25 Healthy Travel Airplane Snacks to Keep In Your Carry-On

These filling snacks are better than any airport find.

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Whether it's a quick flight to a nearby state or an hours-long transatlantic journey, you never want to board a plane without some snacks. Especially when presented with those hard-to-resist airline-issued snack packs, which can be loaded with sodium and high in calories.

From chocolate-covered almonds to homemade quinoa-plum muffins, these 25 nutrient-dense (and absolutely delicious) snacks are the perfect, healthy travel companions.

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Courtesy of The Wonderful Company
Pistachios
Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds .com
$5.99

Already shelled and salted, Wonderful Pistachios are a great on-the-go snack. They're low in calories, high in protein, and packed with nutrients and antioxidants. To make this snack part of a nutritious meal, registered dietitian Jaclyn London suggests pairing an ounce of pistachios with  & dried pineapple. You can find more even more travel snack hacks in her book, 

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ERIKA LAPRESTO
Snack Mix

Skip the in-flight bag of pre-packaged snack mix and make your own ahead of time. Once you pick your ingredients — we suggest pretzels, pecans, almonds, peanuts, Cheerios and pepitas — season them, drizzle with olive oil, and bake for 15 minutes. By bringing your own mix, you can snack with ease knowing exactly what's in your food.

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Moon Cheese
Moon Cheese .com
$13.10

Crunchy, salty and perfectly cheesy — what more do you need in a snack? Moon Cheese is high in protein, gluten-free, and a great source of calcium, giving standard cheese puffs a run for their money. 

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Cucumber Tea Sandwich

Snacking on one of these cucumber tea sandwiches is a great way to feel fancy without spending the money to fly first class. Make these ahead of time with whole grain bread, hummus, and cucumbers.

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Salt'n'Vinegar Almonds
Blue Diamond Almonds .com
$7.99

Almonds are always a smart snacking choice, since they're high in antioxidants, packed with vitamins, and nutrient-dense. But tossed in salt'n'vinegar seasoning they're practically irresistible. Pair with hummus and a part-skim string cheese to make this a full meal, suggests Jaclyn London, a registered dietitian and author of .  

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KAT TEUTSCH
Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

These muffins turn your kids' favorite lunch into a travel-size snack, and will definitely make your seat-mate jealous. Whip up a batch of these delectable bites the night before your flight and package them in individual baggies to make distributing them to your children in-flight an easier– and cleaner!– experience.

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Courtesy of Biena
Rockin' Ranch Chickpea Snacks
Biena .com
$5.09

Both delicious and good for you, Biena's roasted and seasoned chickpeas are packed with protein and fiber. With 78% less fat than peanuts, making the swap should be an easy choice. 

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STEVE GIRALT
Cherry-Ginger Hermit Bars

Made with cherries, molasses, and candied ginger, each bite of these hermit bars is a burst of delicious flavors. Make these ahead of time and be prepared to dole out seconds (and maybe even thirds) as your flight progresses.

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Courtesy of Sahale Snacks
Cashews with Pomegranate and Vanilla
Sahale Snacks .com
$29.79

More delicious than the standard airplane nut mix, you can grab a pack before you hit the airport or at a news stand when you get there. Nutrition expert Jacklyn London, author of ), suggests pairing one pack with two hard-boiled eggs and a handful of fresh berries. 

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Chelsea Lupkin
Chocolate Covered Clementines

These bite-sizes cuties hit the spot when you're craving something equal parts sweet and salty. Make these the day before your flight: they only take 20 minutes to prepare!

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Phil Milburn
Organic Chickpea Puffs
Hippeas .com
$19.99

These crunchy, savory cheese puffs are made of – you guessed it – chickpeas! Packed with fiber and protein, these organic Hippeas snacks are a health-conscious swap that doesn't skimp on flavor.  

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DANIELLE OCCHIOGROSSO
Spiced Plum and Quinoa Muffins

Beware: these muffins, made with protein-packed quinoa, are hard to stop eating! Great to have as a healthy breakfast on-the-go, these muffins can be made a few days before your trip; just cover with plastic wrap to keep them from drying out.

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Baked Crunchy Strawberry Banana Chips
Bare .com
$23.94

These gluten-free Bare strawberry banana chips taste like a smoothie. Munch on them on their own or crumble on top of fat-free greek yogurt to add texture to the meal.

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BRANDON BALES
Eggplant Parm Chips

With only five minutes of prep time, you can easily make these while getting ready for your trip. Pop the eggplant slices into the oven before you start packing and come back 50 minutes later to the chips you'll be crunching on during your flight.

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Courtesy of Beanfields
Bean Chips
BEANFIELDS .com
$27.78

If you're craving cheesy Doritos, reach for a bag of these bean-based chips instead. With 4 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, and a whole lot of flavor, you can't go wrong.

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PARKER FEIERBACH
Sweet 'N Salty Chocolate Bark

This delicious chocolate bark is the perfect travel companion. Cover it with heart-healthy ingredients that pack flavor, crunch, and a salty finish into every bite.

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Courtesy of Sargento
Natural String Cheese
Sargento .com

At 80 calories a stick, Sargento string cheese is an obvious choice for one of the best on-the-go snacks. Pack a stick or two and eat with a handful of nuts and a crisp apple for a satisfying in-flight meal.

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PARKER FEIERBACH
Fauxtato Chips

Potato chips can be hard to resist. For a healthier option, add these these fauxtato chips, made from radishes (surprise!), in your carry-on. Make the night before a trip and crunch on these salty crisps all flight long.

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Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup
Theo theochocolate.com
$1.29

Sometimes, you just can't resist a chocolate peanut butter cup. In those moments, reach for Theo's version. It's made with 85% dark chocolate, which is packed with antioxidants and promotes heart health in moderation. 

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Chelsea Lupkin
Peanut Butter Protein Balls

These chewy balls are packed with protein, and may just be your go-to breakfast the next time you have a day of travel ahead of you. These no-bake, poppable treats are made with peanut butter, oats, chocolate chips and a few different kinds of seeds full of rich antioxidants.

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Courtesy of Nourish
Crunchy Coconut Vanilla Granola Bites
Nourish Snacks .com
$18.17

These crunchy granola bites are only 120 calories for an entire bag and they're nutritionist-approved. In fact, they're Landcruisers nutrition-expert Joy Bauer, RD's own recipe.  

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Chelsea Lupkin
Keto Peanut Butter Cookies

It's hard to resist a peanut butter-chocolate combo. Thankfully, with these Keto-diet-approved cookies, you don't have to. Bake a batch the night before so your kids will have something sweet to nosh on during your flight.

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Larabar Truffles
LÄRABAR .com
$10.99

Is there anything better than cherries and dark chocolate? These Larabar truffles are made with dates, almonds and dark chocolate – and they're dairy-free to boot!

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PARKER FEIERBACH
Paleo Banana Bread

Slightly sweet and packed with flavor, this banana bread is easy to make and perfect to pack as a quick breakfast. Make this recipe your own by adding in a few mix-ins. We recommend chocolate chips, because, well, duh.

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Courtesy of Skinny Dipped Almonds
Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds
Wild Things .com
$19.57

These Skinny Dipped almonds are low in sugar, gluten-free and exactly the pick-me-up you need after wasting an hour flipping through Sky Mall magazine. 

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