Healthy Airplane Food- It IS Possible!!!

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on June 9, 2009

This is what powered me through 22 batches of PB Bars today!!


Yes that’s right! I said 22 batches!!! As you may know I am donating 500+ of my PB Bars to the race this weekend. All proceeds are going to my charity- Canadian Cancer Society!

I am obsessed with my new Amazing Grass cup!!! The large spout is incredible!


If my arms look more toned it’s because they were stirring Brown rice syrup all day!! :D Today’s workout was the 22 batches of bars- I’m telling you my arms are so sore!

I am officially obsessed with Amazing Grass products! I have oodles and oodles of energy when I drink a Green Monster with Amazing Grass!! I had two today because they are quick and effortless when I am baking in the kitchen.

food Tonight I wanted to talk about the healthy snacks that I packed for my trip- specifically for the airplane rides!

My view coming home:


I love marshmallow clouds, don’t you? :D

Since my total flight time was 4 hours (which meant I would be ‘in transit’ for about 6 hours plus) I knew I had to pack lots of healthy and energy dense foods!

I packed a baggy of tiny Peanut Butter Granola Bars!


A Sprouted grain wrap with 1/2 an avocado:


Folded in half and put in a zip-lock!


A Dried Fruit bar:


A Red Delicious apple, complete with a paper towel and a ziplock bag. This is my BEST trick for ‘messy’ foods. After I am done eating the apple, I have a towel to wipe my hands and thn I simply throw the core into the ziplock bag and zip it closed. No mess, no odour!! :D


So what did I eat and when did I eat it?

  • I ate the Fruit bar and the avocado wrap when I was at my gate waiting to board the plane. This was a ‘mini dinner’ around 4:15pm.
  • Approx: 6pm: I had all of the PB granola ‘bites’ (which equaled 2 bars) about 1 hour into my flight, after studying for my nutrition exam
  • 9pm: I had my red delicious apple for my ‘evening snack’ after I was done blogging this morning’s post! I watched some TLC and had my juicy apple!

Throughout the entire 4 hour flight I drank just over 500 ml of water (2 cups) and I had 1 cup of decaf green tea.

It was the perfect flight- food and drink wise! I felt energized but not weighed down and I had no indigestion! I also made sure to take all of my vitamins regularly while on my vacation. I also took a reader’s suggestion to try a digestive aid (Kyolic brand) and I do think it helped me! My stomach hasn’t felt this good in a LONG time! :D Woot!

So those are my tips and tricks for healthy flights! It really pays off to plan ahead and pack all of your snacks.

You are probably wondering if I ate any airplane food and the answer is I never need to! I have so many snacks that I don’t need to rely on overly processed ‘mystery’ food. :) My tummy thanks me for it!

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1) You voted and the winning name of my PB granola bars is ON THE GLO BARS (83%)!!! Great choice everyone! :D

2) Shop 4 A Cause is just over 1 DAY away! Are you as excited as I am?? S4AC will be starting on Thursday June 11th at 8am EST! Be there or be Square! :D

3) See you tomorrow for my thoughts on how to stay healthy while on vacation and how to prevent unwanted weight gain! I will tell you all the tricks I used this past week!

4) My Amazing Grass giveaway ends tomorrow- don’t forget to enter!

5) Some of you have been asking me about my race this weekend! Tomorrow I will be telling you how I am preparing for my first race ever this SUNDAY! What workouts am I doing to prep?

6) Check out this fun tea giveaway!

Well, I am off to clean up the kitchen– you DON’T want to see what 400+ bars will do to a kitchen!!!

One of the two boxes:


I am really happy with all the progress I made today! Only 100 or so to make tomorrow and then it is time to make all the tags, cards, wrap, and try to design my race tank! I am really worried that I won’t have time to do the tank (our ‘practice’ iron on attempt failed miserably so I think I have to use stencils and fabric paint…)

Tonight’s question: What do you pack when you go on a flight or long trip? What are your favourite portable foods? What are your tips and tricks for feeling good while flying?


Coming up tomorrow morning- FAQ’s!!!! These next two installments are good ones, you don’t want to miss them!!

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[email protected] June 9, 2009 at 7:14 pm

I am getting Amazing Grass samples soon, and can’t wait to try them! I love finding ways of going on vacation and coming back feeling rested, not overstuffed and ready for another vacation!


Courtney June 9, 2009 at 7:26 pm

Wow, that’s a lot of baking! :] I’ll have to try some Amazing Foods!


april June 9, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Congratulations on all the baking! That must have been tiring! I do the same paper towel trick.. my mom taught me that when she used to back my lunches, lol :)


Gena (Choosing Raw) June 9, 2009 at 7:33 pm

You are such an angel to do all that baking!

I like to travel with guacamole, crudites, green juice (frozen, packed), and Larabars :)


Priyanka June 9, 2009 at 7:37 pm

Wow that’s a lot of baking!! For my latest travel, I packed apples, nuts and clif bars!! They helped me stay “GOOD”!!


*Andrea* June 9, 2009 at 7:47 pm

wowwwwww that’s a TON of baking! you’re super woman!

ps you are absolutely gorgeoussssssssss :) you glow and it is so evident on this blog.


Alison June 9, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Girlfriend, you are too sweet and gorgeous (inside AND out) for words! ;)


Bec June 9, 2009 at 7:54 pm

thanks for the healthy flying tips!


Katie June 9, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Hi Angela,
I have to tell you how much I truly enjoy your blog. You are a wealth of information and a source of inspiration for me on a daily basis! I created my own blog after a few weeks of lurking on yours and a few others, and I want to thank you for making me realize that a healthy life is a most enjoyable one!


Danielle June 9, 2009 at 8:03 pm

What a great ensemble of snacks to keep you satisfied on the plane. I personally think that you did wonderfully at sticking with your healthy lifestyle on your trip!

Great job with all of your On the Glo Bars! I’m sure everyone is going to absolutely adore them :)


Katherine June 9, 2009 at 8:14 pm

You look so beautiful and healthy – seems like the vacation was just what you needed! :)

I usually pack larabars, fresh fruit, and an empty water bottle (so I can fill it at a fountain after I get through security). I haven’t been on a flight more than about 3 hours since our honeymoon last June so a bar and an apple usually gets the job done.

Good luck finishing up the On the Glo Bars!


Kiersten June 9, 2009 at 8:22 pm

So they actually let you bring that food onto the plane? I was always under the impression that it would be confiscated, unless it’s something in a sealed package (like a candy bar). Next time I am bringing my own food!


Annie D. June 9, 2009 at 8:25 pm

THANK YOU FOR POSTING WHAT YOU TOOK ON THE PLANE!!! We’re going to Miami in October, over dinner time, and I didn’t want to eat airport food! How was getting through security with all of that stuff? Did they look at you weird or make you take it out and declare it?


Fitzalan June 9, 2009 at 8:29 pm

My go to portable is always PB&J sandwiches and apples.

That is an INSANE number of bars. Impressive!!

Happiness Awaits


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 9, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Thanks everyone!! YOu are all so sweet!!
The airport will let you bring all the above food on and more- I even brought almost 100 of my On The Glo Bars on the plane with me- NOT one question asked! lol. ~A


Krista June 9, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Hi Angela! Could you tell me more about this digestive aid that you’ve been using? I’ve had digestive issues for years (as well as IBS) and would LOVE for my innards to feel “light and airy”.

I haven’t been on a plane in 11 years! Yikes, time for a real vacay, I think! ;)

What a huge batch of bars! I’m sure they will be appreciated at the race on Sunday….


SweetKaroline June 9, 2009 at 9:00 pm

I never brought ‘real’ food with me because I was always worried about getting it through security. So I only ever brought a huge empty water bottle to fill after security and maybe a couple of clif bars

Here’s a link to what food items you can’t bring through security…looks like you can bring only solid foods…no sauces or jellys or anything like that:



elliebelle June 9, 2009 at 9:04 pm

Wow! That is a ton of bars!
I get motion sick when I travel so I find the best thing to do is eat before I get on the plane. (You get much less motion sick with a full stomach – seems opposite of what you would think!) I wear Sea Bands on my wrists (pressure point type of things to reduce motion sickness…they look pretty cool! haha!) and I will generally have a little caffeine which also helps settle the stomach. And of course, the other must – a cozy sweater or sweatshirt and a scarf. I like your idea of packing a lunch. I need to make an effort to do more of that when traveling.


Deb June 9, 2009 at 9:13 pm

You can bring food but not liquidy food like yogurt sadly. If I don’t feel like wasting perfectly good greens, I’ll use the plastic carton they come in and pack a salad-for dressing, bring a lemon slice. If you need to keep anything cold (you CANNOT bring ice or an ice pack) you can freeze fruit in a freezer baggie and then pack it- instant ice “cubes” that you get to eat later (like grapes or berries, nannerz)


Mara @ What's for Dinner? June 9, 2009 at 9:19 pm

I’m getting Amazing Grass samples soon too, and I reallllly hope they threw in one of those cups!!

I’m a bit of a shirt-decorating master, if i say so myself… so if you need help, you know where to go!


Michelle Gay June 9, 2009 at 9:26 pm

I always avoid soda, any of the snacks they give out and pre-order a gluten free or vegetarian meal.


N.D. June 9, 2009 at 9:28 pm

good for you packing all that good food for the plane! That is alot of bars to make!!


Help Meghan Run June 9, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Lots of water, an almond butter sandwich, a banana, Clif/Lara bars…anything quick, solid, and portable! :)

Check out the Adora Calcium giveaway on my blog!


Amanda June 9, 2009 at 9:37 pm

I am such a nerd – totally love planning and packing for trips! Non-food related things that are crucial for the plane are gum, chapstick, moisturizer, and vitamins. I always bring an empty water bottle to fill up and my favorite tea bags so that I can get hot water. I will usually bring some fruit and cut up veggies, a wrap if it’s over lunch, bars, and something sweet and fun like a Tootsie Roll lollipop!


Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope June 9, 2009 at 9:42 pm

Such great tips for how to eat while traveling! I actually think that there are some MAJOR restrictions on food and beverages for flying out of the USA, but I’m sure your tips would work great on road trips as well! I ALWAYS pack a cooler loaded with veggies, fruits, string cheese, yogurts, drink, yogurt smoothies, etc. when I’m going on a long trip so I never have to rely on gas station or convienence store foods. Another great tip is just to stop at a grocery store along the way! For some reason, a lot of people don’t think of that, but basically all cities have a grocery store!

Good luck on the rest of the bars. They look delicious! :)

I have brought food like this on all of my trips within Canada, to the US, and overseas on my honeymoon- no probs for me anyways! :) ~A


Michelle (PinQue) June 9, 2009 at 9:43 pm

I need to try that trick with my fruits, especially peaches, they always get crushed in my lunch!


Sheri June 9, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Great name for the bars! I always bring plenty of water, lots of nuts (usually almonds)and some fruit. Love your blog. I have a blog as well on healthy lifestyle design and I have yours on my blogroll. Let me know what you think sometime!


Eri June 9, 2009 at 10:34 pm

i brought a prepackaged bag of trail mix on the plane once- bad idea. I split the bag down the side and nuts and stuff went everywhere. oops. of course i didnt sweep some of it under the seat….*wink*

I like to wear comfy socks, and shoes that will just slip off, bring a music player, and a book.
i also always bring gum so my ears dont pop. and i have the motion bands that someone else mentioned. i think they help, because i’ve never gotten plane sick. I always end up feeling thirsty after long flights, because they give you tiny cups, that I have to drink right away or risk spilling when i knock the tray with my freakishly long legs. maybe i should bring a water bottle to fill up next time. lol


Katrina (Gluten Free Gidget) June 9, 2009 at 10:46 pm

You are a baking machine! That is so awesome! I pack fruit in a ziplock with a paper towel just like you! I also pack a tupperware of either a salad or some sort of leftovers and baggies of veggies. Sometimes it’s not about looking cool. Sometimes it’s about survival! :-)


Rachel June 10, 2009 at 12:57 am

Oooh, awesome travel treats! I pack similarly – dried fruit, bars, nuts, cereals, jerky. Then I try to get my hands on fresh stuff & bottled water after going through security. Water is a must! I usually OVERpack snacks so I won’t feel deprived and go buy some M&Ms or something. Well, sometimes :)


Isha June 10, 2009 at 1:52 am

This post is perfect timing! I’m flying on Saturday and I was literally just thinking about what I should pack to get me through the flight, bus, and boat (yes, all three) and keep my energy up. I’m going to use this as a guide. thanks!


Leah @ Simply Fabulous June 10, 2009 at 2:34 am

I’ve been using a digestive aid for over a month now everyday and I have never felt better. I take two tablets a day. Absolutely LOVE it and I can’t imagine my life without it now! I was actually going to do a post on it this week! :)


Lauren June 10, 2009 at 9:21 am

Woah, you are a baking machine! :)

My favourite on the go snack is Larabars…YUM!


Jess June 10, 2009 at 1:48 pm

I’ve started on GM’s this weekend and I’m in love myself…I’ve got to get my hands on some Amazing Grass, since both you and Miss Caitlin are raving about it so!

Oh PS. I know some people were asking if GM’s are good to sit and drink later and I have determined as long as they stay cold, yes! I’ve been taking mine to work as a breakfast on the go or a late afternoon snack. Yum.


Lisa Cain June 10, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Wow. You did an amazing job with healthy snacks for the flight. My favorite website for learning about new healthy snack ideas is
I hope this is helpful.


Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now June 10, 2009 at 6:59 pm

My willpower seems to decrease while traveling– I think it’s the stress. Having the healthy options would make it a lot easier to stay on track.


Kathleen June 10, 2009 at 9:10 pm

I made the bars last night but subbed 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips for 1/2 of a cup of coconut. I use sweetened coconut because it was all I had and as a result I left out the sugar. I didn’t let the mixture cool enough before I added the chocolate and so it all melted. No worries though, they were delicious and a complete success. And really the possibilities are endless-I am thinking a raisin almond one will be next. I LOVE that they are no bake-and chock full of such good stuff!


Donna July 6, 2009 at 6:15 pm

I am LOVING your website! I have some stomach issues and would love to know what digestive aid is helping you?

Thanks for all the great tips~



Nelly November 8, 2009 at 4:29 am

New to health Bloggin and love your website!


Bre Tetreault May 24, 2016 at 11:49 pm

I know this is an old post, but I was just freaking out about a 10 hour travel day I have on Friday and I was so happy to see your suggestions! I will be armed and ready with fruits, avocado wraps, and energy bites on friday and not afraid of not finding vegan options in the airport! Thank you <3


Angela Liddon May 25, 2016 at 12:44 pm

I am so glad this post was able to help you out, Bre! Safe travels :)


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