Wedding Weekend + Airport Eatin’

Last weekend, we traveled to Hilton Head Island, SC for a wedding. The weather was gorgeous and so was the bride, a cousin of J. We saw lots of alligators basking in the sun pond-side. SO Wild! And enjoyed time with our extended family. J has a gazillion aunts, uncles, and cousins.

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Friday Night – Hilton Head Island Wedding

Excuse the crazy hair, it was quite windy at the beach. The couple handed out flip-flops and sun glasses for all the guests – cute touch!

This was our first wedding since transitioning to plant-based eating. For formal occasions, we have decided to just “go with the flow” and eat pescatarian (vegetarian + fish) or vegetarian. But at this wedding, we were blown away! The bride and groom offered a vegan dinner option at the reception. Our meal was a colorful salad with delicious dried cherries and candied walnuts, a soft dinner roll, and a quinoa stuffed portobello mushroom. Hors d’oeuvres included roasted rainbow carrots, colorful cauliflower, and asparagus with hummus as well as crackers along with unique jams like roasted garlic onion.

For the sake of honesty, I’ll admit, skipping the wedding cake was HARD. I LOVE wedding cake. But snacking on a few Oreos (yes, they are vegan) back at the condo did make me feel better. Especially since they were double stuffed! Score!

We fully enjoyed our vacation and ate most meals out. Hilton Head may not be as vegan-friendly as SoCal, but we made it work. Here are some of the restaurants we tried and meals we ordered. Our favorite was Delisheee Yo for lunch on Friday.

The Salty Dog – Ordered the Black Bean Burger Basket with seasonal fresh fruit and a beer! Not positive this was 100% vegan – the roll tasted a little buttery.

Giuseppi’s – Shared a Greek Salad and Veggie Weggie – no cheese on either.

Delisheee Yo – Ordered the Happy Rap. Loved the vibes of this little cafe! Tons of vegan and vegetarian options.

Hilton Head Diner – Ordered ala carte and munched on a bagel with jam, fresh fruit, and home fries. Carbs on carbs on carbs!

Eating at the airport was a tad trickier. Our flight was a red-eye from San Diego to Charleston. We ate a large dinner at home and packed nuts and fruit for snacks. Our layover was in Dulles. I always always travel with oatmeal, so I ordered a coffee (duh) and a tall soy milk from Starbucks. I ate my oatmeal cold with soy milk and a banana. Cold oats are my newest breakfast obsession. More on that another time. In Dulles, J had coffee and a donut (not vegan!) and later a bagel with avocado and steel cut oatmeal from Panera.

Flying back to San Diego, we grabbed some food at the Charleston airport before taking off and then again during our layover in Houston at the William P Hobby airport.

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Charleston Airport Eats

In Charleston, I purchased this Clif bar and the apple was a left over snack from home. Fun fact: many Clif bars are vegan as well as their Builder (protein) bars. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut is my favorite flavor!

Courtesy of Southwest, I also munched on peanuts and pretzels.

Houston Airport Eats
Houston Airport Eats

This beauty [Falafels, Pita, Greek Salad] was my dinner in Houston. Purchased from Yia Yia Mary’s. A tad pricey at ~$13.50, but I was happy to find a vegan option and truly fresh vegetables in an airport. Bonus: the staff was very knowledgeable about their ingredients.

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Houston Airport (almost) Eats

Anyone else have a fear of being hungry mid-flight, thousands of feet in the air? I sure do! So we also picked up these bars in Houston too. We did not end up eating them. The top was Jimmy’s and the bottom mine.

NuGO is a line of vegan protein bars. This was my first time buying one, and I gave it a try at home. I rate it as a 7/10. It definitely has that unmistakable protein bar taste, but the dark chocolate flavor is pretty spot on. Would I purposely buy one again? Probably not. But I was happy to find a vegan option in the airport.

How do you eat healthy at the airport? I’d love to hear your tips!

Have a great week!

~Katie J.

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