After a whirlwind week of sightseeing, rambling, and pub-hopping around London, my dad returned to Chicago yesterday. But our parting did not bring sweet sorrow – I will see him again tomorrow back in his neck of the woods. In just a few hours I fly to Chicago for a very long and much anticipated visit with family and friends. I’ll be there for four weeks and am crossing my fingers for a white Christmas. After that, I’m going to L.A. to see my sis for the whole month of January. After a dark winter in London and a cold Christmas in Chicago, I’m sure I’ll be ready for the sun.
So basically, the next few weeks are going to be pretty crazy with lots of travel and very little routine. Ordinarily, this would have my stomach in knots – how will I get in my exercise? where will I get my bircher muesli fix? – but this time I’m too excited to worry. I’m trying to view it all as a fun challenge, a chance to try something new and be creative. I’m also looking forward to writing about it on SmarterFitter!
My first challenge is the plane ride. Call me crazy but I kind of like these long flights. It’s one of the rare times I actually feel like it’s okay to do nothing. I write letters, I read for pleasure, I brainstorm on all the little schemes I feel like I don’t have time for during the usual week… I also pack a lunch.
We all know airplane food is typically pretty bad, especially for veggies, so I always bring my own food on the plane. Some people pack their own sandwiches, though I tend to avoid this for fear of a soggy bread situation. I try to stick with simple, light foods that are easy on the ol’ digestive system:
- Raw vegetables: carrots, celery, cucumber, baby tomatoes, jicama, bell pepper
- Cooked vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, green beans
- Dips for veggies: hummus, avocado
- Fresh fruit: apples, bananas, clementines, grapes
- Crusty bread, baguette, pita
- Firm cheese
- Bean salads
- Dark chocolate
- Raw nuts
- Dried fruit
- Veggie sushi
I’m fairly pleased with this trip’s airplane bento (even if the scrambled tofu does look a little nasty).
- A slice of whole wheat no knead bread
- Raw veggies: cucumber, carrot, broccoli, tomatoes, avocado
- Scrambled tofu
- Plain yogurt
- Clementine oranges (for dipping into the yogurt!)
When I’m not eating, I’ll be drinking lots of water (and feeling very happy I chose an aisle seat).
What about you? Do you pack food for the plane? Any tips?