What’s the best food to eat when flying?
to help boost my vegetable and nutrient intake.
While flying, I cannot encourage you enough to simply eat when you are hungry and turn down any other meals you are offered. More often than not you will be offered far more food than is needed, and as flying dehydrates us, sometimes we can feel hungry when we are actually thirsty. It’s important to stay hydrated so drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine and alcohol – these can dehydrate you further and can make it more difficult to
Whole eggs are very nutritious. They contain highquality protein, nourishing fats, vitamin E, vitamin B12, vitamin A, iron, zinc, selenium and lutein, a carotenoid that supports eye health. They also contain cholesterol. Cholesterol isn’t ‘‘bad’’ – it plays many essential (yes, essential!) roles in the body, but historically there was concern that dietary cholesterol would increase blood cholesterol levels. We now know that the cholesterol in the foods we eat actually has very little impact on our blood levels.
There isn’t a specific number of eggs per week that I recommend – it depends on what nourishes you. However, as a very general guide, I would suggest a maximum of one eggbased meal per day, as more than this may begin to impact on the variety of foods that you eat. Enjoying a wide variety of real, whole foods is essential to ensure you are getting a balanced spread of nutrients each day.
On long-haul flights try to opt for light meals with a high vegetable content.