When it comes to travel and healthy food options, often the two don’t go hand-in-hand, especially given the limited choices available in an airport that are either overpriced or loaded with sugar, fat and calories. And let’s not forget the unhealthy food choices on the actual flight itself.
The best way to avoid sabotaging your diet is to save time and money by bringing your own healthy travel snacks for the plane and airport. You can do this by planning ahead of time without spending hours in the kitchen the night before. Preparing easy snacks takes about an hour, which means, you can do this on the same morning that you’re leaving.
Packing your own healthy travel snacks will also help you resist the temptation and help you stay on track with your diet. They key is to focus on protein snacks that will help you stay energized and keep those hunger pangs at bay.
Protein is an essential macronutrient that supports several structures in your body and many people rely on protein supplements to get their recommended daily amount. It is also an essential nutrient needed for muscle growth and repair.
Grains, nuts, seeds and legumes are quality sources of protein to include in a healthy diet. Sunflower seeds provide 6 g of the macronutrient in a just quarter-cup serving (or a small child’s handful). Combine seeds with nuts and dried fruit in a trail mix for snacking. Almonds and cashews provide a healthy source of protein with approximately 8 g and 5 g per a quarter-cup serving.
Healthy Vegan Snacks For The Plane
- Fresh fruit (Apples, bananas, grapes, cherries, berries)
- Cut up veggies (Broccoli florets, cauliflower florets, snap peas, celery sticks)
- Rice cakes (plain)
- Seeds (pumpkin, sunflower etc.)
- Dry quinoa flakes in a cup (add hot water in-flight)
- Trail Mix
- Nut butter packets
- Unsweetened non-dairy yogurt
- Home-made hummus or guacamole
- Almond butter stuffed dates
- Air-popped popcorn (plain)
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