I can’t believe today’s my last day in London. It’s actually a bittersweet feeling. As amazing as the last 2 ½ weeks have been, I am kinda ready to get back into routine and of course see my friends there. As I’ll be boarding my flight in a few hours, I wanted to share a few tips on eating healthily on board. Besides tasting pretty terrible, airplane food is hardly reputable for being healthy, I don’t even want to imagine what goes into their meals, so here goes:
- Brown bag it: The same way you’d pack a lunch for work, do the same for your flight. Just remember to avoid carrying any liquids over 100 ml. I once carried an $18 of nut butter in my hand carry and unfortunately had it confiscated. Did I mention it was unopened?
- Do you research: In case you want eat before your flight (or buy a meal to enjoy on board), seek out your options beforehand. All it takes is a quick Google search to find out what restaurants/cafes are in your terminal. Just for the record, don’t expect much if you’re flying out from LAX- I wasn’t impressed at all.
- Cater to your needs: From low sodium to low cal, vegan, vegetarian, low sugar, kosher (to name a few), airlines have become more accommodating over the years. As long as you book your meal at least 24 hours in advance, chances are you will find something which suits your dietary needs. As I tend to carry a meal on the flight, I usually opt for the raw vegetable platter- if I’m going to be eating mindlessly, better that than chips.
- Board with a bottle of water to stave off the dehydrating effects of flying. Although airplanes serve water, those piddly cups last all of 2 sips.
- Guard up with snacks: Between flight delays, overly expensive airport food, and hunger striking on board, I’d rather be over-prepared than underprepared. While the choices are infinite, I usually opt for protein bars or trail mix.
How do you stay healthy on board?