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These are the healthiest foods to eat on a plane, according to nutritionists

Harper's Bazaar (UK) logo Harper's Bazaar (UK) 10/03/2017 Lucy Wood

© Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) Nutritionists have revealed that, while it might seem like you're bombarded with nothing but creamy pastas and dodgy curries from the plane food cart, there are ways to stick to your healthy eating plan when flying.

Speaking to INSIDER, nutritionist Karen Ansel has given her verdict on the in-flight menu.

"If you absolutely have to buy something [on the plane], make it a turkey sandwich on wholewheat, and pile on the veggies like lettuce, tomato, cucumber and avocado. Make sure to skip the mayo and opt for mustard or a little olive oil and vinegar instead.

"When you're flying dehydration is a real problem," she added. "Nobody wants to use an airplane bathroom if they don't have to, so it's natural to try to drink as little as possible.

"Unfortunately, this can really mess with your hydration, because airplane air is very dry, so you're losing water all throughout your flight."

As well as drinking something at least "every couple of hours", Karen suggested that it could be worth waking up a little bit earlier to prepare your own plane food, rather than relying on the in-flight menu for healthy options.

A healthy cucumber sandwich © ASSOCIATED PRESS A healthy cucumber sandwich Her packed lunch recommendations? "A turkey or peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread, plus an apple."

It's easy to make, packed with protein and also doesn't take up too much room in your carry on bag - plus, according to Karen, "it will keep you full for hours."

And if you're running late, you can always pick up something similar at the airport. Karen recommends "putting together a healthier meal by buying a banana, a container of Greek yoghurt, and a grain and nut based snack bar."

Just make sure to grab your yoghurt after you've finished airport security, otherwise it'll have to be under 100ml and in your clear bag next to your make-up. 

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