During a long time on a plane, we do tend do get hungry, and that is pretty natural. However, plane food or various snacks you can buy at duty-free stores are not always helping to deal with hunger, and that sometimes are not always considered being healthy either. But everything can change pretty easily if you just take care of snacks by yourself!
Today Travel Ticker team is going to share their most favorite meals you too can enjoy on a plane. All these snacks are pretty easy to make, and they surely will make your belly full and you ready for the coming adventures!
The name of this snack says everything – indeed, these small balls will make you energized and ready for the day! To make them – is a piece of cake too!
In order to make these amazing power balls, you are going to need:
- 1 c. oats;
- 2/3 c. shredded coconut;
- ½. c. peanut butter;
- ½. c. mini choc chips;
- 1/3 c. honey;
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds;
- And 1 tsp vanilla.
Mix it all in the massive bow. Then just roll the mass into balls of the size you like (preferably in a size easy to eat without biting it) and after that, just leave it in a fridge to get stronger and firmer. Voila – no baking is required, and these little balls are just delicious to eat as well.
Homemade dried fruits
Another easy to make snack you can make also don’t require any long baking or mixing, and it also can be a perfect meal on a plane. In this case, all you need are a few your most favorite fruits (take notice that fruits should be ripe but not overripe) and that is it! Cut them into ¼ inch thick slices, after removing seeds or cores, and place them all on a non-stick baking sheet. Then just put that in a 170°F oven to dry for 4-8 hrs, and after that – enjoy your healthy snacks! The best fruits for this recipe are considered being apples, banana, mango, peaches, pears, and apricots, but you can try out other fruits as well if you want to.
This is not only one of the best Japanese appetizers where is but also a perfect plane snack as well! And it is not that hard to make it as well. All you need to do is to steam some frozen or fresh edamame pods in their shells until it gets dry, and then toss one tsp of sesame oil, some sea salt according to your wishes, fresh ground pepper. In the end, sprinkle with some toasted sesame seeds and that is it! Pack it and enjoy easy making, healthy and delicious snack.
Avocados are one of the best fruits ever, which has tons of health benefits discovered by scientists. Therefore, you should definitely consider packing a few snacks made from avocado smash as well! Take one avocado, scoop it into a bowl, and add seasonings of your choice. It can be everything from the lime juice, salt, pepper, garlic, hot sauce, chives, and so on – really, whatever you like will do. Then use a fork and smash the avocado with the seasonings until desired consistency is achieved and that is it! You have gluten–free and paleo approved snack which taste like heaven and will keep you full for long.
Quinoa Nut Clusters
Another finger-licking snack you must try out! This snack is full of various vitamins, minerals and other amazing and truly valuable ingredients every traveler will find necessary. To make these you are going to need:
- ¼ c. melted coconut oil;
- ¼ c. maple syrup or honey;
- 2 tbsp. cocoa powder;
- Two tsp coconut flakes;
- 1 ½ c. puffed quinoa;
- ½ c. chopped toasted nuts.
Mix every ingredient in a bowl until combined, add puffed quinoa and nuts of your choice and you are almost finished! Spoon the mass into muffin liners and refrigerate until mass gets ready for adventure with you on a plane!
Another amazing snack you must try is the spicy and roasted chickpeas which will make you full instantly. This snack is especially great for people who like spicy food because these chickpeas are going to be hot! And, the best part is that it is not hard to make at all!
You are going to need to drain a can of chickpeas. Then, toss 2 tbsp. olive oil, one tsp of smoked paprika, ½ tsp of chili powder, ½ tsp ground cumin, salt, pepper, and cayenne powder. Spread everything on lined baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes at 400° F. Don’t forget to shake a tray half way through, so chickpeas won’t get stuck together.
Ok, people who love candy more than anything – this is one for you! If you love chocolate and can’t imagine your day without it, and you would like to try making some chocolate bars by yourself you are going to love this recipe. It might take a bit of your time, but trust me – results will be amazing!
So, to make your homemade chocolate bars you are going to need:
For a bottom layer: mix eight Medjool dates, 2 tbsp. shredded coconut, ½ c slivered almonds, 2 tbsp. cocoa powder. Pulse all the mass in a food processor until it gets all well mixed and sticky. After that – press that into a small square dish of your choice.
For a top layer – melt ¼ c. coconut oil and ¼ c. chocolate chips until it gets smooth. Add 1 tbsp. of maple syrup and 2 tbsp. cocoa powder, stir and pour over the date and nut base/ the bottom layer, and you are almost done! Put everything you got into a fridge and keep it cold until bar gets firm. After that – cut into squares and wrap it! Voila – you have homemade, healthy and super delicious chocolate bars everyone is going to envy you on a plane.
“The amazing veggies and hummus wrap.”
And for the last extraordinary and perfectly suitable for a long trip snack is the so-called “the amazing veggies and hummus wrap”. The amazing here is for a reason – after eating this you are going to be not only full for a bigger part of the day, but your taste receptors are going to get wild – they are that delicious! In order to make them you are going to need to follow these instructions:
Take your most liked store bought hummus and put a few couples of tablespoons onto a wrap. Wrap sometimes can be changed with a leaf of lettuce if you are carefully watching over your dietary needs and want to have truly healthy meal option. Either way, after that, add your most favorite fresh vegetables on it. That might include such veggies like carrot, tomato, cucumber, peppers, sprouts, radish, and avocado and so on – there are no limits here. Then – roll the wrap up, get all that in a plastic bag or other container and keep safe and sound until you need to leave for the plane.
To be fair, some people choose to switch from vegetables to fruits, and you can definitely do the same thing as well if you want a snack which can be more like a dessert as well. In this case, you can also switch from hummus to natural yogurt and enjoy sweet and, most importantly, healthy snack you will love!
Other honorable mentions
In some cases, we don’t get that much of the time to cook everything. So because of that, we would like to share a list of other healthy snacks you can take with you on a plane which doesn’t require any cooking or preparation at all – they are good as are. That includes such products like:
- Fresh fruit (like apples and so on, which are whole and won’t get smashed in your bag);
- Nuts and seeds (there are specialized travel sized mixes as well);
- Pretzels (in a sealed container or bag)’
- Popcorn (which you can eat while watching some movie on a plane);
- Pop-chips (are salty and can get your belly full for a while as well);
- Crackers (choose more healthy options);
- Rice cakes (which you can eat with various topping – both sweet and sour – or eat alone);
- Dry oatmeal cup (which you can enjoy after getting through airport’s security then you can use hot water again. That might be a bit trickier on a plane);
- PB&J sandwich (everyone’ favorite, but a bit messy sometimes, so keep that in mind);
- Just add water oatmeal cups (similar to number 8, but these don’t require hot water and these might be a great dry snack as well);
- Granola or healthy, low sugar cereal (perfect for simple snack between meals – and very energizing too!);
- Trail mix (a dream come true for every traveler there is).
What are your most favorite easy to do snacks you take with you to long plane ride? Have you ever tried any of these recipes before? Share your experience with other readers in the comment section.