FOOD TALK BY CELEBRITY CHEF KAVIRAJ KHIALANI
Count your calories, do not overindulge, hit the gym regularly are some of the common statements we come across being a part of the aviation industry, and fitness first is definitely a good mantra to a healthy life.
Being a sky chef with an international airline for a good amount of time, I often received requests for special meals from various levels of airline professionals and it was a pleasure to create something new for them each time. I love innovating with regular recipes, a little dash of spice, a little touch of fusion made sure my dishes were different and always a hit with the pilots and crew, the compliments i received kept me motivated to keep trying out new variations to serve. “Variety is the spice of life” and we definitely need to have variety in our diet, we just have to know how to make it work for us so that it is beneficial for the system and does not affect us in any way from doing our duties well!
We understand that food can be a great stress buster and we’re often asking ourselves “why are all the great foods in the world full of calories and high energy value?” The trick is to eat a tasty but healthy diet with the correct ingredients and correct portioning. You have to maintain that balance between cravings and staying fit so that you can be alert and perform your crew duties well.
My endeavour in all my articles will be to touch base on various elements of our plate and how to make the colours and flavours appease us while staying healthy.
SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO CREATE YOUR PFC FORMULA:
[P- PROTEIN, F- FATS, C- CARBS]
For a combination of protein and fat duets: Whole eggs, cheese, lamb chops, fish, chicken breast, steaks.
For a combination of fats and carbs: Potato, brown rice, brown bread, cereals, chocolate and avocados.
For a combination of protein and carbs: Yoghurt, milk, beans, quinoa, pasta
TOP 10 ON YOUR TAKE OFF CHARTS:
A few ingredients which are highly recommended to be a part of your diets before flying and an average of 1 hour before take-off in order to prevent any digestive issues.
Pick smaller meals, have smaller portion sizes, try avoiding heavily spiced and masked foods, go for the fresh as far as possible and include vegetables and fruits as a part of your menu.
- Green tea
- Sweet potato
- Assorted nuts
- Apples, oranges
- Seeds like chia
- Peanut butter/almond butter
TOP 5 ON YOUR NOT SO HEALTHY LIST
- Carbonated beverages
- Fast foods and junk
- Gaseous foods
- Salty and sugary foods
Top 5 ON YOUR Carry ON AIR LIST:
- Granola/health bars
- Hummus/health dips or spreads