When you become a flight attendant, eating out in a new city every night can seem exciting at first, but you begin to learn that it isn’t all its cracked up to be. However, you will learn some local favorites not only in the cities you go to, but the airports as well! Coming from someone who loves to treat themselves to a mac and cheese from Beecher’s in Seattle, and a croissant or two from Paul’s bakery in Paris, I have learned that eating out all the time with this lifestyle isn’t the best option. Not only does eating out slim down your wallet, it will also pack on some serious pounds to your waistline. I actually love to cook and it has probably become the thing that I look forward to the most when I have days off. So in this post I would like to share with you a few tips on how I pack my lunch while on the road to get in a few healthy options, as well as save a little cash.
For starters, you will need a lunch bag!
I personally have the Large TravelPro Crew Cooler and it will cost you about $50, but it is so worth it! I use it on every trip that I can to bring along my healthy meal options! If you aren’t a fan of TravelPro, Ebags also has a similar lunch bag that cost $50 as well! Just click on the amazon link below to check it out!
Once you’ve got your bag, now you need some food storage containers!
I use a combination between meal prep containers, mason jars, Tupperware, and Hydro Flask food storage containers! Depending on what I pack, I use different storage items for different things. When I am on the plane, it would be ideal to have a glass or metal container that I could pop in the oven, but those are bulky and heavy and it simply isn’t worth carrying around for 3 days. My solution to this is to pack my meals in the microwavable containers, and if I need to put something in the oven, I always pack tinfoil to heat my food in.
Other staples you’ll want to pack in your bag:
I have said it before, but I will say it again, you NEED to get yourself a Swell Bottle! I try to avoid drinking the airplane water at all cost because no matter how you look at it, that water is not sanitary. The water tanks are hardly cleaned and are stored next to the waste tanks, so I’d think twice before getting a hot tea, or coffee, the next time you are flying. Instead, I bring my Swell bottle filled with hot water and my own mini french press! This way I can safely drink any hot beverage while flying without having to worry about the water!
Also, a packing must-have are these refillable ice bags! They are sweat-proof and leak-proof and will keep your food cold for as long as you keep them filled with ice! Before leaving on my trips I fill them with water and freeze the whole bag. The solid ice block stays frozen for almost 2 days in my food bag! Once the ice melts, these are easily refilled with ice in the hotel or on the plane! If you are a flight attendant then you need to get these!
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Now for food!
Recently I have changed up my eating style to be a bit healthier! I try to avoid calling it a diet, but if it looks like a chicken and clucks like a chicken, then it’s probably a chicken. I had a few major problem with my eating habits before such as eating way too many carbs, tons of dairy which is high in fat, and I have the biggest sweet tooth EVER! The combinations of all these things was making me gain weight and causing other health issues that you don’t really notice as much. I am not a vegan or a body builder, so I don’t want to push my beliefs on you, but I have adjusted my lifestyle to work for me, and I know everyone has their own plan!
For me, I am not following an actual diet, but creating my own weight-loss/clean eating routine by cutting out dairy products, red meat, and cutting BACK on sugar (especially processed sugar) and carbs. It has been an adjustment for sure, but I have found a few recipes that I have altered a little bit to fit my needs, but have tried and loved and I want to share them with you! (:
You can use any veggies you like for this! I used mushrooms, broccoli, and bell peppers because that all I had, but I highly recommend this dish!
This was the first recipe that I tried when switching over to this new eating style and I LOVED it! It has probably been the most favorable dish that I have had so far! I even made my own Hoisin Sauce! I was so proud!
Okay, these seriously are amazing and don’t taste healthy at all, but they are…I promise! I still have a hard time pairing them with things as a meal, so I usually just cook up some broccoli and dip both the meatballs and veggies in this vegan ranch that I whipped up! (I altered that recipe too since I had slightly different ingredients and a different brand of vegan mayo)
I changed this recipe to not include cheese, but I could have added vegan cheese if I had some on hand!
These were perfect for the mason jars and so easy to grab and go! I varied the recipes with steel cut oats, light almond milk, and dairy free chocolate chips! But no matter how you make these, you can’t go wrong!
These were SUPER EASY to make and the best breakfast while I work! They only take about 20 minutes to make and once the cool I wrap them in foil and place them in a freezer bag. I have found that these heat up way better in the oven when kept in the foil, instead of unwrapping them and placing them in the microwave.
This isn’t a recipe but this tea has become an excellent replacement for a sweet beverage or “dessert” that is completely guilt-free! It smells sweet and has natural flavors that trick you into thinking you have a sweet treat!
I have a ton of other healthy food items that I keep in my bag, such as protein bars, fresh fruit, hummus, and seasoned chickpeas! I keep everything on rotation so I never get board with what I brought! Packing my own meals has really helped me save some cash and feel healthier while on the road! If you like this post and want to see more posts with recipes and healthy snack options for on the go, comment below and I will make these more routine!