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The Airplane Diet

Sure granola is a super food, but five hours in, the green-bell-pepper-powder chips sound good.

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It’s not that I don’t think about it. It’s just that I’m only rarely successful at getting on a plane with food. This morning I managed to stuff a handful of granola into a plastic bag at 5am, but I should have stopped to think that maybe that baggie wasn’t going to hold me for the 9-hour trek to L.A.

Five hours in, the choices are purple potato chips, cookies, and cashews. There’s also a mixed bag of pretzels, chips, cheez curls and tortilla chips—a virtual party of every snack food I grew up with. Each gets its own nutritional breakdown on the back of the bag—that’s something like 126 ingredients all together, green bell pepper powder and lactic acid among them.

You know it’s a long flight when I’m counting ingredients; you know I’m hungry when I eat the whole bag.


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    LisaWaddle | 10/27/2009

    As much as I love your suggestion to stock up on Fine Cookings to read on the plane, I wonder if reading about and seeing photos of amazing food is really the way to go when you're stuck somewhere with nothing good to eat?
    Although I have been known to read food mags on the elliptical machine at the gym, so I guess it's similar.

  • madcook | 10/26/2009

    Actually you're probably not starving... just bored. Don't get on a plane hungry... and ring a healthy snack and a sandwich or such, even if you have to buy it at the airport (pack a snack or lunch the night before if you can). Bring something engrossing to read... I usually bring the Williams-Sonoma catalog and a couple good magazine like Fine Cooking and Sunset. Throw in plenty of bottled water with ice... 'free' from the airline... and a bit of a nap and you should be fine. It just takes a little pre-planning and forward thinking... and acceptance of the fact that airline travel isn't what it use to be.

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