Don't Mind Me and my Bag 'O Bananas

Don't Mind Me and my Bag 'O Bananas

I love vacation, but I always seem to come back weighing more than when I left. That's fine, but it just makes getting back to reality post-trip all the more depressing. Typically, I eat my weight in carbs, skip my leafy greens, and generally arrive home at my door with mountains of dirty laundry, and a mild case of scurvy.

So this week, we are in Key West with the whole fam, and I decided to try something different. We're staying in house so I can cook a bit, and I brought the entire contents of my Green Grocer box down to Florida with us. Granted I swapped a few things to make the bag travel better (butternut squash packs up better than red leaf lettuce). Not that there isn't good produce here, but by the time I'd seek out markets or whatnot, I'd probably just have given in to a jumbo bag of Cheetos.

I wasn't sure how the TSA would feel about my carrying on a ton of fruits and veggies (check out the above picture -- it's just the fruit I brought), but it's 100% allowed on domestic flights. And you know what? Just having the oranges, bananas, and apples in a carry on bag under our seat on the flight made all the difference. Between three planes and two flights (read: three hour delay and plane change), one in-flight medical emergency by some guy who tried to jump ship (yes, really), my two kids ate seven apples, three bananas, and two oranges between them. They topped off all the fruit with some chia and blueberry muffins I had packed and we were miraculously able to avoid fast food for the 9 hour travel time.

Yes, the TSA agents looked at me like I was half primate when they peered into my baggage, but I'm sure they've seen it all. Moral? I will never leave home again without a trusty bag of bananas.