The Diet Detective: Airline Snack Facts

Delta Air Lines

(404-773-0305, www.delta.com)
Cooperation in Providing Nutritional Information: Not helpful at all -- I had to contact them repeatedly -- they are back to their old ways.

Health Score: (***)
Best Bet: Of the breakfast options (on flights of 3 ? hours or more) your best bet is the Breakfast Snack, which has light yogurt and a fresh banana. In terms of snack boxes, the Travel Treat is a good option because of the tuna and the raisins, and it's also low in calories. Delta also offers a fruit and cheese plate that's available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The cheese is very high in calories, but it's still a nice option if you skip the crackers; at least you're getting some nutritional benefit from what you're eating. Skip the turkey, egg salad and Canadian bacon croissant at all costs. For lunch/dinner options, there is the veggies and ranch -- nice, low in calories, but watch that ranch dressing! Also, I don't think this will be very filling. The roast beef (eastbound) and turkey sliders (westbound) are both high in calories.


Snack and Meal Choices:
A la Carte Snacks
  • Pretzels (45 calories, 12 minutes of walking).
  • Peanuts (70 calories, 18 minutes of walking).
  • Biscoff Cookies (120 calories, 31 minutes of walking).
  • Pringles $3.00 (375 calories, 97 minutes of walking).
  • Peanut M&M's $2.00 (480 calories, 125 minutes of walking).
  • Bentley's Popcorn $2.00 (180 calories, 47 minutes of walking).
Snack Boxes
 
Travel Treats: $5.00
Bumble Bee Chicken Salad with Cranberries (110 calories), Pepperidge Farm Wheat Crisps (230 calories), Rondele Peppercorn Parmesan Cheese Spread (70 calories), Walkers Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookie (90 calories), Sun-Maid Raisins (45 calories). Total = 545 calories, 142 minutes of walking.
 
Flight Delights: $5.00
Pita chips (130 calories), Hummus (63 calories), Dried Apricots (70 calories), Glazed Almonds with Cranberries (112 calories), Chocobillys Chocolate Chunk Cookies (130 calories). Total = 505 calories, 131 minutes of walking.

Breakfast

Fruit & Cheese Plate $6.00 (Available breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Aged Cheddar, Havarti and Smoked Fontina, Green Grapes, Pecan Halves, Dried Apricots and Crackers. Total = 475 calories, 123 minutes of walking (estimated by Diet Detective Staff Nutrition Expert).

Breakfast Snack $3.00
Breyers Light Yogurt (assorted flavors) (250 calories), Nature Valley Oats 'n Honey Granola Bar (90 calories), Fresh Banana (90 calories). Total = 430 calories, 112 minutes of walking.

Turkey, Egg Salad and Turkey Canadian Bacon on Croissant $7.00
Boar's Head Mesquite Wood Smoked Turkey (60 calories), topped with Egg Salad (175 calories) and Grilled Turkey Canadian Bacon (261 calories) on a Croissant (345 calories). Total = 841 calories, 218 minutes of walking.

Lunch / Dinner

Fruit and Caramel $3.50
Braeburn (47 calories), and Granny Smith Apples (47 calories), Red Grapes (30 calories), and a Caramel Dipping Sauce (138 calories). Total = 262 calories, 68 minutes of walking.

Mile-High Turkey Sliders $8.00
Three Multigrain Slider Buns (300 calories), filled with Boar's Head Ovengold Turkey (83 calories), Romaine Lettuce (4 calories), sliced Roma Tomatoes (15 calories) and Turkey Bacon (321 calories) with Jalape?o Ranch Dressing on the side (237 calories). Total = 960 calories, 249 minutes of walking.

Veggies and Ranch $3.50
Carrot Sticks (11 calories), Celery Sticks (2 calories) and Red Pepper Slices (12 calories) with Tomatoes (6 calories) and Cucumber Slices (0 calories) and a side of Ranch Dressing (109 calories). Total = 142 calories, 37 minutes of walking. ;

Italian Roast Beef with Fontina on Focaccia $8.00
Boar's Head Italian Style Roast Beef (91 calories) on a bed of Baby Spinach (3 calories), topped with Fontina Cheese (83 calories) and Red Onion (6 calories). Served on Sun-Dried Tomato Focaccia (360 calories) with Basil-Pesto Spread (138 calories). Total = 681 calories, 177 minutes of walking.

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