How to be a Well-Fed Traveller

Eating healthy can be a challenge while travelling. Airports and train stations are generally filled with unhealthy chain restaurants. I always try to bring enough snacks so I will not starve if I cannot find appropriate options. I also always request vegetarian meals, which has pros and cons. The pros are that your food comes out first and if it’s a dinner meal then it’s usually Indian food. Airplane food sucks in general but the Indian food is actually super tasty and I’ll be done eating by the time the rest of the cabin gets served boring old chicken or beef. The only con is that the breakfast and lunch options suck, but I think they suck across the board so it’s not so bad.

Before my flight home to the U.S., I scoured my terminal for a good morning snack/lunch option. I settled on Pret a Manger, which is a Starbucks-esque chain in the U.K. I was excited to find edamame in the pre-packaged section and decided to have that for a snack with a flat white made with soymilk. A flat white is an espresso drink made with the milk from the bottom of the steamer so it has a creamier texture more coffee flavor and less milk. I really liked it and wish it was available in the States!

Protein + caffeine = a happy traveller

For lunch I picked up a sandwich that contained avocado, pickled carrots and daikon, spinach and a chili dressing. It was delicious and really fresh, and had lots of good veggies.

 

Water is a must for long flights. I always try to stock up on two liters before I board. It’s a pain in the butt to lug around two liters of water but it’s definitely worth it. I ended up drinking both liters, as well as 4-5 cups of water the airline supplied and I was still thirsty!

Other travel essentials are a snack (I brought along a Clif KidZ Bar) and lip balm. Chapped lips are the worst!

Passport(s) (I have dual citizenship which basically means never waiting at customs… #luckiest), American cell phone, European cell phone and most importantly my trusty Kindle.

With these essentials I was managed to stay happy, healthy and entertained throughout my flight (even if I was a bit thirsty towards the

Preparing for Travel by Baking Cookies

I’m leaving tonight for a vacation in Europe! My parents gave me a trip to Paris, Aachen and London as a graduation present and I am beyond excited to get on my way this evening. My first stop is Paris where I will be visiting with my freshman year roommate who I haven’t seen since last May!

Before I could start packing, however, I needed to get my bake on. I put on my new cupcake apron and set out to make a recipe from the copy of Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar I received for Christmas. I made the Banana Everything Cookies and they were delicious. There is A LOT of oats in them so they are super chewy and taste pretty healthy. The addition of mashed banana, walnuts and chocolate chips added to the delicious factor of these babies and they were polished off by me and my family in no time. I did save one cookie to pack with me in my carry on as a snack later!

Does anyone else have the problem where you make your cookies larger than the recommended amount? This recipe made two dozen cookies but I only had eighteen! This always happens to me…

I’m kind of frightened of flying, I know it’s a silly thing to worry about but I’m always scared that something bad will happen. People always remind me that it’s much more likely to be in a car accident than a plane crash but it just feel so much more dangerous to be in the air! I usually just take a Benedryl so I get knocked out for the entire flight and don’t worry about it. I’m going to really miss this guy:

As a side note, last night I saw the movie Tintin in theaters. It was really good and there was a cat in it who looked just like Henry! It was a great adventure story and really clever, I highly recommend it and it’s not just because my cat stars in it. After baking and snapping some pics of my favorite kitty, I better get started on packing! My flight leaves in 9 hours, Europe here I come!

I probably won’t be posting once I’m abroad, but I’ll be back on the 23rd!