Traveling? Take a Whole Foods salad with you

This particular salad I made at Whole Foods has tons of tofu (great source of protein and can be out of the fridge for a couple of hours), spring mix, corn, edamame, carrots, parmesan cheese (also ok outside of a fridge), and mixed peppers. No dressing.
This particular salad I made at Whole Foods has tons of tofu (great source of protein and can be out of the fridge for a couple of hours), spring mix, corn, edamame, carrots, parmesan cheese (also ok outside of a fridge), raisins, and mixed peppers. No dressing.

I travel often for work, and am always looking for ways to eat healthy and inexpensively (since I’m on a per diem). One of my favorite solutions? Whole Foods salads.

Before my trip, I head to Whole Foods and build a protein-rich, vegetable-packed salad to take to the airport with me. They give you a rubber band to keep it closed and silverware to eat it with, so it’s really convenient and fits well in my backpack. In terms of how long it will last, with tofu and no dressing, I figure it’s good for at least 1 day in a fridge and 4 hours outside of a fridge.

In terms of benefits:

  • Depending on what I put in there, the salad $8-$10, so way less expensive than airport food.
  • Whole Foods doesn’t allow “hydrogenated fats and artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives” in their food, so it’s much healthier.
  • It’s also a lot healthier than the burger or pizza at the airport and helps maintain your weight.
  • I don’t have to rush around the airport looking for food.
  • Since I’ve started doing this, I’ve noticed I get sick a lot less often while traveling. I think it’s because of all of the vitamins that I’m eating.

In terms of TSA and security, I’ve never had an issue doing this. They don’t even mention my salad.

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