The last thing you want to feel is sluggish, sickly, or hungry when you’re up in the air. To start your vacation right, stock up on these snacks before and on the flight, which will give your body a much needed boost.
Skip the queue at the fast-food counter and fill up on these nutritious eats before boarding your flight. They’ll give you a healthful boost and make that long-haul plane ride a more enjoyable experience.
REGULATIONS AND TIPS
When we talk about food that’s not allowed on an airplane, we’re actually talking about food that’s not allowed through TSA. You can bring solid foods like chips, crackers, sandwiches, and pasta through TSA in your carry on, but anything liquid or spreadable will have to be 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item.
While technically allowed, you should also avoid smelly or noisy food to not annoy fellow passengers by unleashing a weird fish-smell with your food. Foods to avoid bringing on should be tuna, bananas,garlic, onions, eggs because of strong smell and burritos because it makes you gassy. Also, I would not recommend to take a yogurt. It's is healthy breakfast option but it has a tendency to explode when you open it at high altitudes. If you choose to bring yogurt on your flight, open it very slowly to escape an in-flight disaster.
THE BEST SNACKS FOR AIRPLANE
The best airplane snacks are un-messy, un-stinky food you can enjoy at room temperature, like dried fruit or a sandwich.
If you’re not sure what to bring, use this list of healthy, packable airplane snack and meal ideas:
The first rule on flight is to stay hydrated! Scrap that can of soda pop or bottle of booze, and instead, drink lots of water. It is especially important for combating harsh cabin air, notorious for drying up the mucus membranes in the ears, nose, and mouth and leaving you vulnerable to infection.
Dehydration on flights can make you susceptible to some less-than-pleasant health issues – and in rare cases, dangerous ones like deep-vein thrombosis. Pack an empty water bottle to fill up at a fountain when you get through security, and make sure you’re drinking enough water to offset the dry conditions.
Dark, leafy greens are the best choise before boarding, as well as nuts and seeds. These magnesium-rich foods can help trigger sleep and relieve muscle tension.
Eat kale, spinach, Swiss chard, avocado, as well as pecans, almonds, pumpkin seeds. These are all high in magnesium content, which facilitates sleep-regulating melatonin production.
Dried fruit is a refreshing and healthy snack, and the variety available today makes it a snap to create something amazing. I like to buy several different types of fruit and then make my own mix, so I get a little bit of everything I love, like raisins, dried pineapples, apples, apricots and cranberries.
Homemade muffins and waffles
Is there anything muffins and waffles can’t do? Muffins are easy to eat on the go, low-mess, energy-dense, and you can pack them full of fruits and veggies.
Everyone has their own pasta salad preference, but here’s what we like in our:
- pasta + Italian salad dressing + cucumber + tomato + red onions + Parmesan cheese + Italian seasoning
- pasta + mozzarella cheese + tomato + green and red pepper + Italian dressing + olives (optional, we cut them out)
- pasta + tomato + bacon + red onion + avocado + lime juice
- pasta + red onion + tomato + cucumber + feta cheese + extra orgin olive oil + lemon juice
Wraps are one of the best sandwiches for flights. For a healthy option, you can make it different ways with the ingredients you love. If you’ll be on a long flight, skip the lettuce to avoid a wilted mess at meal time.
Vegetables and fruits are the best sources of vitamin C, so consider packing a portable bag of grapes, berries, cut melon, apple slices, fresh cut veggies, like carrots, cucumbers, sweet pepper and so on.
Chocolate cravings are no laughing matter, especially when you’re stuck 30,000 feet in the air. Thankfully, you can avoid these situations by keeping a quick bite close by. Since chocolate bars are so personal and everyone has their favorite, just use the one you love the most.
Cheese and nuts
Whole grain crackers or pretzels
Little treat snacks for kid
Airplane snacks for toddlers, babies or preschoolers is an essential part of your packing list. Enzo usually eats all from above list but there is some 'treat snacks' what we pack to make it more interesting for him:
- M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces
- Gummy snacks/gummy bears
- Bite size cookies (like Mini Chips Ahoy or Mini Oreos)
- Sweet tarts
- Fruit loops
- Rice crispy treats
THE PERFECT CHOOSES TO MAKE WITH HOT WATER :
There are also a few snacks you can make with hot water from the drink-service, like:
Miso soup. For a warming in-flight snack, bring a packet of instant miso soup. Just be sure to keep your cup ¾ full, or use a thermos with a lid to avoid any turbulence-induced soup burns.
Instant oatmeal. Grab a packet of oats, or throw some quick oats in a thermos with your favorite toppings.
Instant noodles. Choose a low-sodium instant noodle, since salty foods exacerbate the dehydration caused by air travel. Again, keep your bowl or food jar only ¾ full.
DIY AIRPLANE MEALS
Breakfast: Greek yogurt + dry cereal
Snack: Grapes + nuts
Lunch: Chicken & veggie wrap/ sandwich + apple + granola bar
Snack: Fresh cut veggies + hummus
Dinner: 1 Bag of Pre-Mixed Salad + olive oil/dressing (add this at home & shake with lettuce, discard remaining liquid) + chopped vegetables + rotisserie or grilled chicken (you can mix all of this in the salad bag to save space and avoid bring an extra container)
Packing these healthy snacks will help you resist the temptation to buy something unhealthy at the airport!
What are your favorite airplane snacks? Share your thoughts in the comments.