Question:

Could you recommend any best practices, storage methods, perishable and non-perishable food items, protein shakes, or other helpful tips for flight attendants or airline crew who desire to eat healthily but have limited access to refrigeration or healthy food options while on 3-5 day work trips?

– Ryjean R.

Answer:

The two flight attendants I asked replied that they usually bring hard boiled eggs, avocados, salsa, sealed chicken apple sausages, green smoothie singles, lots of sturdy fruits like apples and oranges, nuts and seeds, carrots, jicama, and celery sticks with almond butter. For meals: vacuum-packed brown and white rice (can be served cold with cheese cubes and peas/corn), pasta salad with diced ham, or some frozen items like homemade casseroles or chicken curriesmicrowave required. Having a good cooler is essential!

Also see our previous answer to another flight question – What meals can I pack that will keep for up to 5 days, and that will help me lose weight?

– Debbie J., MS, RD

This article should not replace any exercise program or restrictions, any dietary supplements or restrictions, or any other medical recommendations from your primary care physician. Before starting any exercise program or diet, make sure it is approved by your doctor.

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