{Today’s Lunchbox} IAD -> GVA Transatlantic Lunchbox

by Valerie on November 6, 2010 · 2 comments

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I just got back from my trip to Switzerland visiting my parents, so I thought today’s lunchbox should be a travel one.  This was the sack of food selection I took with me last week to travel to Switzerland from Washington, DC. I left at 1pm and amidst the hectic packing had just had a large batch of green smoothies and some snacking that morning. Also, if there is something I have learned from years of flying, it is that when I feel like snacking, it is better that I snack as it keeps my stomach settled, even if at times I might be out of boredom.  The other things I have learned are that it is better to have a bit more carbs as opposed to in my everyday lunchboxes, generally plan hearty offerings (i.e. lots of carbs, protein and healthy fats) and also pack lots of extras. I invariably never finish my travel lunchboxes, but better that than go hungry, especially seeing as my request for a gluten-free dairy-free meal was a spectacular fail.  To be fair the gluten-free meal was perfectly gluten-free as far as I could tell, but I still could not eat it because it was very cheesy.

I know there is some glare in these picures on account of the ziplocs, but I still went ahead and posted them.  This sack of food lunchbox was designed to be a late lunch, dinner, snacks for the overnight flight and breakfast prior to landing.

I brought sandwiches as my two main meals:

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 The sandwiches look better unpacked. Here is the tempeh/hummus/tomato paste one unpacked as my dinner on the flight:
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 I also brought the following to round out the sandwiches and snack on:

  • Gingersnap Lara Bar
  • Cashew Cookie Lara Bar
  • Lots of celery sticks
  • Artisana raw nut butter pouches in Cacao Bliss, Coconut Butter, Almond  and Walnut.  I got these as samples at GreenFest which I am realizing I have not yet blogged about.  I promise to do soon.  Also, I packed these in my liquids ziploc as opposed to with the rest of the food.
  • A ziploc of raw cashews
  • A ziploc of raw multiseed crackers using this recipe which had been inspired by this recipe (I think next time I will use half ground flax and half whole flax).
  • A ziploc containing 1/2 cup oats and 2 Tbsps chia seeds for overnight oats for breakfast (I promise to post separately on how I made vegan overnight oats on the plane).

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  • A banana for overnight oats
  • Vega Shake & Go Choc-a-lot for the overnight oats and also if I wanted additional snacking for the trip or during my vacation

The ziplocs containing the crackers and oatmeal-chia combination were packed in a ziploc container which was also intended for the overnight oats. Here are all the lunchbox contents save the nut butters which were packed separately in the liquids ziploc.

Full lunchbox minus nut butters

I ended up eating all the celery, the two sandwiches, the crackers, two Artisana butters (Walnut and Cacao Bliss) and the overnight oats (including the banana).  I did not get to the Lara Bars or the cashews though.

And with that, I am off to try to stay awake longer so I do not fall asleep too early and wake up too early. 

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1 Debi November 6, 2010 at 10:53 pm

This is great, Valerie. I have done quite a few road trips since going gf and I have the hang of planning my food for those. I was just thinking the other day what I'd do when it's time to pack food for a flight. I now know! :)

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2 Maggie November 6, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Cool! You were in Switzerland! My husband's sister lives outside of Geneva with her family! Where were you? This is a great post for anyone traveling! Impressive! Can't wait to hear about the food in Switzerland. I remember their milk tasting like out cream! I can't imagine dairy-free living in that dairy-loving place!

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