Traveling for the Christmas Season?

Hello All,  I was on Wholefoods website looking to see if they have Gluten-Free Graham crackers and found a few helpful articles.  Have safe travels and May your Holiday be filled with the Love of Family and Friends.  Our family will be feeding the homeless, going to church, eating, and then going to church again.  I love to start Christmas day at Midnight candlelight service.  No better place for us to be.  Love and Hugs to you all and Merry Christmas.

Healthy Tip: Traveling Food for Planes and Trains

Are you traveling this holiday season? Before you head out over the hills and through the woods, we’ve pulled together our best tips for a 3-part “Eating on the Holiday Go” series. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train or automobile, we’ve got suggestions to help you eat well along the way. We’ve even got some tricks to help you once you’re at your final destination. It’s a darn shame, but most airports, train stations and roadside stops offer little more than the standard American junk food fare. The good news is you can bring your own food, and it doesn’t have to be complicated!

Today we’re tackling plane and train travel, tomorrow is for car food travel tips and finally we’re covering tips for when you are at your destination. Enjoy and please share your favorite tips too! 

Foods for Planes and Trains

With so many specific security rules about what you can and can’t take on board an aircraft these days, it’s always a good idea to check the TSA website for food and liquid restrictions. Once you’re clear about that, there are foods that you can pack to help you and your family eat well, which will keep you feeling better on your trip. Remember, too, that you can purchase food and water at the airport, after clearing security. Train travel is less restrictive – at least for now!

  • If you have an early morning flight or train, you can’t beat packets of instant organic plain oatmeal along with a baggie filled with nuts and raisins! The attendants will have hot water and cups for mixing.
  • Trail mix is perfect. Nuts, dried fruits, unsweetened coconut flakes and whole grain cereals make a filling, no-mess snack. This Popcorn Trail Mix is fun to take along.
  • Mini cracker sandwiches made from cream cheese or hummus and sliced tomatoes and bell peppers make a refreshing, crunchy snack.
  • Fruit bars, nut bars, protein bars and other shelf-stable goodies are a must. If you want to make your own, here is a recipe for Cherry Orange Oatmeal Outdoor Bars and here is a recipe for Chocolate Earth Balls.
  • Individual packages of yogurt, applesauce, fruit cups, organic corn chips and vegetarian bean dip are great. (Some of these aren’t allowed through airport security, but good for the train.) Add some sliced carrots, celery, cucumber, radish and bell peppers.

For a meal, pack some sandwiches. Peanut or almond butter with fruit-sweetened jam or bananas; hummus or guacamole with veggies, cheese and tomato; or a turkey, tuna or egg salad sandwich that you know you can keep cold and eat within a couple of hours. These Apple Tahini Sandwiches are easy to make and travel well.

  • Take or purchase a bottle of cold water after you get through security and pack it in an insulated bag next to stuff you want to keep fresh and cold.
  • Many airports have restaurants where you can order a sandwich on whole grain to take with you on your trip. Best bets: Turkey, grilled chicken, hummus (if they have it), and plenty of raw veggies even if all they have is lettuce, onions, and tomatoes.
  • Remember to stay well hydrated, especially while flying. Get water on the plane or carry some on.
  • If eating a meal provided by the airline, call ahead and see what special diet options they have (vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.). These meals may have more vegetables, fruits and whole grains than their standard fare.
  • Remember, travel delays are not uncommon at holiday time and throughout the winter. Pack some extra shelf stable food to help see you through just in case.

    Healthy Tip: Good Food for Car Travel

    Does your holiday vacation land you in a car on the road again? No problem! You can stay alert and satisfied with healthy snacks you pack in a sack or in a cooler. Let’s face it: Your chances of finding healthy food along a highway are pretty slim! But with a little pre-planning, you can make the trip a whole lot tastier. Essential for your car: A large cooler! With our ideas, you can ditch the junk, can the chips and skip the soda.

    And remember, whether you’re traveling by plane, train or automobile, we’ve gathered our best tips for a 3-part “Eating on the Holiday Go” series. It’s a darn shame, but most airports, train stations and roadside stops offer little more than the standard American junk food fare. The good news is you can bring your own food, and it doesn’t have to be complicated!

    Today we’re focusing on car food travel tips. Yesterday we tackled plane and train travel and tomorrow we’re covering tips for when you are at your destination. Enjoy and please share your favorite tips too! 

    Good Food Tips for Car Travel

    • Pack sandwiches, assorted cheeses, cold drinks, sliced deli meats, hard-boiled eggs and fresh fruits in your car-cooler.
    • Make-ahead snacks are perfect: Whole grain dishes such as pasta, brown rice or quinoa salads, prepared with veggies, nuts, tofu or tempeh are delicious at room temperature or straight out of your car-cooler. Here’s an idea for a Crunchy Fusilli Salad.
    • Small containers of organic or Greek yogurt make terrific travel companions. So do small packages of unsweetened applesauce. Just don’t forget to pack reusable spoons!
    • Cut up carrots, celery, radish, bell peppers and cucumbers. Take along some hummus for dipping!
    • All natural cup-o-soups made from legumes, grains and dehydrated veggies are easy to pack. They’re light-weight and don’t need refrigeration. Just add hot water and stir. A large insulated thermos keeps water piping hot for hours. This works for the soups as well as for a cup of tea … just don’t forget the teabags!
    • Got a passion for pretzels? Pack some all-natural whole grain pretzels to please your pallet. Oh, and you might throw in some whole grain crackers, too, such as whole wheat, spelt or whole rye crackers. Spread on some nut butter to turn them in to cracker sandwiches before heading out the door.
    • Think fruit bars, nut bars, natural protein bars and other shelf-stable goodies! These are perfect to have on hand.
    • Pack individual baggies of trail mix, either one that you purchase, or one that you make yourself. Here’s a favorite crunchy Granola Trail Mix.
    • Don’t forget some healthy additions of special treats such as natural oatmeal cookies, whole wheat graham crackers, and a bar of delicious dark chocolate! Start with these amazing Oatmeal, Coconut and Sunflower Seed Cookies.
    • If you stop at a roadside restaurant, choose oatmeal or cream of wheat over pastry for breakfast. Another good option is a vegetable omelet. Choose a side of fresh fruit over hash browns and toast.
    • At a convenience store, look for whole grain cereals, low fat milk, packaged nuts or any fresh fruit – they may even have a bran muffin or a protein bar. This is much better than pastry, donuts, sweet rolls or chips.

    If you think it’s too difficult to eat and drive at the same time, simplify your choices. Perfect for you would be some string cheese or a natural nut, fruit or protein bar, or a ready-made smoothie you can keep in your cup holder.

    Are you headed on the road again this holiday? Got a favorite take-along snack or meal? I’d love to hear. Happy Trails!

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