• How to Eat Healthy While Flying

    Happy Wednesday friends!

    Week before last I was doing a lot of traveling, between flying out of the country, flying within the states and doing lots of driving. While preparing for my trip I stocked up on lots of snacks and such for while I was on the move. I then had an idea for a post about how to eat healthy while flying. I didn’t always used to pack and bring food with me and just figured out what I would eat once I was in the terminal. With the options in airports being sometimes very limited (unless you’re at a major airport where it’s similar to that of a mall food court) it can feel difficult finding any healthy food. And now with all of the TSA regulations it feels even more restricted than ever of what you can bring with you on the plane. Originally being from the East Coast, I often travel back and forth to visit home. I’ve learned what you can and cannot bring with you on the plane. Some people don’t even realize that you can bring food through security! During my last trip I brought tons of food in my carry on, one of the items being a jar of peanut butter. This item was quickly confiscated; I now know that I cannot bring peanut butter with me on the plane! ;) They told me no butters, hummus, jellies, pastes, etc. – all of these fall under the “liquid” category. You can however bring these items if they are in containers that are 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller. Here are a list of healthy foods and meal ideas you can bring with you on the plane…

    • Bananas
    • Carrots
    • Celery
    • Snap Peas
    • Apples
    • Grapes
    • Avocado (I like to spread the avocado onto a slice of bread, top with some salt and pepper, which the flight attendant should also have or you can grab some at a store before you board. I’ve brought plastic knives with me on the plane but sometimes they get taken away but you can also grab one from a restaurant or shop before you board as well!)

    • Slices of Bread
    • Pretzels
    • Health/Protein Bars (such as Cliff Bars, Kind bars, Two Moms in the Raw, etc.)
    • Oatmeal packets (You can ask for a cup of hot water and add the oatmeal to the cup or make it in a separate cup either way the flight attendant should provide you with this, you should also pack your own spoon just in case they don’t have any on your flight! You can also pack little containers with some brown sugar, cinnamon, nuts, dried fruit, etc. to top your oatmeal with. I personally like to put cinnamon and bananas in mine!)

    • Granola (This you could also bring to put on top of your oatmeal!)
    • Dried Fruit (Pictured are Mango + Pineapple)
    • Trail Mixes
    • Nuts (Almonds, Cashews, etc.)
    • Dates

    • Citrus fruits (Oranges, Clementines, Grapefruits, etc. These types of fruit are able to stay fresh without the need of refrigeration.)

    • Rice Cakes (You can spread some of the almond or peanut butter on top if you bring a little with you!)
    • Pita or Pita Chips
    • Homemade wraps or sandwiches Just be sure it is something that will still taste good in a couple hours from when you’re leaving your house. You can make a pita with hummus, cucumbers, etc. (These are premade Garden Veggie Wraps from Whole Foods. If I don't have time to make something at home before I fly out, I like to stop by the grocery store and pick some of these up on my way.)

    • Cereal (You can bag up some from home and when you’re on the plane again ask for a cup and some milk.)
    • Hard-boiled eggs (This is if you’re really preparing in advance but a great option and source of protein on the go!)

    NOTE*:  If you really want to plan ahead, you can bring a lunch box with you. A soft sided one is best as it’s easier and less clunky to travel with. You can pack a salad, sandwich, even a smoothie in your lunchbox and keep it cool this way with ice packs. Some may not want to go to these lengths to plan out their meals but if you’re like me and want to make sure you have something healthy and that you enjoy while traveling, it’s a great option to take advantage of.


    Written, Styled & Photographed by: Kristen Tola Hettich