Quick ideas for healthy eating while traveling:
Fruit and veggies. A good old apple, banana, or pre-sliced carrots and celery. If you haven’t
packed your own, you can find them everywhere from the juice bar to the
newsstand to the sandwich shop.
A protein-filled snack is a must. Good chance that a food kiosk will have Greek yogurt, individual portions
of cheese, hard-boiled eggs and even edamame. Need something heartier?
Starbucks offers great bistro boxes that make a healthy, protein-packed
meal and also offers Sous Vide Eggs Bites for a high protein snack that’s
both delicious and convenient. KIND, Zing, and Lara bars are all great
in terms of offering natural ingredients and good source of protein and
Breakfast type options. An individual oatmeal pack with peanut or almond butter is a quick and
healthy option on the go. Justin’s individual packets of nut butters
are great when you’re on the go. Available at most snack shops,
food stands or you can easily bring from home.
Jerky and Nuts. Beef or Turkey Jerky is a great high protein snack. Country Archer Jerky
or Chef’s Choice Jerky has minimal all natural ingredients and offers
a nonperishable option to reserve for those long flights. Any mix of roasted
or raw nuts such as almonds, walnuts, cashews provide a great source of
healthy fat and protein to keep you full and avoid tempting sweets while
waiting for your delayed flights. Just remember to get unsalted!
"Gourmet" options. If you’re in a more fancy-schmancy airport terminal (which could be
any airport terminal these days), you might be able to find gourmet food stands
with snacks like individual portions of hummus with sliced bell peppers
or carrots, natural peanut butter with apple slices, popcorn, olives,
cheese plates or seaweed snacks.
Salad. If you’ve got time for a sit-down meal, your healthiest option will
be a salad or any veggies with lean protein. From Chick-fil-A and Au Bon
Pain to Friday’s to various celeb chefs' restaurants like Wolfgang
Puck, you can find salads that range from simple and basic to those featuring
grilled chicken or salmon (available on top or on the side).
Pack your few go-to foods, hunt down a few more and buy (or bring) a big
bottle of water. (Hydration is key when traveling to avoid puffiness,
retain skin moisture, and help recover more quickly from jet lag!)
By Dani Rodriguez-Brindicci, MS, RDN
Clinical Registered Dietitian Nutritionist