Crunchy sauteed crickets are a delicacy in many parts of the world.

Last year, I flew more than 100,000 miles through countless time zones.  Being an adventurous eater, I always look for the local specialties, like the calcots in Barcelona.  But the one place I try not to eat the local food is on airplanes.

The average meal served on an airplane contains approximately 1,000+ calories, more than half of which are from fat.  And the plane is not the only thing sky-high, the salt content in most meals and snacks is terrifying. I am thankful when Delta has their fruit and cheese plate available, but on most flights, the food options are not optimal for my health.  No matter where in the world I may be, you’ll find the following in my flight bag:

Organic Almonds

90 percent of the fats in almonds are unsaturated, and the nuts are high in protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E, and other antioxidants. Almonds help prevent osteoporosis, may lower cholesterol, and they regulate blood pressure.

USANA snack bars:

These yummy low-glycemic bars have added fiber and ten grams of protein to keep me feeling full while everyone else is snacking on sugar filled cookies or overly salty peanuts.  At 160 calories per bar, they are a perfect snack or light meal.  Click here to find out my favorite flavor!  

On long flights, I pack my blender bottle and vanilla Nutrimeal.  Flight attendants are happy to load me up with water, and these shakes are my comfort food.  Bonus – shaking the bottle for three minutes gets my blood and lymph flowing 🙂

We all know the benefits of drinking water while traveling (and living!).  In addition to my H20, I ask for a glass of plain tomato juice on each flight.  Knowing I am going to ask for tomato juice also ensures that I’m not looking at the high sugar juices and sodas that promote inflammation in my body.  Our friends at LiveStrong have great information on the benefits of tomato juice at  Remember to ask for plain tomato juice, NOT the spicy version that is loaded with salt.

Get a great start on your vacation, family, or business travel by nourishing your body with good food even while you are on the airplane. 

Note:  Although I enjoyed the crickets, they are NOT on the menu at Sanoviv Medical Institute.