Fruits and Vegetables
Certain types of produce are perfect for taking with you when you're traveling by air. They're packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and leave you feeling more refreshed. Fruits and vegetables are also some of the best travel snacks for kids, especially if you want to avoid a sugar crash later on. Consider trying some of these healthy travel snacks for planes:
- Carrot sticks
- Celery sticks
- Sliced cucumber
- Sliced bell pepper
You can also bring along a small container of dip for these fruits and veggies, like peanut butter for apples or ranch dip for carrots. Just make sure they are placed inside a container no larger than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) in size and then placed inside a clear, quart-size bag from Flight 001 to meet TSA requirements. Dried fruit is another great option for portability while traveling.
Nuts and Seeds
The reason that nuts and seeds are such a great option for airline travel is that a small amount can be very filling. To make sure these snacks are on the healthier side, avoid those that are overly salted or flavored with sweet coatings. Nuts and seeds that are low in carbs, such as pecans, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, pepitas, and walnuts, are popular keto snacks for travel.
Popcorn is so airy that it's a perfect option for anyone who likes to travel light. This snack has lots of fiber and whole grains to keep you feeling full. In addition, it's delightfully crunchy and can be made with a wide variety of seasonings for an extra kick of flavor. Salt very lightly (or not at all) and avoid coatings like caramel or cheese to ensure that your popcorn is as healthy as possible.
Granola bars, fruit bars, and protein bars make great snacks for airline travel. They're individually wrapped, so it's easy to toss a few into your bag for a quick pick-me-up when needed. Just be sure to look for bars with healthy foods like whole grains, fruits, nuts, and seeds at the top of the ingredient list. They should have lots of protein and fiber and very little saturated fat, sugar, and sodium.
Foods to Avoid
Certain foods should never be included in your in-flight snack stash, including:
- Strong odors: Even if you find certain food aromas to be pleasant, it's best to avoid eating them on a plane where the odors are impossible to escape. Examples include oranges, tuna, egg salad, and snacks with lots of garlic or spices.
- Messy foods: Anything that's hard to eat without making a mess, like pizza, tacos, or chicken wings, shouldn't be eaten on a plane.
- Liquid foods: Avoid foods that could spill easily in turbulence, like soup and yogurt.
Use these tips to keep your cravings at bay while you travel. Eating healthy snacks is a great way to improve your mood and energy levels on your way to and from your destination.