Where Can You Find Healthy Airport Food?

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Looking for healthy airport food? Try an egg sandwich, preferably with veggies.

We all know that feeling of rushing to catch a flight and searching for something—anything—that resembles healthy airport food.

You truly can find healthy airport food if you know where to look. Here are some smart suggestions:

Eggs in Any Form

The MyDomaine blog asked a registered dietician what she chooses at the airport, and a top choice was eggs. Many restaurants, even chains, offer breakfast all day. A veggie omelet or an egg sandwich is likely a healthier choice than a fast-food option. Or seek out hard-boiled eggs for a healthy snack. Source: MyDomaine

Research Healthy Restaurants

There’s a lot to learn on this subject from Millennials. The Under30Experiences blog just published a list of 30 healthy restaurants at the following airports ATL, CLT, CMH, DAL, DFW, HOU, IAH, LGA, JFK, and LAX. Check it out!

Make Your Own Sandwich

Many restaurants, such as Au Bon Pain, will let you design your own sandwich from healthy options such as multigrain bread or baguettes, all natural chicken, oven roasted turkey and guacamole. Or try Au Bon Pain’s Chicken Caesar Asiago salad (260 calories, 490mg sodium) with Light Olive Oil Vinaigrette (110 calories, 10 g fat, 420mg sodium). Source: Cooking Light

Hummus, Please

A grab-and-go hummus platter could help whittle your waistline: Hummus-eaters have a waist circumference that’s 2 inches smaller than their chickpea-avoidant counterparts, and they’re 51 percent less likely to have high blood sugar. Source: Travel & Leisure

Yogurt + Fruit

Yogurt is generally a healthy snack and readily available, but stay away from those prepackaged yogurts with fruit compote and granola. Adding just a half a cup of granola to your yogurt ups the calorie count by 100 calories. Choose a banana instead.

A Step in the Right Direction

HMS Host, which has a presence in more than 120 airports globally, launched an initiative earlier this year: “Eat Well. Travel Further.” It’s at 11 United States airports including Newark, Nashville and Seattle and expected to roll out to more in coming months. There are five bento boxes, each under 500 calories, such as a vegan box with a lentil and chickpea salad and veggie chips, as well as snacks (kale chips, roasted chickpeas and hummus with crudités) and 30 different healthy drinks. Source: The New York Times

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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.