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In today’s post, DIY Healthy Air Travel Snacks, I will show you how you can stick with your healthy lifestyle while traveling. These tips will make not only your tummy happy but your wallet too!
It’s January and as you know, many people find themselves making strides toward a healthier lifestyle. Maybe they overdid it during the holidays or maybe they’ve been overdoing it a little longer than that. I was thinking of ways that a traveler can integrate healthy habits into their travels. A few things came to mind and one I’m sharing with you today is DIY Healthy Air Travel Snacks.
As you know, travel is not exactly diet friendly. When visiting new places you should definitely splurge on local culinary cuisine. Air travel can be one of the most difficult parts of traveling and sticking to your healthy lifestyle. The airports are filled with restaurants and fast food where healthy options are few. The cost of everything is another headache.
When you’re in the airplane the options just get worse. If you get a snack, it usually isn’t very healthy. My last flight involved cookies. Although tasty, it definitely doesn’t fall under the healthy category. They’re not what I would consider a filling snack, either.
I know when preparing for a trip things can already be hectic, but with a little planning you can bring your own delicious and healthy snacks. These snacks will not only keep those hunger pains away, but they’re definitely easy on your bank account, too!
Let’s talk about liquids and the TSA Checkpoint. As most experienced air travelers know, you can’t carry on more than 3.4 oz of each liquid and they all have to fit into a 1 quart plastic bag. Food items are included in this.
What you might not know is that nut butters are considered a liquid. So keep that in mind if you want to bring some peanut butter along to go with one of your snack items. Soft cheeses, hummus, and yogurt fall in that category, too.
When it comes to drinks, you can buy bottled water when you get past security. If you want to save some money, bring an empty reusable water bottle and fill it up at one of the water fountains. Also, if you love hot tea, bring some tea bags with you for the airplane. The airline might not have a particular blend that you like.
One more thing to keep in mind is that if your salad or fruit needs to be chilled you can bring an ice pack to keep it cool. Just make sure that it will stay solid long enough until after you get past the TSA checkpoint. If it’s melted they will confiscate it.
Here are some great healthy snack options to bring aboard your next flight.
Dried fruits are great since they don’t take up much room and don’t need to be refrigerated. Try apricots, bananas, or blueberries. Trader Joe’s is a great place to pick up some dried fruit. They have a great variety at a great price. If you’re taking a red-eye flight,
Bananas, apples, and pears are great options since they can be easily transported and not very messy.
Cut Up Fruit or Fruit Salad
If you’ve got the space for a small lunchbox, then bring along some melon, grapes, or pineapple.
Nuts are full of healthy fat and very filling! Almonds, walnuts, and cashews are some of my
You can never go wrong with carrot and celery sticks! I love this classic snack and it’s even better with a little peanut butter or hummus in the mix!
Protein, Granola, Nut or Fiber Bars
You do have to watch the sugar content with these which is why I don’t eat them very often. They are great for travel and I’m particularly fond of Trader Joe’s Nut Bars when I’m in the mood for something like this.
Wraps, Sandwiches, or Salads
If you’re looking at a long flight or layover and need something a little more fortifying, then you may want to bring along one of these options. Just remember the 3-1-1 liquid rules for the salad dressings.
Now don’t those options sound much more appetizing than a stale donut from an airport vendor? Plus you never know when a flight runs late. You may not have enough time to grab a bite in between flights. So it’s always a good idea to have some type of snack on hand just for those situations!
I hope the snacks from this list will help keep you on track with your health and fitness goals the next time you’re up in the air!
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