Last Updated on February 18, 2019
We may pretend that going through airports and handling all the travel mess is an easy task, but there is one thing we may never tolerate: the plane’s food.
Anyone who’s used to travel on airplanes is actually aware of how horrible it may get so they already have snacks prepared in the day of their flight. After all, we just want to arrive at our destinations feeling refreshed and satisfied, not bloated and disgusted.
Also, there are people who are following a healthy diet that’s not supposed to be ruined because of a travel day. There is no need to worry about that because a little effort and a bit of knowledge will keep your body on track. You will still get to enjoy healthy foods and have a fun dining experience, even if you are high up in the sky.
Pack your own snacks
Comparing to the foods you usually eat, the plane meals are saltier due to the numbing effect of the height on your taste buds. So if you took salted nuts or any snack that’s filled with salt, then your system will be overloaded with sodium, therefore, you will be extremely bloated.
It is best if you take salt-free snacks like energy balls or fruits.
Take fresh vegetables
Eating at the plane is not really a bad choice, especially if they offered salads. However, you will be filling your body with oily dressings more than fresh vegetables. In order to not ruin your diet and to keep your body ready for your destination, pack a small zip-lock bag of fresh carrots or red pepper.
Go for the white wine
Most people prefer to drink red wine over any other alcoholic beverage, but in this case, it is best to drink white wine. The red ones are full-bodied and way heavier, which will make it go straight to your head since you will be drinking it in a pressurized environment.
Don’t hesitate to bring your own seasoning
Everything will taste different in the sky due to the heating process, so you will not be able to taste things as it is supposed to. So don’t be shy to pack a mini bottle with garlic and pepper seasoning, or a hot sauce bottle to make the mashed potatoes tastier and the salads yummier.
Keep a close eye on what you eat
When we are watching a great film on the plane, we start snacking without realizing how much exactly we are consuming. Plus, munching on pretzels is one of the greatest ways to kill time. But you still have to pay attention to what you are eating, especially that the food is served to you according to the flight time, and not when you usually eat.
Being up in the sky affect our ability to smell and taste drastically. We may even need evaporating nasal mucus to smell things appropriately. But the king of all odors in the air is curry; it just smells super good. This is one of the spices that become more intense, while other ingredients lose their intensity completely.
Jazz up your drinks
Getting drunk on an airplane could be very fun, especially if you are going on a vacation. But according to experts, being drunk during a flight is not really good for your body. However, you don’t have to cut it off completely or not have fun with it. Just make sure to pack a few slices of lime for your vodka or G&T drinks.
Avoid gloopy sauces
According to Sarah Wilson, a sugar expert, gloopy sauces are not a good idea because they are full of sugar. It may cause your blood sugar to increase, which will leave you hungry all the time. Plus, it will mess your metabolism around.
But in general, if you are eating in strange schedules, then you have to avoid anything that will get in the way of your digestive system.
Bring your own carbs
Most carbs served on the planes are bread, white rice or pasta. They are all heavy and refined, which may lead your blood sugar to increase and make you feel bloated. So why not bring your own carbs?
You can bring brown rice or noodles. Just ask the flight attendant for hot water and enjoy eating it. It will taste better anyway!
Take your own tea bags
Teabags don’t take a lot of space, and also, they will make all the difference needed for a better flight. Just take your favorite green tea and peppermint tea (it helps with digestive issues). There are many airlines that are great at stocking herbal teas, especially on the planes that are heading to Asia, so try to not miss such opportunity.