Packing food for airlines
Posted Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 12:25 PM
Just thought I would add a couple of suggestions for food to take on board flights since Nanci Alexander's page included some tips today.
Hummus is a great food, but if you take a whole container full, it may get confiscated by security as a "gel." (I had that happen to me!) Spread your hummus in a pita or wrap before packing.
Do take those little frozen blue ice packs to keep your food cold - those seem to go through security just fine if they are frozen solid.
Do not take small boxes of soy milk from home as those are liquids over 2 oz. and will get confiscated as well. (Of course you can pack these in your checked luggage if you want to use them upon arrival.)
Veggie salads and cut-up fruit work well. If you want a dressing, you can either add it to the salad container if you will be eating soon or just take less than 2 oz. in a plastic container and put it in the clear zip lock bag through security.
One of my favorites for travel is The Cancer Project's Easy Bean Salad recipe - full of fiber and protein for healthy staying power:
Easy Bean Salad
The simplicity and widespread enjoyment of this salad has made it a Cancer Project classic. Plus, it has tons of fiber to help move carcinogens, excess cholesterol, and hormones out of your body to improve overall health.
Makes about 10 1-cup servings
1/2 cup low-fat or fat-free Italian salad dressing
1 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed, or 1 1/2 cups cooked kidney beans
1 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed, or 1 1/2 cups cooked pinto beans
1 15-ounce can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed, or 1 1/2 cups cooked peas
1 10-ounce package frozen lima beans (preferably fordhook lima beans), thawed completely, 1 1/2 cups cooked lima beans, or 1 1/2 cups cooked green soybeans (shelled edamame)
1 cup frozen corn, thawed completely, or cooked fresh corn, chilled
1 large red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1/2 medium red onion, diced
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
Toss all ingredients together. Serve cold or at room temperature.