Last year, the Diet Detective conducted an Airline Food Survey, which rated how healthy the food is aboard the top US airlines. After examining the economy class menus of several airlines' domestic flights and taking into consideration the Diet Detective's results — not to mention some of my own personal biases — here are the top five airlines that I think are serving up the healthiest snacks and meals.
- Tips for pairing cheese and beer. — Serious Eats
- One chef urges you to eat your Christmas tree. — The New York Times
- Ten Winter beers to ensure a hoppy New Year. — The Atlantic
- 2010 was the year of the novelty sandwich. — Eater
- The state of dessert today. — Grub Street NY
- How to avoid airport and airline food. — Huffington Post Food
- Chef Anne Burrell on hosting a perfect New Year's Day brunch. — Eatocracy
Recently I was sent a box of meals by Freshology. Like the Zone, Freshology is a diet delivery program that helps celebrities lose weight and eat healthy. I was given four days worth of packaged meals in containers that resembled airplane food. Although the food was made "fresh," I was disappointed. Iceberg lettuce? Soy chicken? Not the tastiest or most nutritious of ingredients, especially when they were packaged three days earlier. Still, the meal plan could be great for someone who doesn't like or have time to cook. What do you think? Would you want to try Freshology?
Sure, anyone can be a critic, but isn't the info always a bit more intriguing when it's coming from an expert? The folks at Good magazine thought so, and they've enlisted several experts to help critique select foods.
So who did they bring in? A teacher to talk about apples, a pilot to talk about airplane food, a cop to talk about doughnuts, and a rock star to talk about whiskey. Here are some of my favorite excerpts.
Andrea Peterson, teacher, on apples:
I absolutely love apples, and believe it or not, several times a year, a student actually does give me one. . . . If I had my pick, though, instead of apples, I’d love to be getting Starbucks gift cards.
Patrick Smith, pilot, on airplane food:
People don’t want a fancy French restaurant at 30,000 feet; they just want something to eat, and a distraction on a long flight. . . . Economy travelers don’t want to live out some bourgeois fantasy of the 1940s. Give me a damn sandwich or some pasta.
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One of the toughest parts about traveling is figuring out what to eat when in the airport and even while on the plane. With airlines not offering much when it comes to food these days, our choices are limited. What's even more limited?
Healthy food choices. Luckily the Diet Detective has deciphered through all the food on major airlines in an effort to find the best options in flight.
Here are highlights:
- United: Go for either the Rightbite or the Smartpack snack box. The Smartpack is all natural, trans-fat free, and vegetarian friendly, but it has a lot of food and can be high in calories for one person, so you would have to share it.
There's many more so read more
We've had a few discussions about the sad state of airplane food, and we all know that first class customers usually get better meals
than us lowly coach customers. The food in the front of the plane is usually nicer and presented better than that in the back of the plane, but Hawaiian Airlines isn't happy with just nicer & presented better. They've decided to take their first-clas menu to the next level by offering a three entree "tasting menu" complete with a specially made Pomegranate Passion beverage and mochi ice cream. Hawaiian Airline's President and CEO, Mark Dunkerley, stated:
"People want greater control over their travel experience. That's why we're giving customers more choices in every aspect of their travel on Hawaiian, from booking online to checking in for flights, and now with their dining in First Class."
I wish someone would send me first class to check it out... *sigh*
Since I know that's not happening anytime soon, I'll just have to talk about it instead. There are a total of 20 entrees designed for the tasting menu, but only 5 will be available at a time. For lunch and dinner, FC customers will select three of the five entrees to create their meal. For breakfast they will select two of three entrees as well as a plate of assorted fruit. What if they run out of your option? Oh don't worry, they won't since they bring along one of each per FC person. My theory is if you're really nice and since you've already paid enough to be in FC, they'll probably let you choose 4 (or all 5!) if you ask really nicely. To learn more about the entrees, read more
I am an avid traveler and fly often, sometimes shorter flights from Oakland to San Diego and sometimes longer flights from San Francisco to exotic international destinations involving Spanish speaking countries.
If you fly like I do, you'll have noticed a dramatic difference in air travel recently. Gone are the free food and meals! Sure if the flight is a quick one and under two hours, no free food is necessary. However if the flight crosses the nation, that's six hours with nothing but a tiny bag of peanuts. In a few weeks I'll be visiting my friend Andrew in NYC and I need your help readers! I want you to send me your best ideas for airplane snacks. The food can be premade at a gourmet supermarket or recipes of your own for travel friendly snacks. Save your finds to the Yum Market on TeamSugar with the keyword tag, Airplane Snacks. Likewise, add your recipes to the recipe database, once again tagged with Airplane Snacks.
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