Airplane food has always been the subject of many jokes due to its notorious poor quality. However, airlines are trying very hard to smash this misconception and give passengers a quality dining experience while up in the air. One airline, in particular, has produced a meal that isn’t just tasty and nutritional, it reduces stress levels.
Monarch is the airline in question and has picked up on the high demand for healthy, flavorsome food. People don’t just want to get to their destination; they want to enjoy the journey. Of course, the immune system needs all the help it can get when one is stuck on a plane with all sorts of people.
Moreover, there is now doubt that traveling can be a stressful experience. What happens if you miss your flight? How about losing your luggage? The possibilities for a stressful time are endless. This is why Monarch came up with the idea of giving the passenger such a meal.
It was chef Jozef Youssef who came up with the idea while teaming up with Charles Spence, a professor from the Univesity Of Oxford. One thing’s for sure: the starter is bound to take you by surprise. It’s ice cream. However, it’s more than that – it’s flavor is licorice.
While this might sound strange, there is a reason for this whacky choice of flavor. Basically, licorice is useful due to its anti-inflammatory properties. “Most passengers think of white or pale colors with the ice cream. This may also help to distract passengers from their chaotic journey whilst also surprising them and playing into childlike nostalgia,” Spence said.
Once one has finished their ice cream, they will be supplied with an assortment of teas, including green tea and chamomile tea. The latter is helps to prevent bloating, while the former has many antioxidants. Passengers will also get to eat seaweed biscuits and lavender rice cakes.