TSA Friendly Snacks
When preparing for a trip, specifically involving airplanes, it can be a little confusing trying to think about tackling it healthily.
I know I used to think of it as the kick off to vacation, meaning indulging, eating crap, “rules” go out the window, bring on the burgers, fries and beer! But when you start your time away from home like that, it is setting you up for an uncomfortable trip ahead.
Most airport eateries are focused on providing food that is quick and easy to prepare en masse- so you can usually count on a grenade to your system when you snag something to eat at a restaurant while waiting to board. Similarly, on a plane, the food that is offered is hot garbage. And there is no further explanation necessary.
TSA becomes a big barrier when you try to plan ahead and pack some food for a few hours or a full day, depending on your destination.
Here are some of my favorites to bring aboard:
+PB&J revisited: on GF or sprouted grains bread, almond butter, blueberries or sliced strawberries, a sprinkle of shredded coconut
+Sliced Veggies & Hummus: Carrots, peppers, cucumbers, celery, broccoli, radishes, and a single serving organic hummus container (found at Costco) Bonus: snacks with high water content will help keep you hydrated during your travels, as airplanes are dryer than the Sahara.
+Hard boiled eggs: sure, your seat mate won’t love you, but that’s okay. Make sure you pre-peel those suckers. Trust me, it’s just easier that way.
+Sliced apples sprinkled with cinnamon: Make sure you cut out the seeds, some international destinations don’t allow whole fruit.
+Nuts: I have the little prepackaged bags of raw almonds from TJ’s in every bag I own. Avoid roasted/salted/seasoned varieties if you can!
+Grapes, crackers and cheese: Some airlines sell something similar to this, but it’s so much better knowing where it came from, knowing how long it has been sitting, and you get to chose the things you like!
+Olives: Another TJ’s shout out, you can find little packets of green olives for 99 cents, and they are SO GOOD
+Wraps: using your favorite wrap method, I’ve used collard greens for this too, add black beans, quinoa, veggies, avocado, hot sauce, hummus-anything you like really, roll it up, secure in tin foil and whip it out when you get hungry! I’ve had travelers ask my where in the airport I bought it because they are desperate to find something healthy, and sadly I have to tell them I brought it from home.
I also bring tons of tea bags of various blends so I always have something I’m in the mood for. You can always get a cup of hot water from a coffee shop in the airport, or from a flight attendant on the plane.
Start with some of the ideas above and it will get your creative culinary juices flowing with more options. Let me know what some of your favorite on-the-go snacks are!