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Eat Right before the Flight: Tips for Healthy Eating at the Airport

These days, most airlines don’t offer in-flight dining services unless you’re on an international flight. But, by the time you’ve checked in, gone through security and found your gate, you’re bound to be hungry. So, what can a health conscious person do to make better food choices at the airport? Lucky for you, airports have been really upping their game with their selection of fresh and healthy foods. Where there used to be only cinnamon rolls and fast food selections, you can now find fresh salads, soups, sandwiches, sushi and even organic and vegan options at most airports. This shift in choices paired with a little preparation on your part and it’s really not all that hard to maintain your healthy lifestyle while traveling to and from your destination.

Pack snacks

Not only is this healthier for you, it’s a cheaper option as well. TSA allows you to bring non-liquid food items through security. Take advantage of it! Some of our favorite healthy and security-safe options are granola, trail mix, nuts, popped popcorn, cheese and crackers, dried fruit and protein bars.

Bring an empty water bottle

Bottled water can set you back as much as $5/each at the airport. Save some money and stay hydrated by packing an empty water bottle with you and filling it up when you get through security.

Research ahead of time

As soon as you know which gate you are flying out of or know where your layover is going to be, do some quick research on the healthiest food options in that particular area. For the most part, airline websites have a list of where all of the restaurants, snack kiosks, stores etc. are located. Sometimes they even have menus online. Once you know what you are going to get, stick to it and don’t get distracted by any fast food or unhealthy options you pass on the way.

Avoid alcohol and caffeine

Avoid beverages that are sure to dehydrate you such as coffee and alcohol. Instead, make sure you are drinking plenty of water before and during your flight.

Eat how you would on a non-travel day

Don’t use traveling as an excuse to eat whatever you want. If you wouldn’t eat it when you aren’t traveling, why eat it at the airport?

Skip the sides

If you order a sandwich or salad, skip the sides (usually cookies, pop, fries and chips). These items are often full of empty calories that you just don’t need. Tacking them on to your order can turn a healthy meal into an unhealthy one really fast.

How do you stay healthy at the airport?

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