Ok… so this is kind of a trick, but, hey, you gotta do what you gotta do.
Paying $17 at the airport for a sadder than sad garden salad or eating something you usually don’t eat because it makes you feel like crap but you have no other options does not sound fun. And I know eating healthy when you’re traveling can be hard. But with a little thought and time, it can be done.
My number one tip is to BE PREPARED! Bring snacks. If I’m headed on a long flight (I mean, even if I’m headed on a short flight), I’m bringing snacks. I usually like to have three options:
- Fresh fruit
- Granola bars/balls
- Something savory
For the fruit, bananas always work like a champ. Apples, pears, or basically anything that is easily transportable will work well. Just remember, if you’re traveling internationally and going through customs, they might ask you to throw away the fruit.
Some sort of granola bar/ball is always great to have on hand. If you don’t feel like making them yourself, Larabars are always a good option. They have minimal ingredients and taste great. I try to stay away from any bars that have a ton of ingredients and added sugars. If you can grab a little bit of time prior to leaving and want to make them yourself, this recipe has been my absolute favorite lately. THEY.ARE.DELICIOUS. You’ve been warned.
Last, I like to bring some sort of savory cracker. Something that you can have on hand when a salt craving hits. Also, something you can have on hand when there’s hummus on the airplane and you need something to dip with. Or, if you want to get really crazy, bring an avocado and make yourself some avocado toast. I’ve been getting these gluten-free crackers from Trader Joe’s. Once you get used to the consistency, they taste good and are packed with fiber, which will help to keep everything running smoothly while you travel. There’s nothing worse than being uncomfortable and not being able to go when you’re on the go.
Sorry for that last statement. It’s the truth though.
All of these items will easily make it past security and are super transportable. Stay away from liquids or any liquid-adjacent foods like nut butter or overnight oats. There’s nothing sadder than making delicious overnight oats for yourself and having to throw them away at security. Trust me, I’ve I’ve been through it. I even asked TSA if they would enjoy them on my behalf. They didn’t. RIP overnight oats.