5 Best Healthy Airplane Travel Snack Ideas


Eat these on the go snacks

On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, Jessica and I share our 5 best healthy airplane travel snack ideas, as well as why you shouldn’t freak out over it.

This is another great episode from our #WayBackWednesday series, where we highlight the best questions from previous episodes of our #AskLiveLeanTV Q&A show.

This question is from #AskLiveLeanTV Ep. 002.

8 Best Healthy Airplane Travel Snack Ideas

@FemkePointl on Twitter asks: what are the best healthy airplane travel snack ideas when traveling by plane for 24 hours? Also what are good options for food at airports?

This is a great question that we get asked all the time.

When Jessica works with our 1-on-1 online coaching clients, she has them send her pictures of what snacks they are bringing on the airplane.

We also often post photos of the healthy airplane travel snacks that we eat on our @LiveLeanTV Instagram stories.

On The Go Snacks From Grocery Store

Usually these on the go snacks are not going to be the highest protein foods, as they are not the easiest foods to travel with.

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You could bring a cooked chicken breast in a plastic storage bag or container, however it’s not the most convenient option.

Here are the 5 best healthy airplane travel snack ideas that we usually recommend.

5 best healthy airplane travel snack ideas

#1. Carrot sticks

8 Best Healthy Airplane Travel Snack Ideas

#2. Celery

8 Best Healthy Airplane Travel Snack Ideas

#3. Apples

8 Best Healthy Airplane Travel Snack Ideas

We love snacking on fruits like apples or any other fruit that doesn’t have a peel.

This means they are easy to just grab and eat.

#4. Nuts

8 Best Healthy Airplane Travel Snack Ideas

Nuts are also great for traveling as they don’t have a bad odor and they don’t go bad.

Simply add dry raw nuts to a plastic storage bag and enjoy.

#5. Beef jerky

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If you’re looking for a healthier protein idea at the airport, beef jerky is a decent protein source.

Just make sure you buy the healthy beef jerky.

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We did a Food Wars episode on how to find the healthiest Beef Jerky here.

Other healthy airplane travel snack ideas

Protein powder

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You can also add protein powder to a plastic bag and add it to your water bottle on the airplane.

I’ve traveled with protein powder in a plastic bag plenty of times, and have never been questioned by TSA.

Homemade cookies and macaroons

Another snack idea is to prepare your own healthy baked goods such as macadamia nut bites, coconut cacao chip macaroons, and chocolate coconut date bites.

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Here is a step-by-step cooking recipe video for all of these quick and healthy snack ideas.

Homemade protein bars

Sure you can buy a protein bar at the grocery store or airport, but they may not be the healthiest option.

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Why packing and eating a chicken breast on an airplane is not needed

If you asked other fitness coaches for their best healthy airplane travel snack ideas, many of them would probably recommend you bring a cooked chicken breast in a cooler or in Tupperware with some ice.

On The Go Healthy High Protein Snack Idea

Sure this is definitely a healthy snack option, however it is not a requirement.

This is where our Live Lean philosophy differentiates ourselves from that segment of the fitness industry.

We are different because we teach people how to Live Lean 365 days a year.

Our advice on fitness and nutrition is not for short-term and temporary fixes.

We make fitness and nutrition fit into your lifestyle, rather than making it your entire life.

Being at the airport is not an everyday occurance

Since you are not on an airplane every day, you can get away with eating bad food at the airport once in a while.

However, if you are one of the few people that is at the airport every day, you have to tighten it up, and focus on making better food choices.

Most fast food restaurants at the airport have healthy salad options with grilled chicken, protein smoothies, and protein bars.

In other words, although these may not be the healthiest options, they are still considered a healthy enough option, given the current situation.

Relax, you’re not going to ruin your gains

So don’t limit yourself and get all worked up over it.

It’s not the end of the world if you eat an occasional sandwich at Subway or any other fast food restaurant.

Remember, it’s just one meal.

Does this mean you need to also eat M&M’s candy and Cheetos?


That should be obvious.

Just be smart.

I hope you would know which unhealthy foods, like candy, are obviously unnecessary to eat at the airport.

However, when it comes to the best healthy airplane travel snack ideas, bring the 5 foods mentioned earlier, or grab a grilled chicken salad, a healthy protein bar, or protein smoothie at the airport.

What are the best healthy airplane travel snack ideas for short flights?

If the flight is short, a lot of times you don’t need to have any snacks on the airplane or at the airport.

Rather than snacking at the airport, simply eat a hunger crushing healthy breakfast before your flight, and then have a healthy lunch when you get to your destination.

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Bottom line on the best healthy airplane travel snack ideas

If it’s a really long flight, just pack:

  • small fruits and vegetables
  • nuts
  • beef jerky

Then relax, you’ll be fine.

We just had a few spots open up for 1-on-1 online coaching

Live Lean 1-on-1 Online Coaching

Earlier in the post, Jessica mentioned some of the work she does with her 1-on-1 online coaching clients.

Over the past couple of years, Jessica hasn’t been taking on as many 1-on-1 online coaching clients because, as a mom of 2, she doesn’t have as much time for coaching calls.

However, to fill the demand, we’ve brought on Live Lean coach Jeremy, who we fully trust and love.

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Jeremy has been working with us for the past 3 years, and has done an incredible job with our 1-on-1 Live Lean coaching clients.

If you are interested in 1-on-1 online coaching, Jeremy does have a few spots available for you, right now.

So if you want to get started with Live Lean 1-on-1 custom coaching, and get a customized nutrition plan, with calorie and macronutrient goals, workouts, and motivation, we’re ready to hook you up with Live Lean coach Jeremy.

All you have to do is click here and we can get you started right away.

Trust us, coaching is an investment that you will never regret, as you’ll learn so much about your Live Lean journey, and accelerate your progress and results.

This will be just one of those things that you’re so glad you did.

If you’re interested we can make that happen.

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