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Let's just be honest. It's so easy to go off track with staying healthy when you're traveling. I do it all the time (ahem, BBQ tour in Kansas City), though I'm getting much better about doing it in moderation (and truth be told, the older I get, the more I'm affected by unhealthy choices).
I love food. And of course I want to splurge when I'm away from my normal, everyday life. I want to have the Chicago style pizza when I'm in Chicago, and I'm still on the hunt for the best cheesesteak when when I'm in Philly. And I don't believe that I should feel bad about those indulgences, but I've managed to bring more balance into what I eat. For example, if I know I'm having Chicago-style pizza for dinner than maybe I have an egg white omelette and fresh fruit for breakfast.
However, I find that the best way to kick off making healthy decisions on your next trip is to start at the beginning and start small - eat healthy on the plane. Because maybe you can justify that splurge on vacation, but do you really need to buy that Cheetos snack and bring it on the plane? I mean, technically you can get Cheetos anytime and they're not special. And plane food? Ugh. I've had some very okay meals, and you do need the food for fuel when you're on a long flight, so I recommend to just order the healthiest option (or request the vegetarian meal ahead of time) and make the best of it.
But the snacks? That's where you come in. The decision to fuel your body with healthy snacks on the plane is entirely up to you. And bonus - when you pack a few of your favorite go-to's before boarding the plane you'll save a lot of money as well. Here is a list of my 5 go-to snacks to have on the plane that are easy to throw together and healthy:
Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries - it's an easy mix to throw together in a small Tupperware bowl for the plane. And if berries aren't your thing then you can of course bring an apple, a banana, or a small container of cut up pineapple (which you could mix in with your berries if you wanted but I'm a bit strange I suppose and don't want the rest of my food tasting like pineapple, so I keep it separate).
Mixed Veggies (and almond butter)
Peppers, carrots, snap peas, cucumbers, celery, green onion, cauliflower, broccoli, olives - the list is endless when it comes to mixed veggies combinations you can cut up, throw in a Ziplock bag or Tupperware bowl, and head to the airport. Plus, the price you pay to buy your favorite veggies at a local famers market or grocery store and cut up will be so much cheaper than anything you'd find in an airport. And bonus - if you need a little more excitement in your snacks than Justin's makes great to-go almond butter pouches you can stash to spice up your mixed veggies (and money saving tip - Amazon sells a pack of 10 for $6.90 which is WAY cheaper than I've been able to find in-store).
Mini Pinwheel Wraps
Are you feeling fancy? Or rather just super hungry? Like you have that flight that goes from 10:30am to 1:30pm and you realize that they're not serving lunch? Go just a little fancier and make some mini pinwheel wraps to fuel you through that flight. Simply grab a tortilla and fill it with your favorite things. Maybe you're a simple turkey, lettuce, tomato and mayo person, or you want to go with hummus and all veggie, or spice it up with guac, corn, peppers and onions - the combinations are endless. Roll your tortilla up, then cut it into 1-2" bites, place them in a small Tupperware container and you have a nice little make-shift meal! Depending on your mix, be aware that you don't want the wraps to sit for a long time before eating them.
Pro-tip: If you have the time before you leave for the flight throw your rolled wrap into the fridge before you cut it up for an hour or so to chill it a bit. When you cut it up it will stay together easier after chilling, but if time isn't in the cards for you you can use toothpicks to secure any lose wraps.
Mixed nuts can be a bit more expensive than cutting up your own fruit and veggies, but they're such a great source of protein, will keep you full, and don't take up a lot of room in your carry on. I even love to get the Annie's Organic Bunnies (white cheddar!) and throw in a handful of those to my mixed nuts to spice it up, but you can add any other healthy sides if you need a little more than just the nut mixture.
Okay, so the last item isn't homemade, but it's a quick, easy, and healthy snack you can buy and through in your carry-on - RxBar. I get that life doesn't always lend itself to making perfect homemade snacks, so a healthy protein bar is a great and easy alternative to grab. I love RxBars because they're clean (I mean, they fit their ingredients right on the front of the package) and they taste great. If you've had RxBars and they're not your thing then I'm also a big fan of KIND Bars (and PS - the variety pack of 15 is only $9.42 on Amazon which is a STEAL!)
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE GO-TO HEALTHY SNACKS FOR THE PLANE?