How to Eat Healthy in Airports

A few years ago, I decided that instead of making monumental, hard-to-keep New Year’s resolutions, I would instead make easy-to-do and super simple ones that would still result in self- or life-improvement.  One such resolution that I’ve made is to eat absolutely nothing sold at the airport or served on the plane, except for fresh fruit.

This small resolution has been one of the best things I have done for myself in terms of travel.  Not only am I able to save money by avoiding overpriced airport food, this also ensures that I arrive at my destination feeling a bit hungry.  And this is a good thing, because when I finally treat myself to something delicious in some new city, healthy or not, it will be absolutely worth it!


Sometimes it’s not so easy to survive on fruit and water, so whenever my flight schedule falls on lunch or dinner time, or for any trip longer than 2 hours, I pack a small feast in my handcarry.

Here are some of my favorite airport/airplane baon ideas:

Homemade Granola Bars.  I wrap each bar in wax paper or cling wrap, and store them in ziploc bags.  Get the recipe here.

Avo Butter and Crackers.  Avo butter is simply smashed haas avocados with EVOO and sea salt.  I keep it in a small plastic container and enjoy it with whole wheat toast and crackers.  The herbed brown rice and quinoa crackers by Mary’s Gone Crackers are my favorite!

Egg and Crackers.  Pretty much the same thing as avo butter and crackers, except I pack mashed hardboiled eggs.

Hummus and Carrot Sticks.  I often pack homemade hummus with my carrot sticks, but for a special treat, I love Real Girl Toy Kitchen’s chipotle hummus!

Roasted Chickpeas.  I pack these in small ziploc bags so I can munch on them instead of chips.  Here’s how to make your own.

Salad Stop Salads.  They come packed in disposable plastic bowls with fitted lids that hold up really well in my handcarry!  I ask for the dressing on the side, so my salad doesn’t get soggy.  Oh Crab Lah is my favorite! — I just ask for chickpeas or cranberries instead of read onions, so I don’t have onion breath on the plane.  And of course, you can also make your own salad!

Fresh Chinese Lumpiang Gulay.  Lumpia is one of my favorite Chinese delicacies,  and they hold up pretty well when you wrap them individually with cling wrap and pack them in disposable food containers.

Skinny Monkey Muffins by The Little Spatula. These babies are 100% whole grain, low sugar, flourless, dairy-free, butter-free, and delicious!  I wrap the muffins individually in cling wrap.

Bliss Balls by The Little Spatula These are so good for on-the-go snacking, from airport to airplane, and even after you’ve arrived at your destination!  They are made with nuts, shredded coconut, unsweetened cocoa, and medjool dates.  Super healthy.

Bananas.  Whenever you’re in a rush, bananas are the perfect on-the-go food.  Simply stash them in your bag, no special packaging required!

Would you pack your own food for the airport or plane ride?  What healthy eats would you recommend?  I’d love to know.

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