If you have children, you know that flying with youngsters is about survival. Your sole purpose while transporting your precious doll is to prevent other people within 5 feet of you from hating you by the end of the flight. So, you download your child’s favorite videos onto your iPad, and bring their favorite junky (but healthier junk) snacks to keep them happily occupied. Lately, though, I tend to forget to plan the food I will eat onboard.
Once on the plane with Scarlet settled into her seat, my stomach started to grumble. I had planned to order the cheese and fresh fruit plate that US Airways offers, but those aspirations were crushed when the flight attendant informed me that theyaren’t served on shorter flights.
My only option was their snack box. I ate the can of chicken salad and crackers, plus half of the dried fruit pouch. Scarlet ate nearly a quarter of my snack. I call this the Mom Diet. You lose weight because your child eats off of your plate and finishes before you, so your mealtime ends too. I am a testament to that. I also drank a glass of water during the flight- so important to help stay hydrated amidst the dry air.
We passed only fast food joints on the way from the airport to my friend’s home, so upon arrival, I whipped up a favorite lunch for Scarlet and me – cheese quesadillas. I filled tortillas with shredded cheddar cheese and browned them over medium heat in a pan sprayed with canola oil. I served them with salsa and guacamole, alongside fresh California grapes now in season.
Since I ate such a late lunch due to switching time zones, dinner seemed to sneak up quickly. Kim made these amazing sweet potato waffles. They were so flavorful, and pleasantly not-so-sweet. I coated them with spreadable butter with canola oil and scantily drizzled on light agave nectar. I stole an additional quarter waffle off of Scarlet’s plate. Reduced fat turkey sausage links and grapes completed the meal. I think I’ll be able to talk Kim out of the recipe by the end of my trip so I can share it with you.
Staying up late to catch up on email, I drank a glass of low sodium V8 juice. One and a half more servings of vegetables for the day: check.
Despite my busy day of traveling with Scarlet and catching up with friends, I managed to enjoy a balanced diet with careful food choices.
Estimated calories: 330 (breakfast), 580 (lunch), 560 (dinner), 330 kcal (snacks), 100 (wine).
Which foods do you nosh on when flying the friendly skies?
Disclosure: Recently, I attended a media briefing courtesy of Campbells, maker of V8. They did not compensate me to include V8 in this post.