If there is one passion I have beyond cooking and eating, it is traveling. Yes, I love traveling, but I'm not a huge fan of long hauls and the worst plane food you could possibly imagine! The food and the sitting drives me insane, you’d think for someone that travels as much as I do I would be used to all the schlepping by now, but I don’t think I’ll ever be in love with the feeling like a herd of sheep for 24 hours. It’s just not happening. One thing I have mastered though is how to tackle non bloating state and minimising the good ol' jet leg. Yep when this crazy lady is up in the sky, she's very well prepared. Here are some of my tips and tricks to feel absolutely fab after your long painful flight.
- Mish Mash salad
- 100 g buckwheat or any grains like quinoa/millet/rice
- 1 sweet potato or pumpkin
- 1 carrot
- 1 parsnip
- handful of greens (kale, silverbeet or rocket)
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 Tbsp hummus or Tereza's Choice fermented vegan creme cheese
I take great pleasure when it’s time to dig into preping my recipes and tips for my healthy travel. And oh how happy I am on that flight, while saying no to the mystery food that is truly bad for you, when I open my freshly prepared wholesome lunch/snacks. I am very happy to share my easy-to-make recipes that will help you avoid bad food on your flight.
Here’s what I am bringing with me on the longest flight on planet Earth:
Mish Mash Salad (recipe below)
Raw Balls (click here for the recipe)
Organic nuts & Dried fruit
Energy bars either bought or make my own (click here for recipe)
Apples & Bananas
Here is what I’ve learned about traveling:
1. Pack foods that don’t need to be refrigerated. This one is obvious. All of the above items are fine out of the fridge for at least 24 hours. Soft cheeses, meat, and melty things are not the best choices.
2. Get a reusable water bottle and straws! I always refill at the refill stations on airports after the check in and airplanes have refill options as well, so you’re not using up all those wasteful plastic cups.
3. Avoid packing liquid foods. I get asked that questions A LOT! “But Tereza you can’t carry food on flights!” Yes you can, as long as it’s not soup or any kind of liquid recipe. So I’ll always go for cooked quinoa, millet or buckwheat and add roasted veggies on top.
4. You actually don’t need to eat a lot! You know you’re kind of constantly sedentary so no need for so much food in your belly. Take a break, a little fast will do you good as well.
Mish mash salad
This recipe is super simple. Firstly cook your grains in salted water. Meanwhile chop the sweet potato or pumpkin, carrots and parsnip, cover with olive oil and salt. Bake at 200 degrees Celsius for 20-25 minutes. When everything is beautifully baked we can mix it with cooked buckwheat or any grain you’re using. Add fresh greens, avocado and a big dollop of either hummus or Tereza’s Choice vegan fermented creme cheese. Cover and store in the fridge until you’re ready for lift off!
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