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Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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Greetings from Alaska Airlines! Hooray for in-flight internet!

My flight departed at 8:00 AM, so it was an early morning for me, especially since I still had some packing to finish. (Why do I always wait until the last-minute to finish packing? I know it’s going to stress me out. Blah. I never learn.)

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Once I was all packed up and ready to go, Mal and Murphy drove me to the commuter rail. I don’t think either of them were too psyched to be awake so early, but they’re nice guys and wanted to say goodbye since they won’t see me until Sunday night. I’m going to miss their adorable faces.

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The commuter rail took me straight to South Station with no issues or delays. Way to go, MBTA!

At South Station, I jumped in a cab to the airport. I usually take the T from South Station to the airport, but I only had a little over an hour before my flight departed (and I don’t trust the MBTA to get me places on time), so I figured I should just spend the extra money and make sure I didn’t miss my flight by taking a cab. Even just the thought of potentially missing my flight stresses me out. Plus, I hate feeling rushed. (If you were ever to travel with me, I’d seem cool as a cucumber, but, interally, I am freaking out.)

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A cab to the airport was definitely worth it. I got there in a matter of minutes and it was totally stress-free.

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Once through security, I broke into my breakfast, which I packed this morning and brought from home.

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Inside: Greek yogurt mixed with fresh blueberries and granola.

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A cranberry almond NRG Bar.

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And a banana.

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I also packed some magazines from home. It’s a long flight to Seattle, so I definitely needed some in-flight reading material.

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On the flight, I snacked on an apple cranberry cookie and a cup of coffee with cream and sugar.

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For lunch, I purchased a Mediterranean Tapas “Picnic Pack” on the flight.

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Here’s what it included:

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Lots of goodies! I haven’t broken into it just yet, but I’m looking forward to the variety of food options. I love meals like this one that include all sorts of different tastes, textures, and flavors.

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However, I have no clue how I’m going to eat the package of hummus. Maybe I can squeeze it out straight into my mouth onto the chips?

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Question of the Day

When you have a long day of travel ahead of you, do you bring healthy meals/snacks from home or do you buy them during your travels? What are your favorites?

If I bring from home, I like Greek yogurt, bananas (and other fresh fruit), nuts, packets of nut butter, hardboiled eggs, sweet potato wedges, leftover roasted veggies, peanut butter + banana sandwiches, and homemade smoothies.

If I buy, I like turkey/ham/chicken sandwiches, egg sandwiches, KIND bars, Starbucks oatmeal, nuts, bananas, low-fat cheese, soy milk lattes, salads with some sort of protein/beans, and smoothies.



  1. I normally bring from home as sometimes healthy options are unavailable or put of stock! I find sandwiches, fruit and protein bars to be the most portable!

  2. Unfortunate travel story: I am from Canada and it’s really hard to find Chobani yogurt here, never mind the cool flavours so when I was in Florida for my Spring Break I picked up a couple flavours to bring back with me. Silly me wasn’t thinking that they weer over the 3oz limi and they got confiscated at security! Needless to say I was so bummed because my healthy snack was gone!!

    I am gluten intolerant so it’s a little bit of a struggle to find healthier snacks at the airport but I usually buy a coffee or tea from starbucks and pick up a banana with it, try and find some sort of salt free trail mix, and beef jerky (some people think this is gross but it is a guilty pleasure…filled with protein which is my excuse!).

  3. I’m surprised you can get greek yogurt through security; ever since my apple sauce got confiscated last year, I’m hesitant to attempt anything even close to being a liquid. Good to know though!

    Safe travels!

  4. Wow, that is a pretty hooked up airplane meal box! I was not as impressed with the offers on my flights to and from Europe this past January. Larabars and pistachios were my saviors.

  5. I love Endangered Species chocolate! It’s my second favorite brand, after Green & Black’s (best flavor of G&B is hazelnut & currant dark chocolate!). 😉

  6. I’m a worrier so pre-packing is a must for me! Traveling is in my blood and I’m always itching to be in the sky apparently 🙂

    I fly to NYC Monday and Taipei Wednesday so a two-fold trip means more thought needs to go into packing.

    I’ve only transferred in Alaska once because my international flight needed to refuel but I’ve never traveled on that airline. I’ve definitely learned to pack snacks because airport or plane food can either be pricey or bad. Sometimes when I transfer flights, I barely have ANY time to buy lunch during my connection so bringing something to eat is something I always do.

    Have a great trip!

  7. When I flew to Europe, I actually ran out of food and had to ask for something on top of all the granola bars I brought. 6 hour flights=starving all the time!

  8. I used to travel a lot for work and would purchase my meals using our per diem. Initially, the tempting treats were too hard to pass up. But, after 3 years of traveling about 30-40% of year, I had to make some better choices. The oatmeal at Caribou Coffee is my personal airport favorite!

  9. I’ve never been able to find a snack that good on a plane… usually just cheese, crackers, and grapes! Which really isn’t that bad… Guess I’m just having flight food envy. 🙂

  10. i love food should taste good chips! i actually just got my coupon for a free bag in the mail yesterday from the stonyfield rewards program. now i’m hungry for the sweet potato chips! i also love how you secured your container of yogurt shut with hair ties? rubberbands? 😉

  11. I was also curious how you got the yogurt through security! They took away peanut butter from me, and when I argued, they pointed to the “creamy” description and told me – “creamy means cream!” I was so sad.

  12. I’ll pack healthy if I am going on a day trip to somewhere like a theme park, but sometimes on extremely long flights and car trips, I’ll deliberately bring the junk food that I don’t like to keep in my house because when you eat it in transit, it doesn’t count, right? …er, maybe not. Oh well.

  13. I hope you have a safe and hassle free flight. I’m traveling on Alaska Airlines next week from Atlanta to Fairbanks with a stop in Seattle. Alaska Airlines just started coming to ATL. Super excited b/c they are my favorite airline to travel on. I will be traveling with my two kids (age 10 and 12) so this week I’m trying to plan how we are going to pack. I only want to check one bag. I’m traveling to Alaska to visit my family and run the marathon, so trying to eat very clean and healthy while traveling. Thanks for the tips. Hope you have a great time in Seattle.

  14. I use to buy food as I traveled but now I’m being more aware and bringing my own food. 🙂 Leaving “food options” to chance just puts me in a bad position to make bad food choices. I can’t be trusted, yet.. 🙂 I do love the Starbucks Protein box if I do need something and my options are limited.

  15. As far as the hummus goes, I’d try and tear it down the side once I open the top and then just scoop it up with the chips.

    Safe Travels to you!

  16. Have you ever had trouble at airport security trying to bring yogurt through to the gate. I figured that it would qualify as a “liquid or gel” and wouldn’t be allowed through.

  17. I always bring a piece of fruit, granola bar, and string cheese. Covers all the bases and can keep me sated for a long time in case of delay.

  18. I get really hungry during flights. Maybe it’s a cabin pressure thing? I bring snacks but it usually doesn’t cut it. I also crave salty stuff. I’m sure that has to do with the dry air. When I’m in the airport, I usually search for Starbucks for breakfast (love their oatmeal).

    Have a safe trip!

  19. Wow, that does sound like a long flight, but how exciting for you! I sometimes pack snacks like granola bars, peanuts, etc., but I usually buy when I am traveling. Latte’s and fro-yo are always at the top of my list when they’re available!

  20. Does Greek yogurt make it through security alright? I’ve always been too nervous! And I am so jealous of that box you bought! I fly southwest and for short flights it’s pretzels or honey roasted peanuts, both of which have gluten…

  21. Isn’t that hummus the dumbest packaging ever? I get that snack pack all the time when traveling on Delta and become infuriated with that hummus every single time. Why not just make it a small tub like container. I mean seriously, who thought a triangular, squeeze tube is easier on a plane!?

  22. I always bring way too many snacks when I’m traveling & end up eating less than half of it! I like to bring fruit, Lara bars & trail mix – that way I have a little bit of everything.

    If I buy at the airport, I always get coffee, an alcoholic beverage or some sort of breakfast sandwich. Those are the only things I can justify paying money for at the airport. Well, those & magazines which are totally necessary!

  23. I used to travel every week for work and always brought snacks. I loved bringing tea packets with me because it was so cold on airplanes, and brought bars, raw veggies (good the day of travel), ALMONDS always!, and packets of PB. I brought as much as possible just to be safe and airplane/airport food gets old fast!

  24. I do the same thing when I travel. I always bring my food with me. It saves money and it really helps me stick to the healthy foods I am used too. That is awesome they have gluten-free option for lunch on the airplane! Wahoo! Seattle huh? That is on my top places to visit list. Everyone is traveling there recently. I keep hearing how beautiful it is there too. Have a great trip 🙂

  25. When we went on vacation last year, we had a flight from Omaha to Denver, and then Denver to Orlando (I know. Figure that one out). Packed tons of filling snacks from granola bars to pretzels and peanut butter and trail mix. Also made sure to have refillable water bottles on hand. Refillable water bottles are one of the best inventions for traveling in the world.

  26. Your breakfast looks exactly like what I “try” to take for early am trips. Although recently TSA threw it away….I think the lady was disgusted by how it looked all mixed together…she claimed it was “too much liquid”…I was heated! I usually take snacks for the plane ride; apples, bananas, carrots, PB&J, a homemade salad. Enjoy the trip!

  27. You got lucky with the yogurt! I’ve had to throw it out the last two times I tried. The prices are crazy at the airport so I like to bring food from home, plus if there is a need to rush, you’re not having to look for a snack too.

  28. I always bring them from home. Being a lactose intolerant vegetarian with a sensitive tum and who is also super cheap, it usually goes better for me if I just bring food. Otherwise I end up circling the airport going from place to place trying to find something to eat that sounds good and that I’m willing to pay and get cranky way too quickly. It’s better for everyone. haha

  29. A gluten free and vegan snack pack! Oh good lord if I asked for that on a European flight they would look at me like I had two heads! Some day we will catch up! They also don’t let us through security with the likes of yoghurt in these parts 🙂 Though I bring lots of fruit and homemade baked and raw goods with me to keep me going.

  30. I always want to bring yogurt from home but I’m never sure about security. Have you ever had problems?

    1. I’ve only brought yogurt a couple of times, but never had to toss it. Maybe because it was Greek yogurt and thicker?

  31. Banana + packets of peanut butter (which I stock up on from my college’s dining hall..hehe) are definitely go-to travel snacks for me. Also, I’ve had that same weird-shaped hummus packet on a flight in the past, and I ended up just squeezing it onto crackers that it came with. Not as fun as dipping, but it gets the job done I guess!

  32. Sounds like a very smooth travel experience thus far! My favourite snacks to bring from home are bananas (so convenient), Lara bars (absolute favourite) + trail mix with nuts and dried berries! For some reason I have this weird fear of bringing fruits like apples, pears, etc. on the go because I feel that the skin gets dirty/germy sitting in a purse or bag.

  33. I recently returned from a trip to Denver, where I bought green chili as a “souvenir” to bring home. I was a little worried that they wouldn’t let the green chili through, and was even more worried when they pulled my bag out to look through it. The TSA man pulled out my container of green chili and assured me I’d done the “smart thing” by freezing it! The chili was frozen solid, so therefore did not count as a liquid, as it would have been if I’d brought it on room temperature. So that was a great lesson – you can fly with anything liquid as long as you freeze it solid beforehand. Score!

  34. I almost always bring my own food when I travel—that way I can save $$ and stay relatively healthy! Fresh fruit (apples and bananas), nuts, and whole wheat wraps with PB and banana are my go-to staples.

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