It was the final day of my four day trip.A� I was excited to be almost done.A� Due to some major flight delays, my schedule did not go as planned, and I spent four hours sitting, with my crew, at a very small airport.

I had the option to dine at the one, and only, restaurant in the little terminal.A� However, I chose to wait until my flight returned to San Francisco, where I would have more restaurant choices.A� As our delay lengthened, it became apparent that my meal plans might not happen, but I still hoped for a brief break between a scheduled aircraft swap.

When we arrived in San Francisco, I was ravenously hungry.A� My tired body needed to refuel, but unfortunately, the delay gave no time to for even a to-go purchase.A� My captain, thinking he was brilliant, had the perfect solutiona��he grabbed a Crew Meal for me.

Airline Crew Meal

Some people think that Crew Meals are a great concepta��convenient packaged meal, A�just for those of us who face the no-time-to-eat dilemma.A� In this particular situation, I felt my body asking for a a�?Real fooda�?, foods that are satiating, filling, and full of sustaining energy, and void of blood sugar spikes, and simple carbs.A� Besides, I had already consumed a Crew Meal during the trip and had no interest in round two.A� So, I opted for my lunch bag, finding a fresh orange, raw almonds, and dried fruit.

When I finally made it home, and I was able to make and enjoy a a�?Real Meala�? of A�Savory Lentil Soup, homemade Vegan Pizza, and a fresh, Green Leafy Salad.

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Being stuck in an airport, away from home, or with an overly busy schedule creates challenges when it comes to adequately fueling your body.A� Without the option of a�?real foodsa�?, when on-the-go, it is easy to grab the closest food item available, which often is not the healthiest option.A� It is important to pack in your purse, gym bag, laptop case, or lunch bag, some natural food snacks that can hold you over until you can eat a satisfying meal.

Here are some suggestions for making your own Crew Meal, with a list food items to carry in your lunch bag.A� Be sure to include some ice for those items that need to be chilled (fresh veggies, some fruits and yogurt).

Stock your Lunch bag with:

  • Raw Almonds, cashews, pecans
  • LaraBars
  • Fruit (Oranges- pack better than apples. Apples- better than bananas. A�Bananas are just sensitive souls. Grapes or blueberries are nice if you can pack them in a small to-go container, otherwise these can easily turn to juice)
  • Veggies (Carrot sticks, Celery sticks, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cherry tomatoes in small to-go container, raw baby asparagus spears, Jicama sticks)
  • Hummus packets and crackers (Dr. Kracker brand has 5g of protein per serving, 3g of fiber, 14g of whole grain);A� Sabra makes individual hummus snack containers with pretzels:
  • Natural nut butters andA� fruit jams (Justina��s Nut Butter has travel packs)
  • Whole wheat tortillas
  • Salsa
  • Greek Yogurt, Lowfat Yogurt, Soy Yogurt
  • Lowfat or homemade Granola
  • Oatmeal packets (or portion your own)

To make Brenda’s Real Food meal, click here for the recipes.

Savory Lentil Soup

Vegan Pizza

Salad & Dressing


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