airport food

If you’re a frequent traveler, you probably know how difficult it can be to find healthy options at the airport. Whether you choose to simply snack, or pull up a chair and dine in, knowing the do’s and don’ts of airport food is the easiest way to enjoy your flight without ruining your fitness plan. If you’ve already reached your destination, click here to discover the healthiest options at the hotel breakfast bar.

How to snack: According to WebMD, the easiest way to stay on track is to pack your own snack. While liquids must be bought after you pass through security, you can bring your own food aboard. Try packing fruits, veggies, crackers and granola bars to avoid being tempted. For a full list of grab and go snacks, click here. If you must purchase snacks inside, shoot for pretzels or nuts instead of chips or sweets, and always choose water over soda or fruit juices.

granola bars

How to order: If you prefer to dine in, try following these simple rules to fuel up without tipping the scale:

  • Stick to veggie toppings, whether it’s on a pizza or a sub. Veggies are lower in calories and fat, and the fiber will help to fill you up.
  • Opt for whole or multigrain breads.
  • Choose brown rice over white.
  • Say no to the bagel in favor of a breakfast burrito made with egg whites and low fat cheese.

veggie pizza

How to keep your Starbucks on the lighter side: Generally speaking, Starbucks is the go-to place for many travelers. To have your Starbucks without a side of guilt, remember these tiny tips:

  • Avoid the fancy coffee in favor of regular coffee with low-fat cream and a little Splenda.
  • If you must add a Frappuccino to your morning, make it no larger than a tall, and ask for all, “skinny options” such as light, nonfat, sugar-free and no whip cream.
  • Luckily, many Starbucks now list the calories on their baked goods. So if you do need a side of sweet to accompany your coffee, try one of these; low-fat cranberry apple muffin (290 calories), low-fat oat fruit scone (320 calories), reduced-fat banana dulce coffee cake (360 calories), reduced-fat blueberry coffee cake (310 calories), reduced-fat cinnamon swirl coffee cake (300 calories), reduced-fat orange crème coffee cake (320 calories). Click here for more healthy Starbucks options.

Photo Credit: Starbucks

So the next time you’re traveling, whether for business or pleasure, don’t let the airport be your diet downfall. By following these simple and helpful rules, you can still keep your hunger at bay without sending your calorie count into a downward spiral!