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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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Northwest Airlines

(800-225-2525, www.nwa.com)

Cooperation in Providing Nutritional Information: Not very helpful

Health Score: (**) There are snacks sold individually and a Snack Box. Both choices are relatively high in calories.

Best Bet: Pick the Good Sense Snack Mix over the Pringles -- it's more satisfying and gives you more energy. But beware, these are not portion-controlled. Split the mix with three or more people. If you're on a flight lasting more than two hours, you can also purchase the "Smartsnack" Snack Box. The Snack Box is a better option because each item is individually wrapped, which gives you portion control. If you're on a flight to/from Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, or the Caribbean, Northwest offers sandwiches, which you can preorder; however, the airline didn't provide any information.

Total Snack Calories: 680 (Snack Box), see individual snacks below.

Exercise Equivalents: (Amount of walking to burn off the calories) Entire snack box, 177 minutes, individual snacks are listed below.

Cost: $2 per snack, $5 per Snack Box, $5 per sandwich

Snack Choices (snack basket)

Individually sold snacks:

  • Good Sense Snack Mix (raisin nut mix) 4.5 ounces, 435 calories, 113 minutes
  • Pringles original 2.8 ounces, 480 calories, 125 minutes

Snack Box (flights of two hours or more):

  • Pepperidge Farm Parmesan Goldfish Crackers (0.75 ounces, 90 calories)
  • Sonoma Valley Trail Mix "carb wise" (2 ounces, 320 calories per serving)
  • Chips Ahoy Thin Crisps (0.81 ounces, 100-calorie pack)
  • Glacier Ridge Farms white cheddar cheese sticks (2) (0.5 ounces each, 66 calories total)
  • O'Brien's Premium Hickory Smoked Beef Summer Sausage (1.125 ounces, 110 calories)
  • Venus Stoned Wheat Wafers (0.5 ounces, 60 calories)

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