Victorian Institute of Sport

Nutrition Tip | Fueling whilst flying

Monday, 04 December 2017

Flying to domestic or international events can expose athletes to a wide variety of foods which may not be the most nutritionally sound choices. 


As a general guide at the airport, stick to foods you would usually pack in your lunch bag & aim to make a considered choice whilst you’re waiting around! Most cafes will now provide energy content per item which may be a useful guide to choosing a sensible snack. 


Fruit salads, fruit & nuts, plain fruit, meat and salad sandwiches, rice paper rolls, vegetable juices, light Mexican dishes or sushi are all smart alternatives to some of the heavy focaccias, pastries, pies, saucy Chinese dishes, large chocolate based muffins and slices. 


If it’s a domestic leg, you may like to pack your own snacks!


Dining in the lounge is often a delicious experience but don’t become overwhelmed with the volume of food, be mindful and eat to accommodate your appetite. 


Keep hydrated with plenty of water and always remember to carry a leak free bottle that you can refill at the airport.



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