With free food on planes gone the way of free checked baggage, more travelers are packing their own do-it-yourself meals, and thanks to Pinterest, there are hundreds of ideas that will satisfy passengers of all ages. The Trip Savvy Pinterest board, "Snacks on a Plane," offers tasty and easy eats to try on that next flight.
To stay healthy while flying, the Healthy Happened blog says that preparation before taking off is key. To that end, it recommends using Ziploc bags or a lunch box to carry healthy snacks, including granola; berries; dried fruit; snack bars like NAKD; dark chocolate; licorice candy; nuts; and hummus with vegetable sticks.
Explore more options and specific recipe tips below to make sure you won't be too hungry the next time you're stuck on a long flight!
Hummus and Veggies
You want to eat on your flight, but you also want to be healthy and not have to carry something messy or complicated. This snack box of hummus, peppers, string cheese and snow peas from the Unsophisticook blog fits the bill. They taste good and you'll be happy to have a healthy, satisfying meal.
For those who like to focus on protein during flights, eggs are a great food that's easy to transport, as recommended by the PaleoFlourish blog. Put them in a TSA-friendly three-ounce plastic bag with some salt and pepper and you have a snack that is filling and healthy.
Snacks for Kids
You can't forget kids when you take them on your trips. Nothing is worse than being trapped in a metal tube flying 40,000 feet off the ground with no food and your child is hungry. The Trips With Tykes blog has 40 ideas for mostly healthy snacks, including raisins/craisins, Babybel cheese, granola bars and pita chips. It also offers kid-friendly treats such as gummi bears, rice crispy treats, and marshmallows.
Travelers can get hungry on longer flights, so if you're hoping to save money while staving off hunger pains, it's important to pack meals that really satisfy all your needs on the go. Fortunately, the Kitchn blog recommends easy-to-carry turkey wraps with a honey mustard dip to stave off hunger.
Considered one of Kitchn's "20 Best Travel Snacks and Portable Meals," these rolls are easy to make and can satisfy hunger just as long as a regular meal can!
Nori Rolls With Sticky Brown Rice
Nourishing Meals targets those who want to eat healthier while traveling. The blog offers proper packing tips and recommends foods including sugar snap peas, radishes, cucumber slices, carrot & celery sticks, smoked salmon, and dried mango.
Be sure to check out the Nourishing Meals website for all of the great recipes for on-the-go meals that provide full nutrition while satisfying those mid-flight hunger pains. We recommend the nori rolls with sticky brown rice, which contain protein, fiber, and plenty of nutrients and minerals to get you through the rest of the flight.
Almond Butter and Flax Cakes
For travelers trying to eat healthy on the road, the Food Babe blog offers a long list of items that are delicious but also nutritious. Food Babe routinely posts pins directing those flying long distances how to stay healthy while on the go.
One snack recommended is a packet of Artisana Organic Raw Almond Butter served with Suzie's Whole Grain Spelt And Flax Thin Cakes, though this doesn't require any prep, you should be aware that airline regulations consider almond butter to be a cream or liquid and must, therefore, fit within a three-ounce container to pass through security.
Protein Trail Mix
According to the Joy Bauer blog, "A well-timed, protein-pack snack" can be a solution to the mid-afternoon or mid-flight slump many passengers feel while traveling by plane. Other options for these light snacks to wake up the brain include one or two pieces of string cheese, a serving of turkey jerk, one or two hard-boiled eggs, or the protein-based trail mix listed above.
Pumpkin Spice Granola with Dried Cranberries
Good granola is one of the best travel foods because it's portable, easy to make, healthy, and doesn't violate any airline regulations on traveling with liquids or foods. A pin from the Table For Two blog is a tasty granola that features pumpkin spice, making it especially delightful for those traveling in the fall.
Ingredients for this delightful recipe come down to personal preferences on the base oats and nuts, but the addition of pumpkin spice really seals the deal for this delectable treat. Be sure to make enough for your travels there and back—this stuff keeps for a long time if the ziplock bag you store it in stays sealed.
Snacks to Stay Healthy When Flying
The Diet Blog offers 10 great healthy snack ideas, including kale chips, protein bars, and single packs of almond peanut butter, while the Jessica Mae blog offers some great snacks, including oranges, hummus and baby carrots, boiled eggs, and chocolate.
One of the tips offered in a Fitbottomed Girls pin suggests bringing pre-measured snacks like nuts and fruits on your next trip. They're great to stave off hunger pangs and avoiding the salty pretzels and peanuts (if you're lucky) the airline is serving. Another way to ensure healthiness of in-flight meals is to bring only healthy snacks, like Philly.com's dietician Lindsey Kane suggests in her article"Your Guide to Healthy Eating on the Fly," where she suggests Suzie’s Whole Grain Thin Cakes, Half Naked Popcorn, and healthy meat jerky.
The Pop Sugar Fitness blog offers recommendations for snacks under 100 calories that are perfect to pack for your next flight. They include a Horizon organic mozzarella cheese stick, three cups of air-popped popcorn, Eight Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Chips, one small banana, and five Triscuits.