Hello from Houston, Texas! I have an hour layover, and Iâ€™m very excited to see some complimentary Wi-Fi. Yeeeehaw, Texas!
I always feel like Iâ€™ve entered a strange time warp whenever I travel across the country. Itâ€™s weird to lose or gain three hours!
My day started at 5:45 AM California time when I woke up with a start. I was having strange dreams about being stuck on a bicycle (oh, the irony) and couldnâ€™t fall back asleep. Jenna knocked on my bedroom door a little later, and then we took off for the airport.
On the way, I grabbed a Starbucks breakfast of Perfect Oatmeal and a Skim Vanilla Latte:
I pumped up the Starbucks oatmeal by adding a sliced banana, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
On my first flight, I read a wonderful book that Jenna loaned me called Sarahâ€™s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay:
Sarahâ€™s Key tells the story of two women â€“ Sarah, a French Jew who is deported to a concentration camp during WWII, and Julia, a 45 year-old woman living in the present day who uncovers Sarahâ€™s story. It was very moving, and I felt the tears prick behind my eyeballs multiple times. Too bad I was sitting in the center seat and could barely hid my tears from the fellow passengers!
While reading, I snacked on a strawberry breakfast bar:
And a little while later, I had lunch.
The key to eating healthy in the air is to PLAN AHEAD. Itâ€™s hard to pack healthy meals when youâ€™re coming back to your home (since you donâ€™t have your kitchen), so I always scout the airport before getting on the plane to find the healthiest meal. I often buy â€˜partsâ€™ of my meal from multiple restaurants to make the most complete meal possible.
Lunch was a vegetable orzo pasta salad, which I ate 2/3 of:
And a BIG garden salad. I picked at this salad for more than 15 minutes and still didnâ€™t finish it. I felt like a rabbit gnawing on a yummy vegetable garden!
I also had two small packets of peanuts.
Now that Iâ€™m on my layover, Iâ€™m about to hunt through the terminal and find a healthy dinner to eat on my next flight.
My seconds include an Italian place, Subway, and a Chinese joint. I really would love a veggie burger or some tofu, but I think thatâ€™s pretty far-fetched to hope for!
Do you pack meals for airplanes? What do you pack? Or do you buy food once you get the airport? Whatâ€™s your go-to airport meal?