13 Nutritious and Filling Snacks to Pack for Your Next Plane Ride
Grab these before your next flight to satisfy any hunger pangs before you get to your destination.
It’s easy to break your healthy habits while traveling, especially if a hunger pang hits while your only options are in-flight snacks and sugar-ladened cookies handed out by a crew member. But, there is a way out: Pack something for yourself instead. After all, the average flyer in Britain consumes 3,400 calories between checking in at the airport and arriving at their destination. However, this glut can be easily avoided. Here are 13 nutritious and filling snacks to pack for your next trip to avoid unsatisfying sweets and arriving totally ravenous.
Cascadian Farm Organic Dark Chocolate Chip Chewy Granola Bar
Cascadian Farm’s Organic Dark Chocolate Chip Chewy Granola Bars literally have it all—the filling effect of 11 grams of whole grain, the sweet flavor of fair-trade chocolate, and the goodness of organic whole grain oats and crispy rice. Each box comes with 10 delicious bars so you can either feed your entire family on your next getaway or treat the entire first class cabin to a snack.
To buy: $5 for one box; amazon.com.
Mavuno Harvest Direct Trade Organic Dried Fruit Variety Pack
Dried fruit is perhaps one of the easiest food items to transport from airport to destination. Mavuno Harvest Direct Trade Organic Dried Fruit Variety Pack comes with three delicious flavors including mango, pineapple, and jackfruit, but it’s better for what it doesn’t include: added sugar. And that means no spikes in blood sugar mid-flight. The snacks are also gluten-free and high in fiber, meaning they are filling and healthy for every member of your family.
To buy: $14 for a 3-pack; amazon.com.
Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzels Variety 100-Calorie Pack
Pretzels used to be an old favorite for airlines, but with fewer and fewer snacks being handed out onboard flights, it may be best to bring your own. For a quick energy pick-me-up, go for Snyder's of Hanover Pretzels, which come in snaps, mini, and sticks. And, because each bag only clocks in at 100 calories, you can pack more than one per flight.
To buy: $30 for a 22-pack; amazon.com.
Skinny Pop Popcorn 100-Calorie Variety Pack
What’s better than boarding a plane, sitting back, relaxing, and throwing on the latest movie? Answer: Nothing. But, you can make it an even better movie-viewing experience with some Skinny Pop Popcorn. Pick up a variety pack so you can choose from original or white cheddar flavors. Then, all you need to do is pick out a movie that won’t make you cry on a plane.
To buy: $14 for a 10-pack; amazon.com.
Rhythm Superfoods Kale Chips
Kale is already an amazing superfood, but when you add just a dash of flavor to it, it becomes a tasty little snack as well. Rhythm Superfoods Kale Chips come in a variety of flavors including Zesty Nacho and Cool Ranch, both of which will satisfy your salt cravings and give you an antioxidant boost at the same time.
Buy it: $2 for a 4-pack1; amazon.com.
Country Archer Beef Jerky
If you’re on the Paleo diet or are just looking to add more protein into your travel routine, pick up a pack of Country Archer Beef Jerky. Each serving comes is just 70 calories but packs 11 grams of protein that will keep you full even on long-haul flights.
To buy: $23 for a 16-oz pack; amazon.com.
Justin’s Maple Almond Butter
Packing a jar of almond butter is a bit unrealistic, but thankfully, Justin's Maple Almond Butter comes in easy-to-transport packets. And, at just the right serving amount (and with just two ingredients), they’re ideal for plane travel. Pack a fresh apple, some crackers, or just eat it as is for a quick snack.
To buy: $11 for a box of 10; amazon.com.
365 Organic Apple Sauce
If you’ve got little ones traveling with you or you just happen to love apple sauce yourself, Whole Foods’s 365 Everyday Value apple sauce is an excellent choice. Each tiny tub is just the right size to make it through airport security. And with no added sugars, it’s the ideal pre-packaged snack for on-the-go people of all ages.
To buy: $4 for a 6-pack; amazon.com.
UNREAL Dark Chocolate Crispy Quinoa Gems
Sometimes you just want to feel like you’re eating something naughty. And with UNREAL Dark Chocolate Crispy Quinoa Gems, you can get the best of both worlds. It’s naughty thanks to its chocolate coating, but not too naughty thanks to its crispy quinoa center. So go ahead, live a little on your next flight.
Ti buy: $30 for a 5-oz bag; amazon.com.
Dang Toasted Coconut Chips
Dang Coconut Chips are the perfect snack for anyone on the keto or Paleo diets. The chips are gluten- and dairy-free but come with plenty of flavor, fiber, and healthy fats to keep you fuller longer.
To buy: $15 for a 2-pack; amazon.com.
GoGo Dipperz Hummus and Pita
Again coming in at just the right size for airport security, GoGo Dipperz hummus comes with its own tiny packet of dipping pita for a yummy mid-flight snack. And with seven grams of protein, this snack will keep you full from takeoff to landing.
To buy: $15 for a 6-pack; amazon.com.
Harvest Snaps Pea Snacks
If you’re looking for a chip or cracker alternative Harvest Snaps are it. Made from lightly salted and baked snap peas you’ll never believe what you’re eating is healthy for you because it just tastes too good. Maybe pick up a second bag to share with your seatmate.
To buy: $30 for 12 packs; amazon.com.
Oloves Natural Pitted Olives Variety Pack
Olives are a wildly underrated snack. Before your next journey, pick up a variety pack of Oloves Natural Pitted Olives, which come in four distinct flavors: Basil and Garlic, Chili and Oregano, Lemon and Rosemary, and Black Olive Chili and Garlic. And, at just 50 calories per pack, it’s a snack you don’t have to feel guilty about.
To buy: $25 for a 24-pack; amazon.com.