Holidays are busy times in the sky, and not just because Santa is making deliveries. With many of us crisscrossing the country to be with loved ones, airports are congested bottlenecks we all have to pass through. And since we arrive with plenty of time to kill, just in case lines will be longer than the usual long, hunger sets in while we wait to board our flight.
Many of us rely on airport fare. Aside from being exorbitantly expensive, most food served at airports is not that healthy. According to this article in USA Today, more healthy options are being made available each year. And there are rare gems in various airports.
Chicago O’Hare has a burrito place at the American Airlines Terminal. Numerous airports have sushi places (watch the sodium though). And most cafe type shops offer fresh fruit, fruit bowls, and yogurt for sale.
With a little planning and forethought, you can bring your own food to the airport (and the flight), and settle in to your terminal seat waiting for your flight.
Here are some ideas:
- Bring your own sandwiches
- Pack apples and bananas – they don’t get squished as much as other fruit while schlepping all your luggage.
- Pack your own trail mix – nuts, seeds, dried fruit. A great emergency stash that can last for weeks hidden in your bag.
- If you hate paying for bottled water, you are allowed to pass an empty bottle through security and then fill up at a water fountain on the other side.
- We’d love to recommend yogurt too, but security won’t let that through (yep,we tried). So eat your yogurt at home.
What are your tips and tricks for nutrition at the airport?