TRAVEL EATS- HOW TO SURVIVE A DAY IN THE AIR!

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I’m off to NY next week for a quick work trip and I’m already plotting what edible goodness will be in my carry-on!  Do you do this?  I get so hungry when I travel and can almost never find anything worth eating in airports- and there’s nothing worse than being tired, hungry and far from home!  It’s the quickest way to turn me into a hangry monster!  So here’s what I’m bringing on this trip and a little bit about why.  There’s also a recipe at the bottom for that quinoa salad.  Hope this helps on your next adventure!  xx- Sarah

A JUICY NAVAL ORANGE:  Planes are dry, right?  And oranges are juicy- the good ones anyway.  Which means they’re hydrating.  They’re also full of vitamin C, which is so helpful when you’re in a germ incubator for 6 hours!  Most importantly- they taste so fresh and so sweet.  Yum.

BLUE DIAMOND OVEN ROASTED ALMONDS:  As my acupuncturist has been telling me for months, protein is important for energy!  Almonds are a great source of protein.  They’re also crunchy and fun to munch on while watching episodes of Mad Men on your phone.  I don’t know about you but I get crazy munchies while flying.

HEALTHY QUINOA SALAD:  I need a proper meal when I’m traveling otherwise all of the snacks in the world are no good to me.  I also need one that’s not super heavy, that provides some good nutrition, that holds up out of the fridge and still tastes amazing.  Recipe for this one after the jump!

DRIED APRICOTS:  I like to alternate bites of apricot and almonds.  I think that’s reason enough to pack a handful!

HUMMUS AND VEGGIES:  Celery is hydrating, carrots are packed with Vitamin C and hummus is a protein powerhouse.  They’re all three tasty and healthy.  And that bento box is a lifesaver!

DRIED MANGO:  Maybe it’s boredom, maybe it’s the brain energy I expel creating elaborate fantasies (in my head) about my fellow passengers and their destinations.  I don’t know, I just know I want to eat a lot of things that are yummy.  And mango slices are such a treat!

RELAX TEA:  Crying babies are stressful (no offense crying babies, I know you’re stuck on a plane with plenty of reason to be upset about it!), cold airplanes are uncomfortable, dehydration is terrible.  Relax tea makes all three of those things a little better.

APPLE GRANOLA:  This will serve as a morning snack, one that I can draw out for a looonnnnggg time. Helpful when I’m waiting to board!

NOT PICTURED: SO MUCH WATER I WILL ESSENTIALLY HAVE CONSUMED A LAKE BY THE TIME I LAND

This post was produced in partnership with Blue Diamond Almonds, all thoughts and opinions are my own!

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HEALTHY QUINOA SALAD

HEALTHY QUINOA SALAD

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 medium cucumber, peeled, quartered and chopped- seeds removed
  • 1 heaping cup of kalamata olives, pitted and sliced in half
  • 4 tablespoons chimichurri sauce (recipe here)
  • salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Rinse and cut tomatoes length wise.
  • Place tomatoes on baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine tomatoes, quinoa, cucumber, kalamata olives and chimichurri.
  • Mix well, add additional chimichurri and salt to taste
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  1. Whitney|

    Love these suggestions for in flight snacks! I’m constantly traveling for work and have such a hard time staying healthy in the air! Excited to make your quinoa salad in preparation for my work trip to Nashville this week!

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  2. Caitlin|

    what a great roundup of travel food. i’m going on a 6.5 hour bus trip to boston next week, so i’m trying to figure out what food to bring, as well. this definitely helps! are you planning on doing a post about your experience with an acupuncturist and adding more nuts and seeds to your diet?

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    • Sarah Yates|

      Whoah Caitlin that is a lonnnggg bus trip! Pack these snacks and it’ll feel so much more like a fun adventure though! :)

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    • Sarah Yates|

      And Yes! I’m going to share more about the acupuncturist soon, I’ve just got to round up the courage to write about it all! xx

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  3. lindsay|

    This post is so perfectly timed! I leave for France on Sunday and was freaking out about what I’m going to eat during my 13 hour journey. Thanks for the great ideas!

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    • Sarah Yates|

      Oh that is a long trip! Have so much fun and eat a chocolate croissant for me! :)

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    • Sarah Yates|

      Thanks Tania! Having things planned out for healthy eatings makes ALL the difference! :)

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    • Sarah Yates|

      Thanks Rasa! I’m totally going to use the Bento boxes for even the shortest trips! A two hour roadtrip? NOT WITHOUT MY BENTO BOX OF SNACKS!! :)

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    • Sarah Yates|

      Thanks Ania! Hopefully these yummy eats will make the long bus trips much more tolerable! xx

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    • Sarah Yates|

      Yes Carmen! Nothing liquid- you couldn’t bring soup, but solid foods! There’s a chance they could ask you to dump the hummus, but I’ve been bringing major food stashes on planes for years! :)

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  4. domonique | a bowl full of simple|

    I love this. I do this too, and totally get the alternating apricots an almonds. I do the same with another yummy combo, cranberries and cashews :) I love this on my outbound, but often wish i had more of the same on my return trip! when staying in hotels and on the road it’s hard to do upon the return. instead all i have is an empty bento box. have fun in NYC!! my home away from home.

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    • Sarah Yates|

      Cranberries and cashews, also soooo good! I actually pack food in my checked suitcase for the return trip! I’m sure the xray people think I’m some crazy food hoarder! :)

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  5. yp|

    I love this list. I recently took a trip to South America and took a huge salad, almonds and dried fruit on my long haul flights. And a bunch of hard boiled eggs (oh well!)- I do not do well with the dairy free plane food options and this literally saved my day.
    I also brought back amazing tropical fry fruit mix on my way back, and gobbled through the whole movie in flight. Bon voyage everyone! xo
    Great idea!

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    • Sarah Yates|

      Oh, South America! I bet that was an amazing trip!!! I want tropical fruit mix! I stopped packing trail mixes because I would eat ridiculous amounts and get off the plane feeling bad about myself (really, ridiculous amounts!). HA!

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  6. Chelsey|

    what great travel ideas! I usually never pack any snack and then I’m hunting down a bag of peanuts on the plane haha. But you really feel so much better with a good healthy meal. I always love your recipes:)
    xoChelsey

    http://westcoastcapri.com

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    • Sarah Yates|

      Thank you Chelsey! I have been there with you, wondering why those peanut bags are SO TINY!!! :)

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  7. Millie|

    Love this post Sarah! I’m going to Tokyo soon and it’s al loooong flight and I’m not really a fan of plane food (but then again, who is haha) so this post is a lifesaver! Also, I literally laughed out loud where you wrote that you drank a lake – glad I’m not the only one!

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    • Sarah Yates|

      Oh Millie, you’re going to have the best time in Tokyo!! And I’m happy to hear you’re drinking a lake on your trips to- I swear it makes ALL the difference!

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  8. Wendy|

    These are great ideas and look delicious but one thing to consider is that the TSA considers hummus to be a liquid! I’ve heard stories of people who’ve made it through airport security with a small amount in their bag, but officially they can pull you out of line and make you toss it. I would leave it out of my snack box if I were you. :(

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    • Sarah Yates|

      Thanks Wendy! I have traveled with it often without any problem, but it’s good to know there is that risk!

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  9. Maika|

    Hi! What sort of bento box is that? Am looking for a good one for steel cut oats- do you recommend/think it would work for that? Thanks!!

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  10. Andi|

    I often pack several single serving pacs of hummus and nut butters in the bag with my liquids and have never had a problem.

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  11. Sara MacKay|

    I just made this quinoa salad last night, and am eating it again for lunch right now. IT IS SO GOOD! I love the fresh flavors and I can only imagine how great this would taste on a plain among all the terrible airport choices. I will absolutely make this for my work trip in two weeks! Thanks for the suggestion!

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