Packing healthy snacks for an airplane is not that much different than packing healthy snacks for a car, train, or bus ride BUT there are definitely a few things you may want to know!
First let me remind you that I have a one year old daughter on the West Coast:
With Grandparents that live on the east coast:
(OH, I am SO getting in trouble for that one… but really who could resist?! How cute are they?)
So I do quite a bit of flying these days!
If there is one thing that I can say with certainty about flying and eating it’s this: It’s really hard to find “clean”, fresh foods in the airports and on the planes. I’m not saying that it’s impossible, but it’s hit or miss and not something that I like to rely on.
So my solution is to pack my own snacks! (You can check out my “Let’s Eat on a Plane” post to see what I packed on my last trip.)
But before I get to the snack list, I want to give you these few flying reminders:
- No liquids. Don’t waste your time or your money, you are not getting your own beverages on the plane (unless you buy them once you pass security).
- No foods that are “gel-like”. So don’t pack things like yogurt and cottage cheese! I did however bring some baby food and they let me take that on.
Now on to my top 10 list:
1. Nuts. You can’t go wrong with nuts. A little healthy fat and a little healthy protein all in one. They are easy to pack, don’t require a cooler, and are really satiating.
2. Dried fruits. Sweet and satisfying, dried fruits like apricots, mangoes and prunes are a great way to help avoid the candy section at the airport!
3. Trail Mix. Try making your own by combing your favorite cereal with a handful of nuts, some dried fruit, and a few chocolate chips (so good!).
4. Oats. Oatmeal is the perfect plane food. Simply pack your dried oats and then all you need is a little hot water and you can have a warm, nourishing, breakfast right in your plane seat. Add a few nuts and some dried fruit and you will be the envy of the plane!
5. Granola/Cereal. Same idea as the oatmeal but instead of water ask for milk!
6. Fresh Fruit. Okay, so now I’m making you work, but there is nothing better than some fresh watermelon or a crunchy apple mid way through the flight!
7. Chopped Veggies. Not only delicious and nutritious but a great way to deal with boredom munchies on the plane not to mention they help with hydration.
9. Jerky. I know not everybody is a fan, but this family is! An easy way to get a little protein into a “world of fast-food carbs” when you’re on the go!
10. Water. Sorry, but you have to shell out the five bucks for a bottle of water from the airport if you want to stand any shot against that recycled air, dehydration that takes place on the plane.
And don’t forget that you can always pack a bar if all else fails!
And my last and final tip when it comes to “food and flying” is this: Eat Breakfast at home.
Have a nice big breakfast with some high quality carbs, fats and some protein too. An fast and easy choice would be a whole grain breakfast cereal with fruit, nuts, and 1% milk! This alone can set you off on the right foot:
Do you guys have any favorite flying foods?? I’d love ot hear about them in the comments!!