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Travel Tip: Healthy Travel Snack Ideas

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As airport food becomes more sophisticated and varied, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s becoming healthier. For me, it’s BYO (bring your own). You save money and you eat smart when you bring your own food on a plane.

For starters make and bring your own trail mix. You can include different dried fruits, nuts, whole grain pieces of cereal and–yes–even a little bit of chocolate. But again, make sure you make it yourself, because the pre-made packs from supermarkets are often loaded with sugar and we don’t want that.

While on the plane, chances are you might be sitting next to, in front of or behind a sick person. To give your organism a higher chance of arriving to your destination without a cold, consider some freshly cut vegetables. Carrots, cherry tomatoes, red peppers, broccoli and celery are just a few options. They are all rich in vitamins to boost your immune system. Not to mention they take a lot of time to chew and will distract you from–you guessed it–more chocolate. Trust me, I need the distraction.

And here is a very smart breakfast idea for your flight. Bring your own instant oatmeal! It is something you can buy everywhere, it doesn’t take much space in your bag and is very easy to make! Once on a plane, just ask a flight attendant for hot water and a spoon. And to make it more fun, consider bringing a bag of nuts or berries to add into your oatmeal.

Healthy chips are also a thing! Just cut some zucchini into thin slices, drizzle olive oil over them and then bake in a preheated oven (375 degrees Fahrenheit) for 20 minutes. And your zucchini chips are ready to join you on board.

An almond butter sandwich contains plenty of magnesium, potassium and Vitamin E, which supports the cardiovascular system by promoting the flow of blood and oxygen. More importantly, it can help prevent varicose veins–a common disease among frequent flyers. And even more importantly, it tastes great and is easy to carry around.

At the same time, be mindful of other passengers when you pick your travel snacks. For instance, fish is a bad idea. It’s not exactly a “snack,” and it also smells. Although you want to be healthy, you don’t want people on the plane to hate you.

By Peter Greenberg for

Image Credit: Stephanie Ervin

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