There’s something about being on a plane that makes me want to eat all the pretzels, peanuts, and that bag of mysterious bag of Peanut M&M’s that somehow appeared in my purse. But I’ve learned (the hard way) that downing sodium and sugar-filled snacks on board inevitably leaves me feeling gross by the time I get to my destination, and I’d much rather save my indulgences for my actual vacation, yes? It takes a little advanced planning, but there are some really clean packaged snacks out there that are TSA and nutritionist approved, and that’ll keep me satisfied until my final destination. Here’s my go-to list:
don’t miss: I shared everything else I’m packing for my long flight right over here!
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Organic Air-Popped Popcorn
I love Lesserevil Buddah Bowl Organic Popcorn, especially the Himalayan Sea Salt flavor. One bag totally satisfies my snacking cravings – plus it has 5 grams of fiber and only 100 calories.
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These cuties are the perfect travel food – just the right amount of natural sweetness, and peeling them is a great way to beat boredom. I always pack several since I inevitably end up passing them out to people around me.
Pasture-Raised Hard Boiled Eggs
You’d be hard pressed to find a more satisfying and protein-packed snack than a hard boiled egg, and Vital Farms just rolled out their pasture raised grab-and-go version. Can you say, “game changer?”
Roasted Seaweed Snacks
These are perfect for those of us who sometimes want to snack when we’re not actually that hungry since they’re basically… air. BUT one snack-sized pack of GimMe Organic Premium Seaweed doles out a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals, plus plant-based protein and iodine. All in a 25 calorie pack. Seriously. My favorite thing is to slice up an avocado, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and roll it up in the seaweed sheet for a sushi-like snack. Kinda tricky on an airplane, but worth it.
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This is my biggest secret for staying healthy in the air – I truly believe that nothing’s better for replenishing our bodies’ lost hydration and minerals than raw, colorful veggies. I chop up carrots, celery, bell peppers, and sugar snap peas, and throw them in a ziploc with a pinch of sea salt. Sometimes I’ll bring a tiny container of ranch or hummus for dipping – just make sure it’s less than 4 ounces so it doesn’t get confiscated.
I know, I know, I used to be in the camp that thought gnawing on meat sticks sounded gross. But then I discovered all the cool smaller brands that are producing delicious, clean versions that are pretty much the easiest way to get your protein when you’re on the road. I like anything from the brand Epic – the salmon is my fave for the healthy fats and Omega-3s.
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Similar to clementines, these take a little time to crack and consume which is great for making me slow down and savor when I’m on a flight. Pistachios offer a really great source of plant-based protein and healthy fats, and the individual snack bags help keep my portions in check.