Take healthy snacks and avoid airline food

If you are like me you want healthy snacks when you fly. I know that some airlines still serve food and budget flights usually sell food, but it probably is not healthy.

You can advise them about your allergies ahead of time if they will be serving a meal, but that won’t guarantee that it will be healthy.

I get migraines from sulphates, m.s.g. and chemicals in food and it is really difficult to avoid these ingredients.

Even if you don’t have allergies or the type of problems that I have it is better to know what you are going to have to eat ahead of time. 

why not take your own lunch or snacks on board

I know that the airline security is getting more particular about what you are allowed on board, but I still manage to take my healthy snacks. 

I have had a few instances where they have taken items away from me. It always mystifies me what exactly prompts this. I remember one time they took my apple and orange away because I was going to be stopping in the U.S. and I had to have a label that proved that they were U.S. origin!

I went on flights many times with and apple and an orange with no problem. It was not to the U.S. mind you. I think it all depends on your destination and your stop over’s and what colour the travel alert is. It must have been red when they pulled me into their customs and took away my apple. The funny thing is I probably would have eaten it before landing. 

They have U.S. pre-boarding customs in Canada, and you are presumed to be on U.S. soil as soon as you enter that area.

Two small healthy snack bags.Two more cute snack bags

Sometimes depending on what country that you fly out of you may be able to pick up a choice of healthy ethnic food. More airports have restaurants now that serve organic.

Even if you can go into a good bakery and get a bun and add cheese or almond butter it would probably be better than what you get on the plane. My husband picks up a subway if they have one in the airport after you go through the airport security screening.

Here are some of the things that travel well, are usually allowed and are healthy snacks

  •  crackers 
  • Cheese (an amount for your own lunch) do not forget your Lactaid if you are lactose intolerant
  • Celery sticks
  • Carrot sticks
  • walnuts, almonds
  • Sunflower seeds (no shells), pumpkin seeds
  • Dark plain high-quality chocolate (if you have a sweet tooth)
  • A multi-grain bun or gluten free
  • healthy bar
  • energy balls

Put things in little plastic bags and then into one lunch bag so that the airport screening personal can see it easily but not touch it. 

Believe me you will feel a whole lot better when you land than if you consume the food they sell on the plane

Avoid alcoholic beverages, soda pop, even a lot of juice. Drink lots of water instead. Also, be careful that you don't pick snacks with a lot of salts.

I ate salty rice chips on one flight, and my legs swelled, so be really careful about salty food.

I hope that the information that I have given will help when you go to pack your healthy snacks for your next trip. 

Maybe it will trigger some ideas for you. 

Just remember that there are certain foods they may not like you to take with you especially fruit. Make sure you are just packing enough healthy snacks for yourself and it will be consumed before you land at your destination.

If it is not gone just throw it out when the stewardess comes around before you land. That way you won’t have to deal with it at customs in a foreign country.

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