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April 16, 2018 1:01 pm
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Airport and plane food are notoriously awful. While it’s gotten easier than it used to be to find healthy options but it’s still not easy. A day or two here or there won’t have a huge impact on your overall healthy eating routine, but when travel is a frequent part of your life, it can feel like you have no routine.

When you regularly miss out on healthy balanced, meals and snacks, your energy drops, and you may even find it harder to concentrate — all major problems if you were planning on catching up on work at 30,000 feet or want to be “on” when you get off the plane and head to a meeting, speaking engagement or another setting where you want to present the best version of yourself. Here’s what to eat to stay on track: 

Have A Plan

Take a few minutes before your trip to think through how long you’ll be traveling and what meals and snacks you may be at the airport or on the plane for. What can you buy there? What should you bring? Many airport and airline websites list information about food vendors and foods available for purchase in the air so those can help.

Because our energy levels are linked to blood sugar management, aim for a balance of protein, healthy fat, and complex carbs to help support slower, more stable blood glucose levels so you don’t experience sugar rushes and energy crashes. One way to get organized without overthinking is to plan to cover your food group bases. Try these easy-to-pack options.

Jessica Cording Nutrition

The combination of healthy fat, protein, and fiber in pumpkin seeds make them an ideal snack when you need to stay energized and focused.


  • Nuts and seeds
  • Individual packets of nut and seed butters
  • A minimally processed bar made from nuts, seeds, and dried fruit
  • Dry-roasted edamame or chickpeas
  • Jerky made from turkey, beef, chicken or fish or a vegetarian alternative
  • Protein powder you can shake up with water. Individual serving packs are probably easiest so you don’t have to explain any mysterious powders in your carry-on to Security.

Jessica Cording Nutrition

Sliced vegetables travel well and make a healthy snack.


  • Fresh veggies like cherry tomato, celery, blanched broccoli or cauliflower and baby carrots hold up pretty well if you need to carry them around for a few hours. You can also try sliced bell pepper, cucumber or zucchini. Enjoy on their own or with a side of hummus or guacamole.
  • Freeze-dried veggies provide a satisfying crunch along with filling fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Scope out ingredients labels — Ideally, you just want the veggies and maybe a little oil or sea salt.
  • Green juice powder wouldn’t be my go-to recommendation for getting your greens in most of the time, but on a travel day when fresh vegetables may not be plentiful, this is a great back-up. Just shake it up in a water bottle and enjoy when you need it.
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