Planes, trains, and automobiles. The three things that make most health conscious people cringe.
1) Hello seated, claustrophobic, germ infested public transit.
2) Healthy food options are slim to none.
3) Messes with sleep, routine, the things that make us calm and quaint.
Travel is hard on everyone and every –body.
Diving into my carry- on you will find (available at every airport)
-Bag of Raw Almonds
-Liter water bottle (yes, even if it costs 5.00)
-Gum galore (peppermint, spearmint)
-Bananas, apples, and a yogurt (fruit’s vary depending on what I can find at the airport)
These snacks make saying, “No, thanks” an easy, automated reply to the flight attendant who comes around mid-flight and chimes “cookies, pretzels, peanuts?”
… I prefer not to experience a sugar high that leaves me with a headache, an amount of sodium that is enough for two full days, nor pretzels that do nothing for anyone’s appetite, but pick them up only to let them down 20 minutes later. Eating the foods I know and like are a much better bet that taking an experimental food choice via air travel.
If you are reading this and are a part of the majority that cannot be on a plane for more than four hours without actually eating a meal, here are some options for you: (These take a little pre-travel prep)
-Whole wheat peanut butter or almond butter banana sandwich (gluten free bread option)
-Whole wheat peanut butter or almond butter sandwich with organic raspberry or strawberry jam
-Spinach, walnut, cranberry, olive oil and balsamic vinegar wrap (use whole wheat tortilla or try Ezekiel brands wraps)
-Quinoa, cranberries or blueberries, walnuts, and spinach
The trick is to find protein options that do not require refrigeration.
Best Bet: Nuts
The best nuts concerning overall nutrition: raw almonds, pistachios, and walnuts.
Australia taught me to travel like a little kid; packed 2 peanut butter sandwiches on the flight there and back it saved me! Plus my stomach thanked me later because I wasn’t forced to eat anything questionable on the plane… (friends got food poisoning, not this girl)