It’s hard to resist the temptation of splurging out on sweets and chocolate when you arrive at the shops at the airport, especially when you have little ones that you know will need some snacks on the flight.
So instead, treat yourself and the kids to some healthy but delicious snacks, that are fun to make at home and won’t break the bank.
Now this is a very American concept but it’s great for children. Trail Mix is simply a combination of snacks like raisins, chocolate chips and nuts, all thrown together in one bag.
These are so easy to make and the children can get involved themselves by adding the things they want in their bag.
Parents can regulate how many naughty treats are being put in by the little ones and can add healthy options like nuts and granola. Build each portion in a sealable bag and label to avoid any confusion when aboard the plane.
This is a great snack for both adults and children because it feels like a treat but it’s actually very healthy. This is obviously dependent on the type of popcorn but there are plenty around that have minimal sugar.
If you are worried about the amount of sugar, though, it’s easy to create your own flavour of popcorn using powder jelly packets or for savoury popcorn, just use those spices that are sat in your spice rack. Oh, and the best thing about popcorn is that it won’t add any weight to your luggage at all!
Cut up vegetables, or Crudités as they are officially known as, are the perfect healthy snack to accompany you and your family on your journey. These can be shop bought, but to save even more money just chop up the veggies yourself. This is again something to get the kids involved with, as they can choose which veggies they want and don’t want.
Similar to cutting up vegetables into small snack sized pieces, cheese cubes can also be great snacks for taking on a flight. Although cheese can have a slightly higher fat content than other snacks, the rich flavours make it a snack you can’t eat too much of. Another good thing about cheese is that there are so many different cheeses meaning you are bound to find a cheese that the little ones like.
Even if this is something you don’t have time to prepare yourself, most shops now sell mini cheese products that are easy to pack in a carry-on bag. We would recommend sticking to cheeses that don’t have pungent scents, though, as a plane is a very confined space and you don’t want to annoy fellow travellers.
Popular lifestyle blogger, Niomi Smart, has a brilliant video with a recipe for roasted chickpeas as a healthy alternative to crisps. Simply drain a can of chickpeas, then add some coconut oil and spices, and bake for about 20-30 minutes. Then allow them to cool before placing in an airtight container. Experiment with different flavours and find your favourite!
Now we don’t recommend taking peanuts on a plane due to the fact that peanut allergies have doubled over the past 5 years. However, tree nut allergies aren’t as common so almonds can be another fantastic snack for flights. Almonds can be bought dusted in cocoa and other flavourings but this could also be done at home, similar to the popcorn idea. Almonds are a very nourishing snack and they have an extensive number of health benefits.
Fruit is another healthy snack that the little ones can consume on the flight instead of those sugar-filled sweets. A good thing to do with fresh fruit is to make it easy to eat. Some fruits have a tough skin to break before getting to the flesh, or some can be messy if they haven’t been prepared, therefore, it’s a good idea to prep your fruit as much as possible before you travel.
If you are still worried about the mess that fresh fruit can cause, then dried fruit might be a better option. Be sure to check sugar levels on packets of dried fruit, though, because some brands pump in the sugar to make it taste sweeter.
Granola is a perfect snack for a plane, as it can be eaten either dry or with yoghurt. Be wary with shop bought granola and cereals, however, because some are full of artificial ingredients.
Granola is fun to make yourself and allows you to be in control of exactly what goes into it, rather, than having to pick out any pieces you don’t like!
This is a great snack to take on a flight as most shop bought packets can be made with just hot water. Also, there is a new trend for “Overnight Oats” where you add various ingredients to dry oats and leave them overnight so they become a lovely porridge.
There’s a great recipe for Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Oats on The English American’s blog here, who is a lifestyle blogger. These are great cold or hot, so will work 100% on a flight!
We hope you’ve enjoyed our handpicked selection of snacks that will keep you satisfied on your flight, but also make sure you are staying healthy.