Traveling with a 9 Month Old: Real Food for a Long Haul Flight

IMG_5283This week we will be leaving Prague and flying to the states for a six week visit. One of the things that I always dread about flying is the food. Airline food is packed full of preservatives and additives – most of the time it is NOT real food. So, whenever I fly I like to bring a good amount of snacks and healthy food choices for my husband and myself (and, this time, our 9 month old baby as well). Today I thought I’d share with you what real food I plan on bringing on our 16 hour trip.

For the Baby:

  • Breast milk - of course J
  • Cooked Carrots and/or Potato - cut into smallish strips (think French fries) that he can hold and naw on without making too much of a mess.
  • Green Peas –I will put these into his mesh lined teething feeder because I worry about him choking on them.
  • Apple – I will probably put pieces of these into his mesh things as well.
  • Quinoa Coconut Teething biscuits – ok, so this is something I plan on trying to make and I’m sort of playing with a recipe in my head, but I’m not sure if it’ll work out or not. If it works and he likes them I’ll be sure to post the recipe on the blog soon.
  • Cooked chicken pieces – torn or cut up into small pieces that he can safely eat.
  • Goats milk/Goats milk yogurt – if I can find these in the London airport during our layover then I’ll give him one or the other of these things, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to find them and I don’t want to hassle with bringing liquid through security so I won’t bring them from home.

For Bryan and I:

  • Quinoa Trail Mix Protein Bars – this is another recipe that I’ve been playing with in my head and will try out for this trip, but as of yet I don’t know how they will turn out. Again if this one turns out I’ll post the recipe soon.
  • Raw Cut up Veggies – we usually bring carrots and some bell peppers and sometimes sugar snap peas as good snacks.
  • Sandwiches made on homemade Sourdough English muffins – I’ll probably put slices of chicken, cheese, avocado, arugula, tomato, and cucumber on our sandwiches. This will be a great lunch for us during our flight to London.
  • Homemade Sourdough bagels with homemade cream cheese – I love bagels, so this is a favorite snack for me and an easy thing for on the plane.
  • Sourdough crackers – if you couldn’t tell from the last two I’m trying to use up my sourdough starter before we go.
  • Dark Chocolate – I will probably avoid this since Thaddeus doesn’t seem to do all that well with me eating chocolate and breastfeeding, but my husband likes this as an easy relatively healthy in-flight snack.
  • Apple – Apples are great because they don’t get overly mushy (like peaches or pears or banana or strawberry, all of which we’ve tried unsuccessfully on a plane before). We’ll probably take one or two apples and share them between the three of us.

So, what are your favorite real food snacks while traveling? I’d love to hear your suggestions!

Rejoicing in the journey - Beth Stedman

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photo by Beth Stedman