The Best Healthy Snacks to Pack for a Long Flight
Eating healthy while traveling is no easy task. If you’ve ever found yourself at an airport ordering a burger for breakfast when a cup of oatmeal is what you would normally have, you know what we mean.
And once you board the plane, it gets even more challenging. First of all, airlines (especially low-cost ones) overcharge you for pretty much every item on the food and drinks menu. And even if you don’t mind paying up for a sandwich, you can never be sure how or when it was made.
Thanks to the Internet, though, there’s a very easy (and much cheaper) solution to this problem — buy your favorite healthy snacks in bulk and grab a couple of packs from your kitchen cabinet on your way out to the airport.
Even food that is considered liquid, such as hummus or another veggie dip, is available in TSA-friendly portions (smaller than 3.4 ounces) so you can enjoy it with a pack of pita chips on board.
And if you have a sweet tooth, grab a chocolate-covered protein bar or a pack of raw coconut macaroons and, we promise, you won’t so much as glance at an airline menu ever again.
Here are 19 healthy and delicious snacks that are perfect for your next long flight.
Sahale Snacks All Natural Nut Blends Variety Pack
These non-GMO, gluten-free, U.S.-made nut blends come in a variety of delicious flavors such as Mango Tango Almond Mix, Raspberry Crumble Cashew Mix, and Honey and Sea Salt.
To buy: amazon.com, $25/12 packs
Skinny Pop Popcorn 100-calorie Variety Pack
We don’t have to tell you that this is the perfect low-calorie snack to munch on while watching a movie on board.
To buy: amazon.com, $15/10 packs
Patagonia Provisions Organic Savory Seeds
This just-released snack from Patagonia adds tons of flavor to a mixture of hemp seeds, lentils, and toasted buckwheat for a quick crunch that's gluten-free, vegan, and non-GMO project verified. We're big fans of the Classic Barbecue.
To buy: patagonia.com, $30 for a 12-count variety pack
Imperial Nuts Energy Blend Snack Packs
This healthy blend of almonds, pecans, walnuts, honey-roasted peanuts, and honey-roasted sesame sticks is filling and is a total energy-booster.
To buy: amazon.com, $26/18 packs
LivBar Nutrition Health Food Bars
Skip the unhealthy chocolate bar from the airport newsstand and opt for this high-protein, gluten-, corn-, and lactose-free bar made in Oregon from organic seeds, fruit, and spices.
To buy: amazon.com, $29/12 packs
Ultimate Healthy Bar Snacks Variety Pack Sampler
This enormous 50-pack sampler includes your favorite healthy snacks such as Kashi bars, Quaker Chewy bars, Natures Fig bars, and Fiber One bars, among many others.
To buy: amazon.com, $36/50 packs
TERRA Vegetable Chips
TERRA’s chips are made from a seasonal mix of root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, yucca, and parsnip, and a bag is only 150 calories.
To buy: amazon.com, $18/24 packs
Bare Natural Apple Chips
Made with only two ingredients (fuji apples and cinnamon), this is the healthiest bag of chips around.
To buy: amazon.com, $25/24 packs
Veggicopia Dips, Variety Pack and Stacy’s Pita Chips
Rhythm Superfoods Kale Chips
This is basically a superfood snack — it’s made from fresh kale that’s been seasoned with a blend of organic vegetables, seeds, juices, herbs, and spices.
To buy: amazon.com, $21/4 packs
Biena Roasted Chickpea Snacks
Chickpeas are rich in nutrients likes protein and fiber that promote weight loss.
To buy: amazon.com, $22/10 packs
UNREAL Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
If you have a sweet tooth, opt for these dark chocolate peanut butter cups. They have only 80 calories and five grams of sugar per cup, which compared to Reese’s 105 calories and almost 10 grams of sugar is a small price to pay to satisfy your craving.
To buy: amazon.com, $27/6 packs
Justin's Nut Butter Natural Classic Almond Butter
Almond butter is healthier than peanut butter because it has slightly more vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Squeeze it on a rice cracker or on a slice of apple and you won’t get hungry until it’s time for dinner.
To buy: amazon.com, $33/30 packs
Roasted Seaweed Snack Strips
We recommend bringing a couple of those packs with you because they are highly addictive (and thankfully low on calories).
To buy: amazon.com, $18/24 packs
Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal
While not necessarily a snack, these individual cups of oatmeal are the perfect breakfast option if you’re getting on an early flight.
To buy: amazon.com, $16/12 cups
Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame
Edamame beans are a great savory snack rich in protein.
To buy: amazon.com, $13/12 packs
Emmy's 2 oz. Lemon Ginger Macaroons
These raw, vegan, and gluten-free macaroons are equal parts sweet, spiced, and delicious.
To buy: amazon.com, $27/12 packs
Mario Camacho Brineless Pouch Olives
These green olives are the perfect match for a glass of white wine before taking a nap on board.
To buy: amazon.com, $15/12 packs
Splitz Original Crunchy Split Pea Crisp Snacks
Rich in vitamin B-1, folate, fiber, and protein, yellow split peas help decrease blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
To buy: amazon.com, $30/16 packs