Airline food has never been an aspect of travel that passengers look forward to, and for good reason. Does a cold hamburger topped with two onion slices and a dash of mustard sound enticing to you? Or how about ham with scrambled eggs that resembles a gelatinous glob held together with the strength of silly puddy? Airline food has become laughable on social media sites like Facebook where sharing these photos gets amusing comments.
Revealed first by prime time news magazine program 20/20, government documents have exposed over 1500 FDA health violations in less than four years within the airline industry. The truth is however that it's easier to make high altitude cuisine look good than taste good.
According to celebrity Miami chef Michelle Bernstein, "When up in the air at 30,000 feet, you lose about 30-50% of your palette." Due to the altitude, taste buds are numbed by the air pressure and the nose dries out due to a lack of moisture in the cabin air. And since open flames are impossible in-flight, everything must be cooked in advance and simply re-heated on board in warming ovens or microwaves. Fortunately the winds of change have arrived but perhaps not soon enough.
Delta Airlines recently announced a new partnership with LYFE Kitchen to serve snacks provided by the burgeoning lifestyle-food brand, now popular on social media. A new nonstop hourly route between San Francisco (SFO) and Los Angeles (LAX) International Airports will commence on September 3. There will be a rotating menu of complimentary healthy snacks served on this Delta Shuttle service including multi seed muffins, sunflower seed butter, Chia ricotta, rosemary almonds, fresh fruit and vegetables, herb aioli, edamame hummus, and pita chips. Hopefully this a sign of more changes to come.
LYFE Kitchen is a lifestyle food brand based in California, whose moniker stands for Love Your Food Everyday. The healthy restaurant chain already has two locations open in California with a third on the way and a Chicago site in-progress as well. All meals they serve include less than 600 calories and 1,000mg of sodium.
Every entrée on the menu lists not only the caloric intake and sodium content, but ingredients and nut allergy information as well. And perhaps the best part is that not a single plate in their restaurants costs more than $14. LYFE uses organic foods whenever possible and responsibly raised meats, and sources from local vendors. They aim to be the brand that reflects their customer’s values toward health, community and sustainability.
There are many benefits to eating healthy beyond the most notable one: weight loss. A diet rich with ingredients like those served at LYFE also leads to improved mood, fewer cravings, fewer wrinkles, and a healthy smile. It also induces increased knowledge, as healthy eating requires education to make the right choices.
As a result, better informed nutrition decisions await you down the road. Delta Airlines is clearly acting as a leader in their industry by making the better choice themselves to serve their passengers with healthier dietary options. Surely their competitors are likely to follow.