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Yummy, Healthy Plane Food For Kids

You may have noticed it’s been a while since I last blogged. Well that’s because I’ve been on HOLIDAY!! After The Baby Show, we finally found the time to have a family holiday abroad and had an absolutely amazing time – swimming, sun-bathing, shopping and visiting water parks. I have serious holiday blues!

Not only was it Aaliyah’s first holiday abroad, it was also her first time on a plane. Which meant it was the first time I needed to consider what food I was going to take on the plane for all of us. With budget airlines now charging for EVERYTHING – check-in luggage, booking seats, extra leg room and horrible processed plane food (soon we’ll be paying to visit the on-board toilets!), there was no way I was going to pay for a meal which I knew would be vile!

I remember in my younger days, (the days when plane food was included with the price of a ticket), the smell of plane food used to make me feel a little ill and I was deeply underwhelmed when I took my first bite. Being a Muslim and only eating halal meat, our only option on the plane was the vegetarian meal and for some unknown reason the airplane food caterers always thought it was a great idea to add parmesan cheese (the smelliest cheese in the world) to every pasta meal. The whole airplane would smell for at least two hours after the meals had been served.

Having had particularly bad experiences with plane food, I started looking into healthy, tasty food and snacks I could take with me on the plane. A few ideas are below:

Plane Food Collage Sky

  • Fresh fruit (no container necessary) – bananas, apples, satsumas, pears
  • Fresh fruit (in container) grapes, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries
  • Fresh vegetables (in container) – carrot sticks, avocados chunks, bell pepper strips, cucumber sticks
  • Nuts and dried fruit
  • Home-made sandwiches and wraps
  • Popcorn
  • Crackers with cheese cubes/ slices
  • Pitta pockets with hummus and cucumber (throw in a few falafel if you want)

Remember to wash the fruit and vegetables before you pack them so all pesticides are washed away and fruit can be eaten on demand. Don’t forget the napkins either.

Plane snacks

I decided to prepare four cheese salad wraps along with three bananas, three apples and bag of nuts. Our flight was around five hours and this was more than enough to keep all of us satisfied. To my surprise Aaliyah ate two wraps, a banana and an apple. It worked really well as I had food to hand the minute Aaliyah mentioned ‘mum – I wan’t a snack’. It also gave her something to do on the plane in addition to the activities I brought along – sticker books, colouring books, dolls and tablet loaded with games and ‘My Little Pony’ equestrian girl films. The five hours passed relatively quickly. Just make sure your hand luggage doesn’t exceed the airline’s weight allowance or you’ll be paying for that too!

wrap in hand

A eating

OA plane

Have you got any holidays coming up? Will you be buying the airplane meal for your kids?

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Faz M #

    An interesting read and a great book! My son is only 4 months but I’m doing my research so that I know exactly what I’m doing when I start weaning! I’ll be flying when he’s 7 months but wondering what kinds of meals/snacks will be suitable for him! It’ll be a 7 hour journey! (not looking forward to it!) any tips?

    Thanks,
    Faz

    30/08/2015
    • Hi Faz – thanks for your message. Wow 7 hours is a long time! Ideally you want to stick with foods that aren’t messy or smelly and are easy to carry in your hand luggage. Things like blueberries, roti sticks, pitta bread squares, snack boxes of raisins and apricots. You can take bananas with you to but would recommend placing them in a container to avoid getting squashed in your bag. You can also take fruits on board your little one currently enjoys.

      There’s also the option to take shop-bought pouches on board for babies. Whilst home-cooked food is always best and should form the majority of a baby’s diet, pouches can be a good alternative if you’re out and about.
      Hope that helps. Enjoy your flight and good luck!

      04/09/2015

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