As we all know, traveling these days presents its challenges. Once of those huge hurdles in addition to airport security and tiny seats is food. If you have read any of my previous WIAW posts you would notice that I tend to make most of my meals. There are two reasons for this daily preparation. First of all, you have zero control of your food when you eat out. You could be ordering what you think is grilled chicken, but you have no way of knowing how it was prepared or even when the chicken was purchased. I also spend a lot of money buying organic food and ingredients so I do want to let those go to waste. Buying food out in some cases has always seemed like a waste to me. I believe I spent almost $20 in beverages during my travels this past weekend so to add food in would be crazy to me. Also, you have no option since they do not allow you to bring bottled water or drinks into the airport. I always drink a lot so the one drink served on the plane ride will not cut it for this girl.
Ironically on my trip back to New Jersey I did not follow my own advice which was not smart at all. I even read a post on one of the blogs I recently discovered, She Rocks Fitness, about a day of eating when traveling. Yes! I nodded my head in agreement about bringing a salad and necessary snacks. I always do that! Then I did the exact opposite. I had to wake up earlier than usual for my flight and was not hungry for breakfast. I grabbed a Kind bar and hoped for the best. It was not that long a flight right? Well, I was totally wrong and a little dizzy by the time I landed hours later. So yesterday I was determined to be more prepared…
Breakfast – I grabbed a cold brew coffee as I was getting ready for the day. I picked this one up at Trader Joe’s the other day and I thought it was really tasty.
My first meal of the day was on the go and was another one of my favorite Kind Bars. I only buy the Nut & Spice line since they are low in sugar. I had scheduled an early morning haircut so I tossed a snack in my purse, grabbed a coffee and headed out.
Lunch – I typically eat a later lunch between 1:00 and 2:00, but yesterday that was not an option since I would be in transit to the airport. I was also rather hungry from the rather meager breakfast I had consumed so I went with an egg and veggie bowl. We had asparagus and tomato on hand so I sautéed them in coconut oil before washing and frying three pasture raised eggs. I also had a quarter of an avocado sliced on top. Do not mind the recycled picture because I totally forgot to snap one and it seemed better to include one.
There was some iced green tea in the mix and another one of the cold brew coffees…
Dinner & Snacks – I put together a salad so I would not fall victim to the rather sad and expensive choices at the airport. Plus it gave me more money to spend on magazines. This turned out to be really good and included: Wild Caught Salmon (cooked the night before), organic romaine lettuce, chopped celery and apple, plus some pecans and balsamic vinegar and olive oil for dressing. The airport charges an insane amount of money for a little bag of nuts so I opted to bring my own baggie of raw almonds and another almond flour muffin topped with Kerrygold butter and jam.
Like I said I spent a fair share of money on beverages yesterday, but I do have a weakness for Smartwater. Maybe I am tricked by the name, but it always tastes so refreshing to me.
I ate everything I had spaced out throughout the afternoon so by time I got home I was a little hungry, but not starving. I decided to have a protein shake to round out the day. I try to eat 100 grams of protein a day and I knew that I totally fell short during the day. I opted for a chocolate flavor which I have fairly regularly and included organic unsweetened almond milk, chocolate Sun Warrior protein powder, raw chocolate powder, Collagen Powder, Amazing Greens and MCT oil with some ice. It was the perfect way to end the day.
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Question of the Day: Do you pack food when you travel?