12 Most Healthy Food Choices in an Airport
With the increase in flight delays and layovers when we travel, passengers find themselves spending more time in airports – including meal time. While the food tends to be less than stellar, there are healthy options that can keep you energized or help you sleep. These options will keep you satisfied and nourished.
1. Starbucks Perfect Oatmeal
Steel-cut oats keep you full for ages, and add nuts for a protein boost. It’s a healthy offset to your pumpkin spice latte.
2. Dunkin Donuts Egg White Flatbread
Definitely the least nefarious choice on Dunkin’s menu, it packs a protein punch – and it’s delicious.
3. Turkey sandwich
Here’s one of my favorite tricks. Remove half the turkey from the sandwich (they always put too much), and place the turkey into a baggie for later. When you’re hungry, squeeze some mustard onto the turkey slice and roll it up for a tasty, protein-rich snack.
Stay away from the creamy ones and pick vegetable rich ones. Skip the oyster crackers and Saltines.
5. Bagel & cream cheese
Yes, a bagel – but perhaps not in the way you’re used to eating it. Instead of ordering a bagel sandwich, just order a bagel of your choice, sliced, with cream cheese on the side. Using your fingers, hollow out your bagel (leaving some of the bread inside) and spread a thin layer of cream cheese inside the hollow. It packs all the satisfaction of the bagel, but with half the carbs and fat.
6. Fresh fruit
Pick the fruits that look the freshest – apples are a great choice during this time of the year. They also serve as natural breath fresheners. Stay away from pre-packaged fruit cups if you can, as they can be mushy, old, and generally unsatisfying.
7. Flatbread sandwich
The last thing you need before sitting for hours is a heavy dose of carbs, so opt for wraps or flatbreads in your sandwiches. Pick water-rich vegetables (they help with hydration) and protein (to keep you full longer) for your sandwich options.
Creamy, full of protein, it can satisfy your sweet tooth and also help you sleep before a red-eye. Choose Greek yogurt if available, and select flavors with the least amount of sugar.
9. Pop Chips
Try to avoid salty foods pre-flight (which cause in and post-flight bloat), but Pop Chips are the lesser of these sodium-laden evils.
Quite obvious. Pick vinaigrette instead of creamy dressing, and skip the croutons.
11. Granola bars
Opt for ones with few ingredients, and ones you can pronounce. Nature’s Valley and Kashi are great picks. Pack them in your carry-on before you leave the house.
Pack an empty bottle in your carry-on and fill it up when you pass through security, or order a venti water at Starbucks with your latte (the water is triple-filtered, and they’ll charge you $1 at the most).
So use this guide to pick a healthy option next time you head to the airport to make your flight time a happier experience!
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