Diet Friendly Airport Food

For many people, the summer months are an ideal time to jet off on a vacation. I am the type to arrive at the airport over 2 hours before my flight, which means that not only do I have a lot of time to kill, but also that I need to eat a meal or heavy snack before I board the plane. Luckily, in most major airports it IS possible to eat healthy while traveling. See below for some of my go-to airport foods from recent travels.

Bush Intercontinental Airport (Terminal E):

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^^ IAH has a great variety of eateries and healthy selections, but above is quite a gem. I found an eatery in terminal E selling made-to-order tossed salads, with the option of organic lettuce! Salads are always a healthy choice, but stale grab and go salads aren’t always super tempting. With the made-to-order option, not only was I able to choose my favorite toppings, but I was also in control over how much dressing and other toppings were used. This salad (organic greens + chicken + mandarin oranges + onion + teeny tiny bit of feta + tiny bit of balsamic) was my pre-flight lunch.

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^^ In flight snack: Kashi bar + water bottle (from one of the magazine shops)

Logan Airport (Terminal A):

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^^ Pre flight power lunch: Small Wendy’s Chili & water bottle. The small chili has only 180 calories, with a whopping 4g fiber and 13g protein. As much as fast food creeps me out, this chili is a rather lean option. Plus, I’m always cold at airports, so warm meals are a welcome bonus.

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^^ In flight snack: Fruit cup, water bottle, and Luna bar. Admittedly, the Luna Bar is something I packed from home. If you have a favorite bar or non-liquid snack, I recommend you do the same! There is no guarantee that the airport will have what you’re craving. The fruit cup was from Lucky’s to go (I picked around the cantaloupe and mostly just ate the strawberries and pineapple), and the water bottle was left over from lunch.

Other options:

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^^ Nuts and dried fruit are healthy to snack on, and are usually pretty easy to find at the airport. Just remember that packages of this size often contain multiple servings. So feel free to share with your travel buddies, or seal it and keep it in your purse throughout your travels.

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^^ Most airports tend to have a pretty good selection of bars, including Kind bars, Clif bars, and Kashi bars, just to name a few. These bars make a good on the go snack, just make sure to check the nutritional label before you purchase. If you are like me and have a specific preference (love Luna!), pack your own from home.

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^^ Legal Seafoods in terminal A has a great selection of salads, fruit salads, and even shrimp cocktail. Healthy and delicious!

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^^ Fresh, whole fruits are usually available in at least one location in most airport terminals. It’s not exactly farmers’ market quality, but it is still a healthy option to power you through your travels.

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^^ Don’t forget to stay hydrated! Bringing an empty, reusable water bottle from home is the most eco-friendly option, but luckily, water bottles are abundant at most airports. My on flight pick when the drink cart rolls by? Hot tea!

What are your favorite airport snacks and meals? How do you stay healthy during traveling?

– Kelly

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3 thoughts on “Diet Friendly Airport Food

  1. Kari says:

    Good tips! I like to bring a bag of home-mixed trail mix on flights (usually some combination of almonds and dried fruit). I also like to get tomato juice for my in-flight drink… a lot of sodium, but its yummy and as filling as a small snack, so double bonus!

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