Healthy Travel Snacks

Written by Erica Paredes

The problem with being on an airplane for too long, aside from the discomfort of sitting on a chair for that many hours, is the fact that you are usually served less than pleasing food on the plane with a pretty high caloric count. This does not even include the snacks they hand out as well. In order to cut down on your calories while in transit, don't eat everything on your tray and consider bringing your own snacks instead of devouring the high-carb, high-fat ones the airline serves.

Here are a few ideas of delicious and filling snack food that do well while on the move:

Roasted Chickpeas - These canned legumes are high in protein and fiber and provide a healthy snack for those who enjoy munching on chips. ¼ cup is only roughly 50 calories and will satisfy your cravings, especially when homemade and roasted with your favorite herbs and spices.

Trail Mix - If you want to know exactly what goes into your snack, make it yourself! All you need for a filling trail mix that will keep your energy up are your favorite nuts and dried fruit. Try going for the unsalted variety and dried fruit with no extra sugar. Can't think of a good combo? Try almonds, pistachios, dried apricots and strawberries.

Hard Boiled Eggs - These high protein snacks will keep you satisfied and they travel well. You can boil them and keep them in the fridge, then pack them and go.

Cheese and Crackers - A small portion of cheese is not bad for you, specially when compared to the alternatives on the plane. Pair with whole wheat crackers for a delicious snack.

Popcorn - Surprisingly low in calories and high in fiber, 2 cups of popcorn is roughly only 100 calories, and it makes you feel full for awhile. Pop a bag of plain or lightly salted popcorn, transfer to a ziplock bag and you're off! Just remember to seal it properly so it stays fresh longer.

Homemade Granola - You can buy granola, but making your own allows you to know exactly what is going into your food, and how much sugar you are consuming. It is surprisingly easy to make and all you need are rolled oats, seeds, nuts, dried fruit and some honey. Mix together, lay flat on a baking dish, pop in the oven and voila!

Apples - This sturdy fruit makes a great snack option when in transit. All you need to do is pop it on your bag and think about it only when you get hungry. You can also pack a bit of cinnamon powder for an extra treat later on.

Dark Chocolate - If you are dying for a bite of sweetness, dark chocolate is your best option. Instead of buying cookies and sweets, bring your own small bar of dark chocolate for emergencies.


Dr. Jean-Michel Cohen
is the founder of The Parisian Diet, which is about the pleasure of eating and being able to eat all types of food.

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