Five quick meals a Flight attendant carries to work

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Trying to stay healthy and maintain a good weight is one of the most discussed topics on board amongst crew. Most of us follow at least one of the popular diets and may argue which is the best. We all agree that eating the meals loaded on board is a big no no if you want to keep your figure or even loose a bit here and there when you fly as much as we do.

One way to avoid eating meals on board is packing your own. But who has time for that, right? Well, actually you do, if you plan ahead and stick to simple meal plans. These are my top five meals to take on board. Enjoy.

5. Homemade Sandwiches

Choose a bread you like more on the healthier side like Whole Grain / Multi Grain. These kinds of bread also have the added benefit of keeping you full longer. Next the fillers. This is where you can go ham. Actually you can put Ham or anything you fancy. Just try to stay on the healthier side. So try to avoid the heavier spreads. A little goes a long way. So I like to fill my sandwiches with avocado and olive oil, tuna with light mayo, salmon, shredded chicken with some veggies. You get the idea. You can make these the night before or the morning/ night of your flight. Wrap in paper towel and plastic wrap. You can then transport them in a container or sealable plastic bags.

4. Soups

Did someone say quick and delicious. Soups can be that go to dish for anyone. You can add anything, even to fit the most selective palates. It can be a great way to get your vitamins and protein, and have something warm in the cold galley. A few of my favorites are Potato soup, Chicken soup, Tomato soup with parmesan, Creamy broccoli and spinach soup. Really the list can go on and on. Basically anything you have in your fridge can be made into a soup. Soups can be transported  in sealed containers and can be frozen and enjoyed days after making them.

3. Pasta Dishes

Here is another great quickie. Pasta dishes are quick and tasty. They also allow for many variations. Linguini and spinach, pasta carbonara, mac and cheese, penne with salmon, sweet pea tuna salad. The possibilities are endless. Think of the pasta of choice as your base and then you can add anything you like to it. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

2. Left Overs

Yes exactly what it sounds like. Say it with me, Leftovers. So, whatever you have left over from dinner or the doggie bag from the restaurant or your friends place. Throw the food items together and make them into something else or simply reheat on board. Everybody knows most dishes taste even better the next day. So use what you have guys.

1. Salads

The holy grail of quick healthy meals to carry on board. Where do we start. Salads can be as simple or as elaborate as your imagination can conjure up. Your dressings can be anything from olive oil and lemon juice to whatever you bought and stored in the fridge.  Any and all vegetables you have. I love spinach and avocado, cucumbers and tomato. Lets not forget chicken salad, tuna salad, egg salad, fruit salad. You can add, combine, mix and match ingredients as you wish and what you have on hand that day. You can add grilled salmon, cooked chicken, cheese, olives, shrimps to spinach, lettuce to make a fulfilling salad. Whatever you chose you could be the envy of your colleagues.