Katie is one.
Crazy cool. Crazy awesome. Simply crazy!
We flew back to Jersey to celebrate her first birthday with our friends and families on the east coast. We had such a great time and as I was packing up my “airplane” food, I realized that I’ve never discussed airplane food with you guys SO I thought this would be the perfect time to do a “Let’s Eat” (on the plane) post! From my experience, I have found that airports and airplanes are some of the most challenging places to find ANY form of clean foods.
The airport is hit or miss terminal to terminal and even a “good” terminal doesn’t usually have a lot to offer. If I can find a piece of fruit, some nuts and a latte I’m feeling pretty good about myself BUT more often than not I usually end up stealing bites off of my husbands egg sandwich (the one I didn’t want when he asked but can’t seem to resist once he starts eating!).
Anyhow… my first tip is to EAT BREAKFAST AT HOME and make it a good one! This will give you a step in the door towards a day full of nutritious food choices and save you a good chunk of cash too!
Now, did I take my own advice? Of course not!
Not this time, anyway…
So here’s is what a days worth of food, while traveling coast to coast, looked like:
[FYI – this was an 8:30 flight out of NY arriving at noon in LA – about 6 hours]
Woke up around five and grabbed some coffees at Dunkin Donuts (my day always starts with coffee). Truth be told, I’m a Starbucks girl but when visiting Mom and Dad it’s always good old’ D&D.
Off to the the airport, ignoring my own breakfast advice I was hungry by around 7:30 which was right before we boarded the plane. I started with a very convenient and rib sticking handful of almonds and prunes:
Along with a nice big banana that I shared with Katie:
It was a little green but what can ya do, it was still yummy!
This was a good start for me… it was hearty enough to keep me satisfied for a while and it is all super-easy travel food!
Once we were on the plane and all settled they came around with that damn breakfast cart (this was probably around 9:30) Now here’s the catch with the cart… the food is not good (I mean, would anyone argue this?). And even though I had my own snacks packed I have a hard time saying no to the breakfast offering (which was an egg sandwich on a biscuit, a mini muffin, and some fruit.)
So here’s what I did. I ate my peanut butter sandwich on rye (which was really lacking in the peanut butter department):
Along with some green apple that I squished with lemon juice so it wouldn’t turn brown:
Then I proceeded to take one bite of the little muffin (can’t even tell you what flavor it was) and about two bites and en extra little piece of the biscuit from the egg sandwich!
I know!? Don’t ask… I wasn’t hungry for it and it wasn’t necessarily tempting BUT for some reason I have the need to try EVERYthing!! [*NOTE TO SELF: I would really like to work on simply saying, “NO” when that little breakfast cart comes along.] I’ll get there…. slow and steady or as a good friend of mine prefers to say, “strong and steady” (I like her twist!).
I would say around about two and a half three hours later was when I started to get hungry again. Now, I wasn’t hungry for pretzels or peanuts or any other starchy, salty snack the airlines usually offer. This hunger is more of a “boredom-antsy-want-a-refreshing-crunchy-hydrating-kind-of-snack” hungry. And this is why I LOVE to pack my own snacks.
Now I don’t remember exact times, but my hubby and I proceeded to snack on all these yummies for the rest of the flight;
Peaches! One yellow and one white, chopped up:
So perfectly refreshing!
Cucumbers (hello hydration!)
Cut up celery and green peppers:
and last but not least a little bit of buffalo jerky (totally salty and not refreshing but there is just something about the “chew” that helps alleviate the boredom munchies of a plane while sneaking in a little protein):
Oh!! And LOTS and LOTS of water.
I always bring a big bottle for myself and will ask for water whenever the “drink cart” comes around too.
By the time we got home it is was only 1pm LA time but since we were on East coast time it felt more like four or five.
For dinner we ordered some Persian food (no photos!) cause the fridge was empty and I wasn’t in the cooking mood! We shared a chicken kebab with onions and peppers (they are big), had some rice, and a big fat Persian salad which is basically romaine lettuce with walnuts, feta, dates, currants, black olives and cucumbers topped with fresh lemon juice and olive oil. The perfect post plane meal… light, fresh, crunchy, clean and delicious!
What about you guys? What do you like to eat when you fly?
Stay tuned for my “Top 10 Favorite Healthy Snacks to Pack When You Fly“ List!