Flying and health are almost never seen in the same sentence. Flying is dehydrating and makes you more susceptible to getting a cold. Airports have little to no healthy food options and the snacks on the airplane are even worse. It can be challenging to find a healthy snack to bring with you on your flight that meets TSA-regulations. I travel almost every week and have had the unfortunate moment of getting my overnight oats and coconut yogurts taken at security. Instead of giving in to eating the unhealthy airport food, see below some healthy food options to bring with you on your next flight.
1. Healthy Baked Goods
Between Nutrition Books, Pinterest, Blogs, and Recipe Developer Instagram accounts, there are no shortages of healthy baked goods. Find whatever fits your style- whether it is paleo, plant-based, no added-sugar, etc. and get baking! Bring some fresh baked muffins or a slice of some healthy banana bread to the airport and you’ll be so happy and satisfied that you did.
2. Nuts and Nut Butter Packets
Nuts are a great healthy snack that are full of healthy fats to keep you full longer. Try bringing an individual bag of nuts with you. Buying a full, large bag of nuts at the airport makes it tempting to overeat. Also, try bringing an individual packet of nut butter to the airport. Get plain or flavored nut butters for a snack that tastes like a treat!
3. Raw Oats
Although overnight oats are out of the question, bring your own raw oats to make your own oatmeal! Fill an individual container with raw oats and add a scoop of protein powder, some cinnamon, flaxseeds, or chia seeds if you want to add a boost of protein and fiber. You can get hot water for free at a Starbucks in the airport or at most airport lounges if you have a membership. Top the oats with some nut butter or add fresh fruit for some added fat and fiber.
4. Fresh Fruit
Fresh fruit is one of the easiest healthy snacks to bring along a flight. Opt for fresh vs. cut fruit which needs to be refrigerated. Try bringing bananas, apples, or berries. Add some nut butter from an individual nut butter package to them for some added fullness! If you’re looking for a lower sugar option, try celery sticks.
5. Hard-Boiled Eggs
Hard boil eggs only take about 12 minutes to make and are packed with nutrients. They are full of protein and healthy fats to keep you full longer. Vital Farms even makes sealed two packs of hard- boiled eggs that contain mini salt and pepper packs – perfect for travel!