I was rushing, starved, had to grab something from the place with the shortest line...it was a burger and fries :( now I'm on the plane, miserable..bloated...uncomfortable from all the sodium and fat...I know better that to eat processed fast food but I HAD NO CHOICE!!!
Sound familiar? Well, I want you to know you do have a choice!
TSA actually approves plenty of healthy snacks that will help you combat the negative effects of long flights and "airport foods" (dun dun dunnnnnnnn)!
You may be suprised at this list! Just have a look-see and get prepared to travel in [healthy] style!
Air travel is taxing enough! Enjoy your adventure and arrive without feeling more bloated and jetlagged that necessary by trying some of my favorite healthy snacks for travel!
Try This: Your own nut mix of raw delicious almonds, cashews and pumpkin seeds with bits of fresh apricot carried on safely in a small ziplock baggie.
Not That: "Trail Mix" sold at the airport loaded with salt and cheap chocolates at a price point you may gasp over!
Try This: Hummus and gluten free pretzels. TSA approves "creamy dips and spreads" to be carried on up to 3.4 oz or 100 ml. The protein in the hummus will help you feel full and satisfied while the crunch is always a snack time win!
Not That: Salty bags of chips, crackers, or dare I say it...Cheez its!
Too much salt = Bloat!
A healthy sodium intake per day is around 1200-1500 mg.
Try This: TSA allows "fresh whole fruits" yep, they do! see you do have choices!
Apples, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Figs, Clementines, a bag of washed Grapes :) etc...
Not This: Fruit Gummies. Need I explain? ok, SUGAR!!!
If you are at a loss for what restaurant to eat at inside the airport, my best advice is to pack enough small healthy snacks to tide you over. Then, enjoy a meal outside the airport at a spot that offers clean organic options where ever your adventure has taken you!
For more info, visit the TSA Website for a full list of approved carry on items at