I don’t eat airplane food.
I mean I haven’t tried business class food, not to mention first-class cuisine, so I can only make bold and harsh statements concerning tourist class, but I’m pretty sure most people travel like me, with the common crowd, and if you happen to be privileged – well then, enjoy, and do share the experience in the comments.
The thing is, although vegans enjoy the privilege of getting their food first ( people around you are sure you are some kind of a celeb +you can get to sleep earlier than everyone), I am never certain about the food the airlines- every airline by the way- provide.
sometimes I’m not sure about the cleanliness of the food, sometimes I’m not sure how long it waited before being served to me, and sometimes, I’m not even sure it’s vegan…
Also, while traveling, I do everything I can to refrain from relying on airport food- for frugal reasons .naturally, plus the same concerns mentioned above.
This is why I decided to get my hands on some trail mix before my flight to India recently.
The thing is, I am frugal + having the time to compare and make wise choices, made me think of making my own trail mix from “scratch”.
That was one of the easiest things ever, which made me think why wouldn’t people do that all the time???
I mean: its easy, no cooking or baking involved, it’s by far cheaper than store-bought, (less than half the price!!) it allows you to mix in only things you personally like, as opposed to compromising on some of the ingredients, it is most definitely fresher, cleaner, and healthier- since no additives are in, and no strange named ingredients such as chocolate liquor (?).
I compared the prices on Iherb, since they deliver internationally, and the average price for 100 grams of packed trail mix is around 4.5 bucks.
a typical bag contains almonds, cashews, raisins, cherries, pumpkin or sunflower seeds, and chocolate nibs.
that is nice, but many times additives are there too, to help preserve the mix for a longer time.
I checked the price of the ingredients separately:again, on Iherb;
almonds- raw organic: 10$ per 500 grams.
Cashews: 15$per 500 grams.
Raisins- 6$ per 500 grams.
sunflower seeds: per 500 grams.
cherries; 13$ per 300 grams.
cacao nibs: 12$per 500 grams
pumpkin seeds: 6.5$ per 500 grams.
total of 3300 grams.
Now Let’s, for the sake of argument, say that the store-bought trail mix is made so that all ingredients, expensive as cheap, are represented equally, though we all know that may not be exactly true- mang times, to cut on costs, the cheaper ingredients are represented more dominantly than the higher priced ones.
3300 grams for a total of 64.5$, is 1.95$ for 100 grams.
This is a whopping 60% discount off the price of the packed trail mix (4.5$) and it has more of a variety, plus instead of chocolate, it has healthy superfood raw cacao nibs. rich in antioxidants and other good nutritional ingredients.
I recently started incorporating goji berries too, plus I always put peanuts as well.
peanuts are a great source of protein, plus they add some welcomed saltiness to the mix.
I buy peanuts in bulk, whole, unpeeled, and it takes me a few minutes to peel them. the reason I don’t bother to buy peeled ones is that they are so much Fresher this way, and maybe cheaper too, though I didn’t check.
You can design your own personal custom-tailored to your personal taste trail mix, and put only the specific ingredients you fancy at the specific date you plan on eating it, by storing the ingredients separately and combining each time the specific mix.
I keep my trail mix in the freezer, and enjoy it every day as a snack while traveling as a substitute for airplane food ( along with fruit- apples or bananas) and as a topping for my smoothies.
Enjoy- the cooliflower.