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Healthy Airplane Food: DietDetective.com Annual Airline Snacking and Onboard Food Survey with Health Ratings for 2007

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US Airways

(480-693-0800, www.usairways.com)

Cooperation from Airline: Very helpful

Health Score: (**1/2) There are some decent choices, but overall the Snack Boxes could use a tune-up. On flights under 2.5 hours they offer only pretzels; not much nutrition there, but at least they're not too high in calories.

Best Bet: From the Snack Box, eat only a third of the fruit and nut mix (give the rest away or save it) and the can of chicken salad; skip the fruit bar and the cookies and you're good to go. Aside from the Snack Box, there are a few meal offerings for flights of 3.5 hours or more. For breakfast the choices are not so great. There's a Mini Muffin Breakfast Platter or a Breakfast Croissant Sandwich. Pick the muffin platter; at least there's fruit, and you can eat only one of the muffins (and skip the butter -- it's 100 calories per tablespoon). If you want the croissant, skip the cream cheese. For lunch and dinner, go with the Tomato & Mozzarella Salad with Italian Meats. I know it sounds high in calories, but the protein will keep you from getting hungry, and if you go easy on the mozzarella cheese and the salami and get rid of those butter cookies before the flight attendant leaves your area, you'll avoid temptation.

Total Snack Calories: 820 (snack box)

Exercise Equivalents: (Amount of walking to burn off the calories) 156 minutes (Snack Box)

Cost: $5 per Snack Box, $7 per meal

Snack Choices (Snack Box, over 2.5 hours)

  • Bumble Bee Chicken Salad (140 calories)
  • Wisecracker Partner's Roasted Garlic & Rosemary Crackers (80 calories)
  • Stauffer's Strawberry Fruit Bar (130 calories)
  • Azar Fruit & Nut Mix (330 calories)
  • Old Colony Andes Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies (140 calories)

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