Saturday, November 23, 2013

Flying this holiday season? BYOL!

Writing to y'all from Louisiana today. It has been an awesome vacation so far and we've only had one full day here in Baton Rouge. The getting here wasn't too bad, two flights and a three hour layover in Houston. What made our travels that much better was I packed lunches for us. We went the entire day, 4am to 4pm, without buying airport food.

I hadn't really considered packing lunches for us before I checked TSA's site to see if I could fly with a jar of my soy butter, I thought I might not be able to find it here. In doing so, I came across this page on the TSA website about traveling with food.

Here's the basic info from the site:
Not sure about what you can and can't bring through the checkpoint? Here's a list of liquid, aerosol and gel items that you should put in your checked bag, ship ahead, or leave at home if they are above the permitted 3.4 oz.
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Cologne
  • Creamy dips and spreads (cheeses, peanut butter, etc.)
  • Gift baskets with food items (salsa, jams and salad dressings)
  • Gravy
  • Jams
  • Jellies
  • Lotions
  • Maple syrup
  • Oils and vinegars
  • Perfume
  • Salad dressing
  • Salsa
  • Sauces
  • Snow Globes
  • Soups
  • Wine, liquor and beer
You can bring pies and cakes through the security checkpoint, but they are subject to additional screening.

After reading about the pies & cakes, it hit me that of course I could pack lunches… I think my parents used to pack sandwiches for us when we were kids and flying somewhere. Then I thought about all the really unhealthy food I end up eating at the airport because flying stresses me out and makes me really want a cheeseburger with extra crispy fries… then I thought about the food in my fridge that I was going to have to freeze before leaving, it was all chicken and veggies.

I put together two tupperware containers with shredded chicken, half a delicata squash each, some roasted root veggies, and two cookies wrapped in a paper towel. I also brought some pre-washed apples, a couple oranges, some pre-washed grapes, a bag of dark chocolate candy cane truffles from Trader Joe's, some of that trail mix I posted on Instagram earlier, and a bag of jerky. All totally fine going through security, even the fruit which I had reservations about since they're essentially little juice balloons and I wasn't sure how they would show up on x-ray.

Here's a few more snacks I wish I had thought to make ahead:

  1. hard boiled eggs
  2. protein pancakes/waffles
  3. low carb wraps
  4. huevos rancheros to-go cups (find it on the recipes tab)
  5. sweet potatoes loaded with ground beef or turkey with salsa
  6. beet or rutabaga chips
  7. overnight oats
What about you guys, do you fly with meals and snacks? Will you start?

If you are traveling this holiday season, safe travels!!!!!

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