I don’t think I have ever eaten a plane meal. As a child I was a fussy eater who stuck to bacon, cheese, bread and no more than 3 florets of broccoli so ‘creamy chicken pie’ would not have appealed to me at the best of times, let alone when it was stodgy, brown and reheated at 30,000 ft.
Travelling can cause issues to the healthiest of guts so to give your body the best chance of remaining calm in the bowl region, i’d suggest avoiding the majority of plane food. Unless you’re travelling in first class or some other fancy pants way, where you are happily enjoying gourmet dining, in which case I am very jealous.
I like to pack nourishing and anti inflammatory foods, things that do good and taste good.
Since i’ll be sat down for an extremely long time (20 hours is a massive challenge for this fidget bum) i’m not going to pack many sweet treats or heavy carbs. I won’t be burning much energy so they’ll just sit in my stomach and make me feel bloated and uncomfortable, which is the last thing you want when travelling. Instead, I like to pack healthy fats, protein, fruit and vegetables.
Vegetables are packed full of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) which your tummy and skin will love. Plus, they’re low in calories so you can happily munch away. Cut up a mix of peppers, carrot, cucumber, celery or any other vegetable you fancy. Wrap them in foil with a tsp of water because they tend to get a little dry, especially at altitude.
Raw Bars or Cookie Dough
I planned on making these energising raw cookies but didn’t have the ingredients so I settled for a ‘nakd ginger bread bar’. It’s a quick, easy snack made from a nourishing mix of almonds, pecans, dates, cinnamon, clove and ginger. Perfect for an energy boost when we’re nearing our final destination and I feel like death on legs.
Nuts & Seeds
Almonds, cashews, pistachios (if I can afford them), sunflower, pumpkin, flax, chia and sesame seeds are staples in my diet. I have them everyday either sprinkled on my breakfast or as a snack. I find they help fill me up; If I have a smoothie bowl with just fruit/vegetables then i’ll be hungry within a couple of hours but if I add nuts and seeds then i’ll be satisfied until lunch.
As a chocoholic, I can NEVER travel without chocolate. Besides when swaddled in a blanket, watching a film with a herbal tea at 30,000 ft what could be better than a delicious bar of raw chocolate?
I planned on taking some of these mini raw chocolate bars and this cheeky cherry brandy bar (because vacation time calls for celebration) from ‘Conscious Chocolate’ but they never arrived. I waited for 10 days (for what was supposed to be 3-5 day delivery) and nada came.
Tragically I only had one measly bar left in my cupboard so I pray Bali’s raw chocolate game is strong.
Perfect for breakfast, either by itself, with nut milk, with fruit or on top of a smoothie.
My favourite combo is almonds, cashews, pistachios, omega seeds mix, goji berries, desiccated coconut, dates, currants, cinnamon and a drizzle of honey. For granola I’d add a mashed banana and bake at 180° for 15-20 minutes.
Turmeric and Oregano Chicken Breast
Lean meat will provide sustainable energy without giving you that bloated feeling. The addition of turmeric calms any inflammation in the gut so you can travel without the dreaded loo dash. Moreover, I think this combo tastes great, thanks Jaime Oliver.
Allow the chicken to cool, slice it up (unless you wish to hack it with crappy plastic cutlery later), wrap it in foil and pop it in a little cooler bag.
I was worried cold egg would taste gross but thankfully I was wrong. Eggs provide both protein and a source of healthy fats. These ‘muffins’ are packed full of vegetables, as it was a case of clear out the fridge before leaving.
Whisk 2 eggs with a mix of vegetables, I used spring onions, red pepper, carrot, courgette, mushrooms and tomato, add 1 tbsp of nutritional yeast, pinch of salt and pepper and bake at 180° for 25 minutes.
This recipe is adapted from ‘Cook Yourself Young’ by Elizabeth Peyton-Jones.
This turkey burger recipe is a random mix of left over vegetables and herbs, it contains onion, spring onion, leeks, mushroom, carrot, fennel, tomato paste, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Cook for 30 mins or so, cool and wrap in foil. I’ll probably eat it for dinner with whatever salad comes with an Emirates raw meal.
If you don’t like or have turkey mince you can sub it for chicken or lean meat of your choice.
- A lemon for refreshing hot lemon water in the morning
- A mix of herbal teas because i’m addicted to them
- Cinnamon, turmeric and Himalayan pink salt for flavouring food and balancing my insides
- Greens powder because you can never eat enough greenery
- Strong smelling foods
- Salmon (from experience I can tell you it goes mushy and smells extremely fishy).
- Salads. The leaves go rancid with in hours of take off, it’ll be like wet mush.
- Sugary snacks. You want to be chill, not bouncing of the cabin walls.
- Alcohol. You need hydration all the way so its waters all round.
I think that’s everything. Right I need to go sort out my hand luggage and breathe. My stress levels are astronomical right now; “what have I forgotten?” “what if all my food is confiscated?” “What if I lose my family and end up alone in Siria?”
By the time I post this, I will be in Bali so apologies if my posting is a little sparse or erratic for the next couple of weeks. Who knows what the wifi will be like or how much fun I’ll be having.
I’ll let you know all about it soon. Enjoy your travels. X