Travel Tips March 16, 2018
Here Is Exactly What You Should And Shouldn’t Eat Before A Flight
Wondering what to eat before you get on a plane? There are definitely some snacks to avoid and some meals that will make your journey much easier. Here’s what foods you should and shouldn’t eat before a flight.
Avoid: Salty Snacks
Salty snacks can leave you dehydrated and bloated. Combine that with not being able to move around freely for hours and the dry airplane cabin air, and you’re just not going to have a good time.
And any other raw treats. Generally, you want to avoid high-risk options like uncooked meats, unusual preparations or anything way spicier than you’re used to. Food poisoning is not something you want to experience at 15,000 feet. Similarly, you don’t want to be having gastrointestinal troubles when you’re packed in with 100 strangers and the bathroom is the size of a closet.
Travel is stressful and candy is delicious. We get it. But that quick burst of energy and comfort isn’t worth a mid-air blood sugar crash, especially when you might not have easy access to additional food. Skip the gummy bears and have a piece of fiber-rich fruit if you’re really craving something sweet.
It’s dehydrating, sugar-laden and will have you jumping up and down to use the lavatory. Plus, imbibing too much before boarding can even get you kicked off your flight. If you absolutely must drink, stick to one small beer or glass of wine. Save the cocktails for the hotel bar.
Good Option: Oatmeal
Oatmeal is a wonder food. Rich in fiber, low in sugar, vegetarian and vegan appropriate, and generally tasty, this is a great option for a pre-flight meal. Even better, it’s really available in most airports from places like Starbucks or Pret a Manger. The fiber will keep your gut happy and the filling nature of oatmeal will stop you from ordering a $6 candy bar from the inflight menu. Add some fruit or nuts to round things out.
Good Option: Yogurt
Yogurt is a good option because it’s readily available in airport restaurants and convenience stores, packed with protein and totally portable. The key here is to opt for the unsweetened variety and add your own zero-calorie sweetener or fruit to make it palatable. Sweetened yogurts can easily pack as many calories as a cup of ice cream, so check those nutritional labels.
Good Option: Lean Protein
Like hard-boiled eggs, roasted or grilled chicken, hummus, turkey, etc. Good quality proteins will keep you feeling full and help you avoid blood sugar crashes.
Good Option: Homemade Snacks
Think you can’t bring food through security? Think again. As long as it’s not a liquid (no soup or smoothies), you can bring it with you. Anything you bring from home will likely be healthier and cheaper than what’s easily available in the terminal. Please note: bringing raw meat, fruits or nuts back into the U.S. from abroad can sometimes present issues at customs.
What are you favorite pre-flight snacks? Let us know in the comments. If you’re wondering how to score free food on your next flight,