In a rush to get to the airport I left my lovely protein filled lunch in the refrigerator, not realizing I was leaving satiation behind. Fortunately I had packed a large bag of nuts and a banana in my bag beforehand, saving part of the day.
Arriving at the airport I remembered my faux pas but thought I would consider it an opportunity for growth and connecting with the real world of food. I managed to pick up a string cheese prior to departure.
When the airline food arrived it was a turkey dog wrapped in a roll containing high fructose corn syrup among other delicate additives. There was a salad, which looked like days old, and a packet of carrots. I ate the carrots, my purchased string cheese and pulled a few nuts out of my bag finishing with the banana. Not too bad for thrown together meal.
Arriving in the airport for our connecting flight I perused the airport food court- McDonald’s, Ben and Jerry’s, Dunkin Donuts and a Greenleaf’s counter. I opted for the Greenleaf’s counter trying to figure out how to find some type of nutritious looking food with protein to sustain me till my final destination.
They had a “salad bar” or at least something that resembled the concept. For $4.59 you could purchase a bed of greens and then have the counter employees add food items to your salad. The items ranged from 75 cents to almost two dollars.
I chose grilled chicken, Parmesan cheese and a hard-boiled egg. The veggies looked sad and the rest of the accoutrements I could not stomach. Various dressings existed in squeeze bottles. The employees added everything, as this was not truly a salad bar.
I watched them adding close to a half a cup of dressing and opted to have olive oil and vinegar on the side. Adding a bottle of water to my bill I sat down to eat.
The chicken was barely edible so I ate a few pieces and then mostly lettuce, the egg and some cheese. Walking to the gate I felt physically satisfied but wanting to fill my stomach with the food of home. A Fage yogurt with nuts and fruit sounded marvelous.
I survived the airport culinary experience or lack thereof. Next time I probably won’t forget my travel food. However, it did not really matter since I was soon to reach my final destination. The experience left me the opportunity to blog.
Perhaps a key item to remember on the list before departing your house…do you have your food? Though I ventured out I survived with using some knowledge and not succumbing to a fast food holiday. Poor planning or forgetful thinking does not need to lead to a binge on the belly.