Making healthy meal choices on a daily basis is challenging enough, but eating healthy while traveling can really prove to be a major challenge. Aside from temptation, lack of time and preparation makes it difficult to stay on the right track. While it may be impossible for you to avoid a trip to the airport on your next vacation, it is possible to make smart decisions when it comes to airport eating.
Fill Up On Healthy Foods Before You Leave
Avoid temptation by simply filling up on a nutritious and healthy meal before you leave for the airport. This will prevent you from making a rash and unhealthy choice simply because you are feeling hungry. Foods that are rich in fiber or protein will keep you feeling fuller for a longer period of time. Almonds and oatmeal are great choices.
Pack Your Own Foods
If you would prefer to avoid airport food altogether, consider packing your own snacks. Make your snack choices simple and try to avoid overly processed foods. Fruits, such as apples and bananas, are excellent snacks. Not only will they provide you with vital nutrients, but they will also curb hunger cravings.
Know Your Options
Before you leave for the airport, do some research on which restaurants are available both in and outside the hotel, after all, you never know when your flight may be cancelled. I had a recent layover in Boston and when the flight home was cancelled I was stuck in the city over night. Fortunately, I found a great site that listed reviews for all the Boston hotel and restaurants. This kind of information can be a lifesaver. Take a look at a map of the airport and plan out your route if possible. This can help you avoid other unhealthy restaurants that may tempt you along the way. In many cases, restaurants will make their menus available for online viewing. This can help you make the best decision possible once you arrive at the airport.
Take Your Time
If you are planning on eating at the airport, provide yourself with some extra time to sit down and enjoy your meal. Regardless of how healthy the meal is, rushing the eating process can cause digestive discomfort. This can wind up making your flight very uncomfortable. Sit down, relax and savor your meal.
Staying hydrated is a great way to prevent overeating as it tricks the mind into thinking that the stomach is full. At the same time, it will also keep your energy levels up, which is crucial when traveling.
Make The Right Choices
Making the right food choices is ultimately the most important thing. Choosing a healthy salad over burgers and fries can help you stay energized while traveling. Of course, there are also other things that need to be considered. For example, a simple salad can quickly turn into an unhealthy meal if high calorie dressings and toppings are added. Vinaigrette dressings tend to be the simplest and healthiest choices. Sandwiches can also be made healthier by skipping the mayonnaise or other high calorie condiments. Keep your food choices as simple and natural as possible.
Prevent Digestive Distress
It is easy to get carried away when eating at the airport. After all, there are so many different choices available. Unfortunately, making the wrong choices can wind up causing major digestive distress. Avoid eating foods that are fried or rich in fat. Crackers, yogurt and fresh vegetables can help you avoid digestive issues. It is also best to avoid drinking alcohol, coffee or other acidic drinks. Instead, opt for soothing beverages such as tea or ginger ale.
Although it may be a challenge to make healthy choices when eating in an airport, it is certainly not an impossible task. Taking the time to research your options and following the above mentioned tips can go a long way in helping you stay on the right track.
Guest post written by Cole Millen, a health specialist and frequent traveler. Check out her website HERE for more healthy travel tips!