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Greetings from Long Beach, CA!
Normally when I’m flying somewhere, I pre-prepare a whole bunch of meals and snacks for the plane, since I usually can’t eat a single thing there. But this time, I spent the whole morning and night before moving out of my apartment and into a new Brooklyn apartment that I didn’t have a second to spare. So I had to use my creative skills to work to find a way to fuel myself on this flight. Fortunately, JFK is a pretty resourceful airport, so here’s what I was able to find.
JAMU Pineapple Juice
While a green juice would have been preferred, this juice was a pretty good option under the circumstances. During flights a lot of us tend to have indigestion, so I wanted to make sure I had something that would be able to prevent it. Pineapple is perfect for this reason because it has a great deal of enzymes that help in breaking down foods and curbing bloating. The juice also had curcumin and ginger, which also help with indigestion. In addition, this juice was extremely hydrating, which is important since flights can also contribute to dehydration!
A Huge Bottle of Water—very important because we all know that those little cups are definitely NOT sufficient.
A Desperate Salad Turned Delicious
Desperate times called for desperate measures. Here’s how I can usually find a meal almost anywhere.
- Get a plain packaged salad. I was lucky to find kale, but any type of lettuce will do.
- Throw out the dressing (if there is any) I can guarantee you it’s soy, sugar-filled, garbage.
- Find an avocado. I looked around the food court to see which restaurants had avocado-containing dishes. Then I went to the manager, put on my sweetest smile, and asked for an avocado. And I got one. In addition to a few laughs. 😉
- Bring a plastic fork and knife onto the flight (they likely won’t give you one unless you purchase food) and mash the whole avocado into your salad to make a dressing. VOILA!
Brad’s Kale Chips
I was very luck to find these in the airport! These chips are dehydrated and sprinkled with raw nuts and spices to make a delicious and satisfying snack that beats the Lay’s and Planters snacks that are on the plane.
I hope this goes to show that eating a healthful, vegan diet can be done under ANY circumstance and even with little planning!
Normally when I tell people about my gluten-free, processed food free, vegan, very minimal soy diet, the first thing they ask is: WHAT DO YOU EAT? Aren’t you hungry?? Anybody who knows me usually laughs…because I eat a lot! I love food! Here’s a little sampling of what I eat in a day.
Breakfast number one:
Normally I start out my days with a huge green juice with cucumber, celery, lemon, and kale. If I had an early dinner I’ll make it a smoothie and throw in some fruit as well. Such a refreshing way to start the day!
Breakfast number two:
A delicious medley of coconut milk, soaked steel cut oats (certified gluten-free), soaked chia seeds topped with blueberries or some other sweetener such as stevia, a little coconut sugar, etc.
Snack (not pictured)
Baby carrots! I always keep some in the shared fridge at work.
OK, so this isn’t my greatest lunch ever because I was a weee on the lazy side today. Woops. I didn’t have time to make lunch, so I grabbed an avocado, some dulse flakes, and nutritional yeast and stuffed it in a bag on my way out of the house this morning. When it came time to lunch, I ordered a plain salad for delivery. I topped it off with the avocado and condiments and it was definitely not too bad!
Snack (not pictured)
About two handfuls of walnuts
Quinoa, mushroom, and kale sauteed with coconut oil and gluten-free tamari. By far one of my favorite recipes. It was sooooo good!
Chia seed mixed with blueberry puree and a few spoonfuls of Luna and Larry’s Dairy-Free Coconut flavored ice-cream. Delicious!!
Has anyone ever been to rawlicious in NYC? It is delicious! I think it might be tied with quintessence as my number 1, with Rockin Raw coming in a close second. Tucked away in a side-street in Soho, this place had my mouth watering from start to finish. I started off my meal with some veggie sushi rolls, which were stuffed with vibrant micro-green sprouts and topped with coconut aminos. Then, I had the raw vegan flat bread and pizza with dill cashew nut cheese and tomato marinara. And for my fellow Brooklynites, it’s only a few miles away from the bridge, so you can hop on your bikes and get a sweat on before replenishing with some rawliciousness.
What a week. Yesterday was my 25th birthday (feeling the quarter-life crisis coming on…LOL) and I’ve been up and running since Friday seeing all of my wonderful friends and family who have been celebrating with me. I have tried so many new amazing vegan and gluten free dishes that I can’t wait to share with you!
But for now, I’ve been getting some questions about how to stay healthy while travelling, particularly while flying. While some of my blog posts address healthy travel, the airplane is a unique beast. You’re up in the sky, with no vegan restaurant in sight, and with airplane food that is quite less than desirable. Eeek! But never fear—you will be OK. Just follow my tips!
If you can help it, bring all your own food. Airplane food is way over processed and high in sodium and who knows what else. And to make matters worse, your immune system will already be compromised while you’re up in the air because your body becomes pressurized. Here are the essentials to bring on a flight.
When you’re in a rush
An Avocado (or two…)
Avocados can be found anywhere, and are calorically dense enough to fill you up with very little prep. On top of that they’ve got plenty of brain enhancing, skin plumping, delicious good fats. If you are really in a bind and the only thing you can bring is an avocado, you can always ask for 2-3 of the side salads and then top it off with avocado to make for a filling lunch.
Nature’s fast food! It’s sold everywhere and is portable. The only problem is sugar content–especially if you’re going to be seated for a long time and not expending a lot of energy. I like to bring a large bowl of cut up berries and pineapples, since they are a bit lower on sugar.
Super easy and sold pretty much everywhere—airports usually have large bags of nuts for sale. I would go for raw almonds or walnuts instead of nuts like peanuts or cashews. You definitely want to stay away from peanuts because most contain alfatoxins, which produce a significant amount of mold.
When you have time to prepare
Mary’s Gone Krackers
It’s pretty unlikely that airports will have these for sale, but if you have some time beforehand you can order them online or get them at your local health food store. These crackers are completely gluten-free, vegan, and minimally processed. But be careful—they are super addicting!
A large salad
For me, this is usually key. The people around you are going to be eating full airplane meals, so you will probably feel deprived if all you have are snacks. The last time I went on a plane to San Francisco, I brought a huge salad with raw sauerkraut, kale, avocado, dulse, apple cider vinegar, lemon, and nutritional yeast. The woman sitting next to me was so intrigued that I offered her a bite and she loved it! I will be posting a few salad recipes next week—like my summer seaweed salad—that are easy to make and absolutely delicious.
Quinoa Flakes or Gluten-Free Oats
This is a quick and easy meal that you only need hot water to make. I like to mix it up with some sweet leaf stevia, cinnamon, and a few almonds or walnuts.
Ginger and Mint
You’re going to be in a new place and your body is going to go through some major adjustments. I know whenever I go to a new place or am going through a life change, the first part of my body to notice is my digestive system. That’s why I like to keep ginger and mint close by so I can chew on it to help everything go down a little bit easier. You can either get them whole and put ginger shavings and the leaf in hot water, or buy some bagged teas.
Other Things to Do
Drink LOTS of water. Buy your own water bottle before getting on the plane because we all know how stingy flights can be with their water!
Get up and go for a walk around the plane. Sitting for that long is not good for you.
Hope this helps. For more tips, scroll down to the “travel” category on the right side of the page.