Snacks on a Plane

Do you ever feel even more sluggish than usual while traveling? For me, I always went for the quick, easy, not-even-the-slightest-bit-healthy kind of snacks. This included chips, cookies, candies, crackers–you know, the four-C’s. But every time I traveled and ate like this, my digestion was off, I felt bloated, and pretty sure I gained several unwanted pounds.

Nowadays, I still enjoy the salty and sweet snacks but choose healthier options that actually give me energy and don’t weigh me down. Not only that, but I choose items that will keep me full so I don’t end up splurging on expensive airport food.

Last weekend I had a trip from Denver to Kansas City by plane, plus a 4.5 hour car ride after that so I knew I needed some filling snacks to take with me so I didn’t get hangry. Here’s what I decided to bring:

Snacks for travel

First off, let’s talk about the Simply Balanced items. I’m not the type of person to take fresh fruit unless it’s bananas but I knew I wanted something else for added sweetness and variety. Most dried fruit seems to have added sugar but these are literally just mangoes. They are so delicious and a good source of Vitamin C which is a bonus when you’re on a plane with recycled air and slightly dehydrated so that you don’t have to use the plane bathroom. Plus, mangoes are a good source of potassium, vitamin B-6, vitamin A, and fiber!

freeze dried snacks

The edamame was hands-down my favorite snack I brought. Also freeze dried with salty goodness, it was definitely an addictive snack. Yes, I advocate for less salt in the diet, but these were a special treat that I couldn’t resist trying. With 12 grams of protein in a half cup, these were both filling and satiating. A sure winner in my book!

I also brought along Larabars. I try to get the ones that have only dates and nuts as the ingredients but I will say the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is my favorite. It has a few more ingredients but still better than a cookie!

larabars

Lastly, I brought along some salted nuts. What I really should have done was brought some raw, unsalted almonds from the bulk bins at the grocery store but I ran out of time and already had these. In the end I didn’t end up eating any of them because the other snacks were more than enough but I’m glad I over packed food just in case. Again, hanger cautions.

cashews and almonds

And lastly, the bananas didn’t last long. I ate one while waiting for my plane and ate the second between the plane and car ride. I was able to also eat lunch in between so I didn’t need as many snacks as I first thought.

Hope this inspired you to pack some healthier snack options! If you are traveling with others, I highly recommend getting more than one bag of the freeze dried edamame because you won’t want to share 😉

Happy Travels!

xoxo Rachel

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I’m Back and Better Than Ever!

Hi World! It has been a while! SoooOOOoooo how ya doin’? Oh me? I’m doing fiiiiinnnee. I suppose I owe an explanation for my almost two-year hiatus and what I’ve been up to–but where to begin?!

Let’s start where I left off back in the summer of 2014. I was in Texas for a summer internship. Throughout the summer I occasionally worked out in the gym at my apartment complex when I wasn’t being ogled by creepy guys just sitting in the gym, eating fried chicken, and sorta watching the tv. I’m not sure they even lived there. Their car was always parked in the visitor spot out front and had a New Jersey license plate. The license plate is irrelevant, I just thought it was uncommon to see all the way in TX. But the visitor spot? Come on, the complex is not very big–easily walkable from any building to the gym. Anywho, they made me really uncomfortable so whenever I saw them in there I never stayed for long. Needless to say, I did not get very fit. Also, I was always eating a lot of prepackaged snacks and meals because I didn’t bring many kitchens tools for making my own meals. That didn’t do me any favors.

So the last day of my internship I requested to be a half day so that I could pack up and drive all the way back to Manhattan. I don’t even remember how late it was when I got back but it was a loooonnnngggg and lonely drive. Upon my arrival, I had to upack my car only to turn around and immediately pack a suitcase for my flight to S. Korea where my sister and brother-in-law were having their Big Fat Korean Wedding. I got home Friday night, drove to Kansas City (KC) two hours away on Saturday, and flew to S. Korea Sunday morning at the unbearably early hour of 5:45AM (and just so you realize how small the KC airport is–you know how you’re supposed to check in two hours early for international flights? The front desks at the KC airport don’t open until 4:30AM. Yeah… we got there at 3:30AM for no reason.)

But, look at my beautiful family!

Korean Wedding

S. Korea was awesome and I ate some pretty tasty food–like this!

Korean food

I don’t know what I ate, but it was good!

This wasn’t my first rodeo in S. Korea, so I was super excited that my awesome boyfriend (now husband) was able to come along!

South Korea

Daniel and I at a Korean palace

The day we got back to Manhattan was actually our anniversary. Little did I know, Daniel was planning something big and I thought we were gonna keep it low-key. Cue the proposal!

He did good!

He did good!

So then I really had something to get in shape for! I was able to lose over 10 pounds! I think it ended up being around 12. More on how I did it later, but word of warning–it was a long process. I’m just not good at restricting myself when it comes to eating. Or at least I wasn’t…dun dun dunnnn! So many cliff hangers.

Below is one of my favorite pictures from our wedding day. And as you can see, I really had my work cut out for me in a backless dress. What was I thinking?!

Sunset Wedding Photo

Apologies for the quick recap, just wanted to bring everyone up to speed with my life and what has led me to what I am about to talk about–so without further ado–fast forward to today: I am living in Colorado with my husband, working full time and trying to enjoy life to its fullest! As I restart this blogging journey–I want to shift my focus to a more holistic approach to health. My old ways were detrimental to my health in more ways than one. Not to mention I had a bad relationship with food and I’m still working on that, but it is getting better. My whole perspective on health has changed (for the better!). I can’t wait to share all of my wisdom with you all (just kidding, I’m not that wise, but I have done my research). Stay tuned for more where I delve into my new healthy lifestyle!! xoxo