July 1, 2009
I like to always carry plane snacks with me so that I’m not tempted to gobble up the free honey-roasted peanuts that I don’t like that much anyway, or buy one of those uber-expensive snack packs that are full of fat, sodium and sugar. This is my criteria for travel snacks:
- They aren’t too messy.
- They don’t spoil if they’re in your carry-on bag for a while.
- They don’t have too much sodium. I get puffy enough already from flying!
- They keep you going until you get your next proper meal.
These are my top 5 picks for best airplane travel snacks:
- Raw unsalted walnuts or almonds: they give you protein which keeps you satisfied longer. Chips or crackers just make you crave more chips or crackers!
- Trail mix: make your own with raw nuts and your favorite dried fruit. I like blueberries, cranberries and cherries with raw nuts and sunflower seeds. Scoop 1/3 cup of your mix into a snack size plastic baggie. Be sure to measure, otherwise it’s really easy to eat way too many calories from this snack.
- Low fat string cheese: great protein, plus satisfaction from the flavor and the bit of fat you get.
- Half a whole grain bagel: either plain or spread with a little nut butter. I like almond butter but you can use peanut butter. The whole grains will give you steady energy and fill you up without cravings.
- Dark Chocolate Peanut M&Ms: I know these have sugar, and caffeine and fat! I know, I know! But just a few are a delicious treat and a great pick-me-up at 33,000 feet! Plus they melt in your mouth and not in your hands! And they come in fun colors!
Whatever your snacking preference, make sure to pack a few individually-packaged antibacterial wipes in your bag so you can clean up your hands and fold down tray before having your snack. Who knows what kind of germs are lurking on your plane, right?