OK, we must admit plane food isn’t always appetizing nor is it typically all healthy. You usually are found throwing out the cookies and the pretzels from the snack pack in order to make it healthy. Smart Meetings released “The Healthiest Airline Menu Options” in their January issue. It seems in some of the cases, lower airfare means lesser quality food. Southwest Airlines, known for their $59 one-way deals fell last in the line-up with nuts as the healthiest option. And, if they have salt – that definitely doesn’t make them healthy.
We’ve listed 5 Smart Snacks that will make their way through TSA without a hiccup. Our intentions are healthy and practical:
- Luna, Lara or any high fiber bar – Protein is a huge plus too, but any all-natural bar high in fiber will hold you over on the flight. Avoid bars high in sugar (>17 grams of sugar) to satisfy your hunger cravings. Slip it in your carry-on and you’re all set to go!
- Almonds – Bring a baggie of almonds or the can. Enjoy or share with your neighbor; make sure you choose unsalted.
- Apples and bananas – Fruit is allowed but if it’s been opened such as a grapefruit, it needs to be wrapped. Like peanut butter or hummus with your fruit? Better follow the 3 oz rule, TSA considers all spreads a liquid.
- Celery, cucumbers and broccoli – Full of fiber and water, eat as many veggies as you’d like without ever reaching for your wallet to buy a snack.
- Customized trail mix – Easy to snack on and customizable, we give this snack 5-stars. Combine dried fruits, unsalted nuts and maybe some semi-sweetened dark chocolate chips.
Smart snacks keep you full. However, if you’re thinking greek yogurts and cottage cheese, remember it must be 3 oz or it won’t make it past the TSA lines. What’s your favorite snack to travel with?