If you fear plane food more than you fear flying, you’ve come to the right place. A long plane journey means hours of somebody else deciding what you should eat and, let’s be honest, it’s never actually that good (or good for you). So what’s the solution here? Goodness recommends that you pack smart, healthy, and delicious snacks so you can treat yourself – sans guilt – throughout your flight.
Here are six snack ideas for plane journeys to keep you feeling fuller for longer, without having to reach for the unhealthy food on offer.
Trail mix is a classic, healthy snack that will keep you feeling full as well as satisfied. Make your own, opting for a selection of nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. By preparing your own, you can include your favorite ingredients and take solace in the fact that no added sugar has been sprinkled over the top.
Homemade Breakfast Bars
All you really need for a basic yet tasty breakfast bar are some oats, soft Medjool dates, nuts, and seeds. From there, you can add whatever you like – fresh apple, goji berries, coconut, or banana are all viable options. Blend the dates until they form a smooth paste and then mix with your ingredients of choice. Mold the mixture into the shape of breakfast bars and refrigerate for a few hours. They’re now ready to wrap in clingfilm for a sweet, sugar-free plane snack!
Not all store-bought items contain added sugar and nasty ingredients. Brands like Nakd and That’s It offer convenient, natural bars that can be picked up just before flying. It’s always a good idea to check the back of a packet to be sure there are no hidden nasties, of course. Head to your local supermarket or health-food store to stock up on some healthy options.
No, we don’t mean the buttery kind you find in the cinema. There are plenty of sugar-free, fat-free, and low-calorie flavors of popcorn now available to satisfy virtually any craving. Propercorn and SkinnyPop are just two of the growing brands that can often be found in shops or coffee spots. Keep your eyes peeled!
If you don’t get quite the same satisfaction from popcorn as you do from crunchy chips, then naturally baked varieties are the way forward. You can now find everything from kale chips to baked apple and crunchy banana chips on store shelves. They do carry a slightly higher price tag, but they’re worth it as they keep your health and waistline in check.
Sometimes, the best things in life are the simplest. Fruits like apples, satsumas, bananas, or even chunks of coconut in a packet are brilliant because they don’t cause a mess nor do they involve the fuss of needing utensils. Plus, they tick the healthy box, so pack as many as you like!
Looking for even more ideas? Click here to see where you can stock up on healthy snacks in Dubai.
Carly Rothman is the blogger behind LeanLivingGirl, a health and fitness website based in Dubai.