Healthy Airplane Travel…

…No Longer an Oxymoron

Sitting on the airplane is very much like spending a day on a really uncomfortable couch watching terrible TV. Of course, you may be an airplane reader, sleeper, or use the time to catch up on work. But unless I’m feeling ambitious and in a working, intellectual mood, I spend most of my airplane time listening to music, playing around on my djay computer program, or watching movies and TV. Basically I’m like a 10 yr old. And it’s times like these, when I’m lazy, that I’m tempted (and tend) to snack mindlessly. As tomorrow marks the day that I’m leaving on a family travel adventure, I thought it timely to impart some of my eating-on-an-airplane wisdom. As someone who has spent a lot of time on airplanes and long car rides, here are some of the tricks and treats that I’ve learned from my experiences and my handy dandy healthy mom.

How to Eat Less Crap on an Airplane:

  • Pack your own snacks and/or meal – unless you’re on your private plane or in first class, I suggest taking your own food
  • Bring an empty water bottle to fill up after you go through security (keeping hydrated helps to keep you satisfied – oftentimes when we feel hungry we’re actually thirsty or dehydrated…and this thrifty trick saves you money on expensive airport water)
  • If possible, fit in a quick workout before your flight – personally, I’m compelled to eat healthier after I exercise to maintain that post-workout, feel-good high
  • Lunch/dinner ideas: *Almond butter (or peanut butter), jelly (optional), and thinly sliced banana sandwich on cinnamon raisin ezekiel bread – delicious, filling, takes up barely any space, and rather than getting gross while it sits in your bag, almond butter and jelly sandwiches taste much better slightly smushed. Perhaps pick up a salad from your favorite lunch spot on the way to the airport. Meat eaters – a turkey sandwich is always a good option. 
*Almond butter rules! Check the label…the best almond butter will comprise of only 1 ingredient: raw almonds (the same is true for peanut butter; substitute the raw almonds for raw peanuts, though)
  • Snacks: cut up apple, put it in a ziplock – eating a cut up apple is much more satisfying to me than when I eat it the conventional way (it just feels like there’s more apple), and this way when you’ve had enough, simply close your bag until you crave more. A bag of mini carrots, celery, pepper, snap peas or any of your favorite veggiesGrapes – basically all fruits are good, but the mess-free fruits are easier airplane companions. Nuts (raw and unsalted) – maybe hold back on this snack if you’re having a pb&j or an ab&j. Mary’s Gone CrackersBitchin’ Bites

Happy flying!

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