If you’re one of those people who actually likes to fly, odds are that even you have to admit that when it comes to in-flight food service, those cardboard trays are pretty much the worst. Especially now that on most airlines, the only way you’re getting fed is if you fork over a major credit card.
In the past few years, though, there has been a slow but steady change when it comes to snacks and meals on one airline in particular, and it’s starting to get noticed internationally. Air Canada, home of the paid checked baggage and in-flight entertainment units that always need to be reset, has ranked fourth in terms of its food service according to U.S. website Diet Detective.
Mind you, this ranking has nothing at all to do with the actual taste.
The site looked at popular aircraft carrier companies in North America and rated them based on how healthy their food choices were. Virgin America topped the list with four stars, while JetBlue and Delta tied for second with 3.5 stars a piece. That left Air Canada with 3.25 stars for its low-calorie fare.
What’s so great about their menu, exactly? The site explains that the average Air Canada meal contains 327 calories, while its snack options eat up an average of 311. That’s well under the new average of 400 per meal.
If it’s a morning flight you’re on, the editors point to the Greek yogurt parfait as a good, filling choice. The egg and bacon sandwich is a close second in calories, although the bacon does mean a higher overall fat content.
Having a little afternoon snack? The chicken soup is like a meal in a cup, or you can also opt for the carrots and celery. Just be sure to only use half of the ranch dip. As for more filling options, the site recommends the chicken club wrap since it contains turkey bacon. And if you’re one of the lucky fliers who has access to the sushi, the editors say that’s a great bet, too.
With so many options, what should you actually stay away from? The hummus and pretzels, for one. Although it may sound healthy, pretzels are like chips and there is entirely too much hummus in a package to constitute a normal serving. Also stay away from the falafels, which are fried.
Last, but not least, it’s important to remember when flying to stay away from any heavy meals period, as they have been proven to make you feel ill when in the sky. It’s also important to remember to hydrate with lots of water, and to stay away from too much caffeine or booze.
We’re number four!