Healthy Travels

Spring Break is on the horizon, and for many of us, that means it is time for travel.  Of course you should remember to pack the essentials, but the last thing you want to forget is food!  There’s nothing worse than sitting on a plane or cruising down the highway during your ten hour road trip and all of a sudden hearing your stomach grumble.

Whether you have packed your bags for a cross-country road trip or are ready to hop on a plane to escape to a tropical destination, here are a few healthy and delicious car and plane approved snacks!

For the Road

  • Popcorn – if you are in the mood for something crunchy, popcorn is a great healthy, whole-grain alternative to chips or pretzels.
  • Hummus and fresh veggies – with all of the flavorful varieties of hummus out there, eating veggies will never be boring again!
  • Fresh fruit – fruit is durable and portable and provides you with the perfect amount of natural sweetness right when you feel your energy levels drop.
  • String cheese – these portion-controlled snacks are not just for kids!  They are excellent for travel and the protein helps to keep you full for longer.

For the Air

Packing snacks for the plane might be a little more tricky than the road considering all of the restrictions on liquids that have been implemented, but with a little prior planning, you’ll be good to go!

  • Instant oatmeal packets – if you have an early morning flight and don’t want to pay for overpriced airport food, pack an instant oatmeal packet into your carry-on and simply ask the flight attendant for hot water to prepare it once you’re on board.
  • Homemade trail mix – store-bought trail mix often contains extra sugary ingreidents, like candy coated chocolate, but making your own is as easy as combining several varieties of nuts for crunch and dried fruit for natural sweetness.
  • Nut butter packets – nut butters are a great source of protein, which keeps you full longer, and individualized packets are very convenient  for traveling.

Michelle Chen is a sophomore at Cornell University majoring in Nutritional Sciences with a concentration in Dietetics.  She plans to enter the field of medicine.

Photo Cred: Belen Rediet


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