow flavors to blend.

Refrigerate leftovers for up to 5 days.

10 servings (2 tbls),  71 calories per serving

Hack:  Fresh cranberries are only between October and December, which is why they’re such a holiday favorite!  Take advantage of that time window to buy a few extra bags for your freezer.  Did you miss your chance?  Check the freezer section of the supermarket where you’re likely to find some in with the berry section.

Did you know? People call cranberries a superfood for good reason: They have all kinds of health-boosting benefits.


Shopping for one person – 12 of Your Questions Answered

Shopping for one person may seem easy in theory. After all, it’s just you, right? And you know what you like, right? Right?

Then why does it seem so hard once you get behind the wheel of that shopping cart?

You know like chicken but the choices seem overwhelming. Whole chicken? Half? Wing, thigh, breast, ground, bone in, bone out? With rice or potatoes, stuffed, in a salad, on a sandwich? Hot? Cold? Gravy? No? Do you even have the stuff at home to make any of these dishes?

Relax for a few minutes while I do my best to get 12 most common of
your questions answered.


How Do I Buy Groceries For One Person?

What is a basic grocery list?

This is what I would consider to be a basic list of thing you will want in your kitchen:

  • Meat, poultry, seafood and tofu
  • Grains such as pasta, oatmeal, flour
  • Cooking oils and butter
  • Dairy such as milk, yogurt and cheese or nut based alternatives
  • Garlic
  • Fresh and/or frozen fruits and vegetables
  • Canned tomatoes and/or sauce (no preservatives added)
  • Dried fruits such as raisins and cranberries
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Peanut butter
  • Eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chicken or vegetable stock/cubes (no preservatives added)
  • Honey
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Sugar

Exactly what you decide to get is up to you but use this as a general guideline. Buy only those things you like to eat and know how to use/prepare (unless you’re trying a new recipe, which I encourage wholeheartedly).

Condiments and spices can be expensive to buy all at once so I suggest that you buy them as you go along. In other words, only buy the condiments and spices you will need for this weeks (or months) meal plan. Eventually you will find that you have a supply of everything you need!

How can I simplify grocery shopping?

How Will I Know What To Buy?

Make a list. The easiest way to make sure you have a complete list when you hit the market is to make a meal plan for the period for which you’re shopping and list everything you’ll need for that plan (that you don’t already have).

Keep it running. Keep the list on your fridge (or your phone) and immediately add to it when you notice you’re low on something.

Check your budget. If it looks like you’re shopping is going to cost more than you had allotted, go back through your list to decide what you can put off until the next trip.

Organize your shopping list. Set up your list in the order you’ll be walking the store. Clump all your produce together, for example, and your meats. When you get to the aisle section of the store, try to group things together that would be in the same section such as condiments, spices, baking supplies, etc.

For more information on this subject, check out my article, “Shopping For One Person”.

How Often Should I Grocery Shop?

This is a completely personal choice and varies wildly. Much of it depends on a person’s access to a grocery store and how much he/she enjoys or can afford to shop. I have a friend who shops for her food daily (“How would I know what I want to eat tomorrow?”), while another views her bi-weekly curbside pickup as a blessing (because she never has to step foot in a grocery store ever again). Some will shop monthly due to fixed income schedules. The average person goes to the grocery store 1-2 times per week, which is how my schedule looks, but this decision is totally up to you.

When Is The Best Time To Go Food Shopping?

Early mornings before 9:00am or evenings after 7:00pm are typically the times that stores are the least crowded. The busiest time of day 3:00pm to 7:00 pm due to school release and people getting out of work

How do I grocery shop on a budget?


How much does food cost per month for one person?

The USDA publishes a monthly food plan which indicates that it costs between $165 and $345 a month to purchase a healthy variety of food for one person.

How much does the average person spend on groceries?

The amount varies wildly depending on gender, income, expenses, household size and ratio of home cooking to pre-made, take out and restaurant dining. It’s important to have a food budget that coincides with your income and expenses.

How Do I Budget For Groceries?

In general, most people spend an average of 6% of their income on groceries and another 5% on pre-made, takeout or dining out. You can use this as a general guideline to see where you stack up against “the norm” but the amount you budget should reflect your eating habits as well as your ability to cover your other expenses.

If you’re concerned that you spend too much on groceries, try keeping your receipts for a month or two to track what you purchase, where and when. Are you spending too much money on items that could be scaled back? Are you making poor choices on certain days or times (for example after a long day at work?) Are you paying extra by buying single items at the convenience store each morning when those might be less expensive if bought ahead at the supermarket in larger packages?


What Can I Do If I Have No Money For Food?

Food pantries are a fabulous resource, whether you use them on a regular basis or just for those “lean times” caused by things like unexpected car repairs or reduced work hours. In many instances, it’s not necessary to prove income or need. Click here to find a list of food pantries in your area.

How Do I Eat Healthy On A Tight Budget?

Please read my article “How To Eat Well On A Budget” for some thoughts on how to get by when times are tough!

What are the cheapest meals to make at home?

Here is a list of the foods that will give you the most bang for your buck. Tasty, nutritious and inexpensive, these foods can be your safety net on those weeks when you check just isn’t stretching as far as you’d like it to!

  • Eggs
  • Rice
  • Dried or canned beans, lentils, chickpeas
  • Pasta
  • Peanut butter
  • Oatmeal
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Potatoes
  • Canned tuna and salmon
  • Fresh Carrots
  • Fresh Onions
  • Bananas
  • Chicken or pork (look for sale prices!)
  • Yogurt
  • Cottage cheese

What often happens when I’m in a spot is that I will find myself with a few random food items but I’ll have no way to tie them together into a meal. When that happens, I’ll do a recipe search on my computer. Seriously, just type in “tuna, rice, tomato” and see what comes up. I guarantee you have more options than you think you do!

Another thing to remember is that, once you get your supply built up, spices and condiments go a long way in jazzing up a couple of simple items. I have a number of recipes on this site that consist of just a few key ingredients paired with spices or condiments! Pork pie filling, Korean beef marinade and General Tso’s chicken are just a few examples.

Go Forth And Conquer


I hope these tips will help you put your next shopping trip in perspective. Now go forth and get some groceries! And please comment below if you have any tips you’d like to share.

All my best




Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Chicken


Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Chicken


1 chicken breast (8 oz)

3 slices bacon

2 tbls brown sugar

1 ½ tsp dried parsley

1 tsp paprika

¼ tsp garlic powder

⅛ tsp onion powder

¼ tsp black pepper

¼ tsp salt


Preheat the oven to 375℉.

Slice chicken breast lengthwise into 3 strips.  Pat dry with a paper towel and set aside.

In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, parsley, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and salt.

Roll to coat each chicken strip in brown sugar mixture.  Wrap each strip in one slice of bacon, stretching bacon to cover as much of the surface of the chicken as possible.

Place bacon in an oven safe baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining brown sugar mixture.  Bake until bacon is browned and the chicken has an internal temperature of 160℉, 20-25 minutes.

Serve with honey mustard dipping sauce, if desired.


3 servings, 274 calories per serving, including sauce

Creamed Pearl Onions and Peas

Creamed Pearl Onions and Peas


½ cup frozen pearl onions

1 cup frozen peas

2 tbsp butter

1 tbsp flour

½ tsp sugar

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp black pepper

½ cup milk

2 tbsp Parmesan cheese (optional)



Simmer pearl onions in water for 5 minutes. Drain.

Melt butter in a saute pan. Add onions and saute for 3 minutes.

Add peas and saute for 1 minute.

Add flour, sugar, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined with butter.

Gradually add milk, stirring constantly, and simmer until sauce has thickened (1-2 minutes).

Add Parmesan, if desired. Serve hot.

3 servings, 174 calories per serving



Warm Vegetable Salad


Warm Vegetable Salad
(Courtesy: Penny Jacques)

¼ cup broccoli florets, cut into bite-sized pieces

¼ cup cauliflower florets, cut into bite-sized pieces

¼ cup Brussels sprouts, thinly sliced (2 whole)

¼ cup matchstick carrots

1 shallot, thinly sliced

1 tsp dried parsley

1 tsp olive oil

2 tbsp lemon turmeric dressing*


Preheat the oven to 350℉.

Combine vegetable and parsley in a small bowl and toss with olive oil. Spread on a baking sheet in a single layer.

Roast for 10 to 20 minutes, or to desired tenderness. Toss with lemon turmeric dressing and serve immediately.

*Turmeric stains anything it touches so use caution!


1 serving, 285 calories

Hack: Matchstick carrots can be found in the packaged section of the produce department. Freeze any leftover carrots for use in cooking

Hack: Check the produce department of your local grocery store for pre-cut broccoli and cauliflower florets to avoid having to buy an entire head. Frozen broccoli and cauliflower florets would also work in this recipe.

Hack: Check the produce department for loose Brussels sprouts and shallots. If you don’t see them, ask a clerk if they’re available.

Hack: Shop the salad bar if you just need a small amount of an item that you don’t think you’ll use again before it “goes over”.



Eating Healthy On Vacation And Business Trips


It’s time. The annual family vacation, seminar, corporate bonding session or meet-up with far away friends and family. Or maybe it’s just better than staying home. Whatever your reason for hitting the road, there’s no reason to break with your decision to eat wholesome foods!

I’d like to present my strategy on eating healthy while on vacation or a business trip! It’s a piece of cake!

Food For The Journey

Air Travel

Airport food is overpriced and never very good. It’s commonplace to spend $20+ on a bottle of water, a teeny-tiny bag of chips and a cold sandwich that was made who-knows-how-long-ago.

The good news? TSA allows a wide variety of food through the security checkpoint and onto the airplane. Meats, cheese, bread, crackers, nuts…basically anything that’s not a liquid or packed in liquid. One caveat: Some fresh fruits and vegetables are NOT allowed, depending on their point of origin.

As for that overpriced water? Bring an empty drinking container and fill it once you get past the checkpoint.

Road Tripping

Hit the supermarket the day before to pick up a variety of healthy food. Road trips can be long and it makes us want to eat out of sheer boredom. Keep this in mind when choosing food. Come up with unusual or fun choices and let everyone in the car have a say what they’d like to eat while on the road. If feasible, allow for some more expensive foods that may not be in your house on a regular basis, such as roast beef or exotic cheese. Don’t forget snacks that are easy to eat in the car such as grapes or nuts!

Stop for meals and some leg stretching in a park, when possible, instead of a rest area, where the sights and smells from fast food stands and convenience stores might tempt you to eat junk.

If you find that you have to stop for food, skip the convenience store. Instead, choose a grocery store where there is a wider variety of healthy options.

At Your Destination

So you’ve arrived at your destination, checked in and unpacked your bags. Now it’s time to make a meal plan! The first thing you’re going to want to do is hit the supermarket (yes, again) because the easiest way to keep healthy while away from home is to continue to make your own meals as much as possible.

I know what you’re thinking. How are you going to make a healthy meal in a hotel room?

I’m going to assume you have a refrigerator in your room. Good deal. Depending on how long your stay is (and how big the refrigerator is), you may be able to get all your food in one trip and not have to worry about it again!

I’m going to also assume that you have a microwave in your room. This is good news because microwaves are for more than cooking frozen entrees! Cook a fresh bowl of oatmeal in less than 2 minutes. Throw some uncooked pasta in a bowl of water and microwave it for 5-8 minutes. Quesadillas, baked potatoes, nachos, scrambled eggs and bacon, steamed veggies, ground beef, rice, corn on the cob. Etcetera. Etcetera. Etcetera.

Pick up frozen, fully cooked chicken breasts and a bag of salad greens to toss together with some oil and vinegar for a super fast salad. Use the chicken that’s left to throw together some chicken salad. How about a peanut butter and fresh strawberry sandwich?

Make some overnight oats before hitting the hay for a super quick breakfast the next morning. Mix up any remaining yogurt with some fresh fruit or berries for a refreshing snack. How about some guacamole boats or a hummus wrap?

Day Tripping

At some point, you’re going to want to (or have to) leave your room. You know, to go to the theme park, business meeting, seminar or whatever brought you to town.

Never fear, I have ideas!

If you’re out for the day, pack a lunch. If you drove from home, you may have brought a cooler for the road trip. If you flew, you can purchase (or maybe you thought to pack) a collapsible insulated bag. Seal some hotel ice in a Ziploc bag to keep things cool.

If you’re in a meeting or at an event that includes a buffet-style lunch (or dinner), there are usually healthy options to choose from. If you think this will not be the case, feel free to bring your own lunch because, hey, it’s a free country, man. *flashes peace sign* If someone calls you out, you can cite health issues, which is absolutely true…you’re healthy and you want to stay that way.

Always keep some healthy snacks and drinks close at hand for combating between meal hunger (and that pastry bar they always have at meetings!). Think trail mix, fresh fruit, peanut butter crackers or popcorn, which you can pop up fresh in a paper bag using your hotel microwave. You’re welcome.

Create a custom healthy drink by popping a teabag and/or a few slices of lemon, cucumber or strawberry into your water bottle.

Eating Clean When Eating Out

It’s bound to happen. Maybe it’s a meeting, maybe you’ve been outvoted, maybe you just want to have someone else cook for a change. Whatever the reason, here you are at what always seems to be the apex of your downfall — dining out.

Let me assure you that eating in a restaurant doesn’t have to be unhealthy.

The first thing you need to do is fix your mindset. Remember that vacations and business trips are not about the food. They are about taking in the sights, foraging tighter bonds with people you know and connecting with people you don’t. It’s about having new experiences and learning new things. It’s all about the journey.

But you still have to order dinner.

Look for “naked” proteins that aren’t covered in sauces or cheese. The same goes for a veggie or potato side. This might be, for example, steak, broccoli and a baked potato. If you don’t see anything that fits the bill, ask your server if the kitchen can prepare something for you.

The salad bar is another great option for your veggie side or even for your whole meal. Stick with the fresh veggies, fruits, healthy proteins such as eggs and nuts/seeds. Skip the (probably premade) salad dressings and ask your server to bring you oil and vinegar to top it off.

For a more in depth discussion about eating healthy in restaurants, check out my article on the subject!

Falling Off The (Whole Foods) Wagon

You were fine. Just fine. You were eating well, staying strong, feeling great but the moment you passed through that entrance to the fair, the smell of that fried dough hit you. You fell off the wagon and you fell hard. You proceeded to eat your way through the entire fair, reeling from one concession side show to the next until you had hit them all. Now you’re feeling guilty, tired, cranky, bloated and more than a little nauseated.

Guess what? It happens to the best of us. Put it in your rear view and climb right back on that wagon!

I also have a few tips to help you feel better fast:

  • Take a walk. A brisk walk will speed up your metabolism, which will help to empty your stomach and shed excess fluid. It’s also a mood booster, Win-win!
  • Drink some water. A steady intake of water will help you lose the bloat, especially if you add a few slices of lemon, lime or cucumber. Coffee and green or hibiscus tea are also natural diuretics.
  • Have a piece of candy. Sucking on a peppermint or ginger candy will help alleviate the nausea associated with overeating.
  • Get some sleep. A good night’s rest will leave you feeling strong, confident, energized and ready to get back on track!

Whatever you do, don’t follow through with the promise you made to yourself that you’re “never going to eat again”. Skipping meals will only lead to extreme hunger and another binge.

What are your hacks to survive traveling? Let me know in the comments below!

All my best,