Healthy food for short haul flights

Healthy food for short haul flights
Trying to eat healthily and stay nourished whilst travelling can be a tricky business, so we asked healthy chef Hayley North to share her tips  about eating and drinking healthily on short haul flights.

Though the impact of a short flight is much less than a long haul, we still need to take care of ourselves when flying, whatever the distance. Fasting on your short journey would be the best solution, but if you need to eat, it’s best to avoid what airlines serve and bring your own food. You can buy some great packaging now such as the clip top food safe tupperware that’s light in your luggage. Generally it is fine to travel with your own food on aeroplanes, but it is always best to double check. Do not take any wet foods such as porridge, smoothies or yogurt as you will not get them through check-in. If it is not possible to take your own food and you must eat at the airport, then try and find an outlet such as Pret or Eat which stock relatively healthy options.

  •  Healthy Tips:

* Have a substantial and balanced meal before you start your journey

* Drink plenty of water, and take a lemon or some spirulina with you to give it a healthy boost if possible

* Re-orientate yourself on arrival with a grounding meal in your new destination

  •  Grab & Take:

* Nuts and seeds

* Humous and crudités or seed crackers

* Energy balls

* Fresh fruit

  •  Make: Energy Balls – Sunshine Coconut Bonbons


The quantities here are approximate – feel free to play and experiment with ingredients.

– Large handful of almonds and sunflower seeds

– Small handful of dried coconut flakes

– Zest and juice of 1 small lemon & orange

– 1 tablespoon honey

– 1 tsp turmeric powder

– 1 tablespoon of bee pollen


– In a food processor grind the almond and sunflower seeds to a rough powder

– Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor and blend together

– Squeeze between your fingers to see if the mix sticks. If it is too dry, add a little melted coconut oil to bind

– Roll into balls of your preferred size

– Roll in dessicated coconut

– Refrigerate in an airtight container and they should keep well for at least a month. You could also freeze them.

Further reading

It makes sense to eat healthily on the way to and from your wellbeing retreat or healthy holiday, but more often than not – whichever country you live in – the food available on aeroplanes, in airports, at train stations, in motorway service stations or on the high street is industrially produced, highly processed and lacking in any source of nutrition. Even the ‘healthy’ options you can buy are often full of refined sugars, salts and hydrogenated fats, not to mention mass produced and lifeless. So what’s the best thing to do? Health chef Hayley North says it’s best to take your own food if you can. Read her healthy eating tips for road trips and for long haul flights in our Journal.

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