No matter where you’re going this season, getting to and from your destination can bring on unexpected challenges that are out of your control—weather delays, traffic jams, lost luggage and more. But what you can control is the food you put into your body, and some foods can naturally help ease the pressures of travel.
We’ve rounded up six power foods to help give you a more peaceful voyage.
With its name originating from the Turkish word “keif” which means ‘good feeling’, this yogurt-like drink is the perfect way to complement your meal. Kefir contains lots of calcium and tryptophan, an amino acid that helps kick your serotonin (the ‘feel good’ neurotransmitter) production into action.
Tasty To-Go Tip: Drink some kefir in a breakfast smoothie before you hit the road. It’s rarely sold in airports.
Think beyond the guacamole! Avocados are rich in potassium, a mineral that helps keep blood pressure down. Keeping your blood pressure down is essential for those who are anxious or nervous, so grab one a few hours before you’re in your seat.
Tasty To-Go Tip: Spread it on your sandwich or scoop it out with a spoon while in line to board the plane.
If you’re craving crunch, carrots are a great healthy snack with minimal calories. Their crispness will actually help loosen your jaw muscles and in return relieve tension. Carrots are also filled with fiber, which will help your body produce serotonin for less stressful journey.
Tasty To-Go Tip: Cut them up or buy a pack of baby carrots and dip them in hummus.
Getting on a long distance flight with an upset stomach is a recipe for disaster. The best cure—believe it or not—may be to chow down on some cauliflower pre-takeoff. Cauliflower is filled with many digestive benefits, anti-inflammatory nutrients like vitamin K and fiber, which will help release any built up stomach pains and make for smooth sailing.
Tasty To-Go Tip: Pack some crunchy cauliflower in a travel container for a crunchy crudité—or enjoy some roasted cauliflower in a salad or pasta pre-takeoff.
Drinking a warm cup of herbal tea is a great way to temporarily relieve anxiety. The smell alone can immediately improve your mood. Try soothing varieties like lavender, mint or chamomile, or try more out-there infusions like ashwagandha (a favorite in Ayurvedic healing) or calming Valerian root tea.
Tasty To-Go Tip: Bring a couple of tea bags from home and ask your flight attendant for a cup of hot water.
The small seeds will fill your body with magnesium and iron. A handful can help boost your mood, fight off a cold and build a stronger immune system—that can come in handy when airborne. Read more about the many benefits of pumpkin seeds.
Author: Hannah Weintraub