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Food tips for air travel – what to eat on the plane

I’m a bit of an oddball when I travel, and that’s OK with me. I’m the one who carries five notepads in her handbag, preferring to write than watch the in-flight entertainment; who Instagrams every meal, even a handful of activated nuts; and who takes her own food on board the aircraft, asking only for cutlery and a cup of hot water for her organic green tea bag. Yes, I am one of those. But it was only recently when I became unapologetic about it.

I was on a flight from Sydney to Los Angeles two weeks ago. I was travelling with my friend, Amanda, who also prefers to avoid plane food like a bad smell. We brought our own food onto the plane and whipped out coconut-coated chicken schnitzel and quinoa tabbouleh salad as others were being served one of three less-than-appetising meal options. I’m not going to lie; people stared. The passenger next to Amanda asked which allergy she had. Having been asked the same question a million times over on previous flights, Amanda answered: “Everything. Gluten, lactose…” He asked me the same question. Ordinarily, I’d have answered similarly to Amanda. But, for a fleeting second, I thought: “Why?” So, I said: “I just choose to eat this way.” It was the first time I’d answered that question on a plane honestly. And, you know what? He accepted my response. No ridicule. No weird look. It felt pretty awesome. I wondered why I had ever worried about what others thought about what I eat on the plane. And I wondered if other passengers had been staring because they thought we were weird, or because they were eyeing off our delicious food!

Tips for eating well when flying:

  • Determine how many meals you’ll need (dinner, breakfast, snacks, etc) to reduce likelihood of waste. When travelling to another country, you can take food on the plane but when you get there you’ll have to discard any leftovers.
  • Pack leftovers from a meal you cooked the night before, or buy a wholefood meal from a salad bar or similar to take with you.
  • Make the ‘fresh’ meal (leftovers or the salad) the first thing you eat as soon as you get on the plane so it doesn’t start to smell or go bad. You’ll have a good meal in your belly to start the journey and will be less likely to snack throughout the trip
  • Try and drink 500mL of water every hour while in the air to stay hydrated (more if you are swayed by the free beer or wine).
  • Nuts, vegetable sticks, and homemade snacks such as my savoury muffins or protein balls make great snacks.
  • If you don’t have anything prepared and the in-flight food is your only option, don’t fret. Opt for the plainest meal offered and ask for fruit and nuts as snacks.


Hu Kitchen Paleo goodie bag

My goodie bag for a flight from New York to Sydney. Chicken and coleslaw, raw nut-based granola, raw cacao-coated almonds, ‘chocolate’, and a coconut and almond based ‘crack’ bar.

Travel teaches us that life is a journey

For someone who’s been to 33 countries, takes every opportunity to set off on an adventure, and spent two years in a long distance relationship (man, we spent some money on fuel!), I used to hate travelling. The distances, the time, the nothingness that happens during the ride… Now, amid the fast pace of life, these are things I relish in. It’s a reminder that life, too, is a journey. Read more

Explore Fiji beauty via kayak on the Luva River

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How to make coconut cream – the authentic Fijian way

In Fiji they say you can find 101 uses for coconuts. You can make rope by binding the fruit’s fibrous husk, cups from its shell, and moisturising lotion from its flesh. Personally, it’s the uses of coconut in the kitchen which most interest me and there is no shortage of those, as the Fijian diet largely consists of coconut in some form – whether it be juice, cream or oil. Read more

Fresh, simple pop-up espresso bar and art exhibition

A visit to a pop-up art exhibition and espresso bar this morning really brightened my day. After hearing whispers earlier in the week of the entrepreneurial spirit of two friends who listened to their hearts and saw an opportunity to step closer to their dreams, I had to pop round for a sticky beak (and to taste the coffee)! Read more


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