5 Perfect Healthy Snacks to Reach for After a Long Flight
With tons of regulations and security measures in place nowadays, flying from point A to point B takes WAY longer than just the time you spend in the air. Add in high altitudes and cramped spaces, and traveling can be pretty draining. There are ways to eat healthy at the airport (well… fairly healthy) and some killer duty-free airport shops that’ll help lift your spirits during the journey. But recovery really happens after you land. To get the scoop on snacking for energy after jet-setting, we reached out to Annie Lawless, the blogger behind Blawnde who co-founded Suja Juice. Scroll on to find out the five snacks she reaches for post-flight, which will help you feel great whether you’re headed out on your first business trip or the ultimate vacation.
1. Hard-Boiled Eggs: Annie says, “Eggs are a fantastic source of clean protein and healthy fat without any sugar, flour or sodium to worry about.” They’ll hold you over until you can sit down for your next meal, so definitely pack one or two hardboiled eggs if you can, or try to find them in an airport deli or at the nearest corner store once you get to your destination.
2. Almonds: Recently declared President Obama’s snack of choice, almonds are rich in healthy fats, protein and fiber — which Annie calls, “The ultimate trifecta of satiation.” She says to remember that most packaged brands come “roasted in a junky vegetable oil with added sugar and lots of salt,” so buy raw almonds in bulk before you fly and stash them in a Ziploc in your purse or carry-on.
3. Water: You may want to beeline for the nearest cafe for a caffeine fix when you finally get off the plane, but Annie tells us to put the coffee on hold. “Quench your ‘hunger’ and get your energy back with WATER. The reason why? A lot of times we’re actually not as hungry as we think because it’s really dehydration we’re experiencing.” The body’s defense mechanism defaults to hunger, because it’s lacking something it needs, so Annie says to try getting in some H20 instead of a snack. “Travel can be super dehydrating and we’re often A LOT more thirsty than we realize when we’re on the go,” she adds.
4. Mini Sweet Potato and Almond Butter Sandwiches: Delicious recipe alert! Annie swears by these mini sandwiches, which are packed with protein and the right kind of carbs to keep your energy levels up. “These are so simple to make, don’t need refrigeration and are loaded with protein, fat and complex carbs to fill you up,” she promises. “Simply slice a sweet potato into rounds and sandwich two thin slices around some almond butter and either sea salt, cinnamon or cayenne pepper, depending on what you like,” Annie says. This snack is jam-packed with nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin E and iron. Such a great idea!
5. Berries: Annie tells us that the worst post-flight snack picks are “high-glycemic fruits like bananas, pineapple, mango or dried fruits, which are basically like eating candy.” On the other hand, berries are the *best* choice because they have less sugar, more than double the fiber of most fruits and tons of antioxidants. They give you the slow-burning carbs you need to keep your energy up without spiking your blood sugar and causing unhealthy cravings.
What foods help you feel better after flying? Tweet us your faves @BritandCo!
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)