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Our Fave Airport Picks + Tips for Healthy Eating On the Go - Mumberry

Posted on 16 May 2016

Let’s face it- traveling wears. you. out. Especially if you’re suffering from the fluctuating hormones, hot flashes, and discomforts of pregnancy. Combine that travel fatigue with rushing from gate-to-gate and dealing with flight delays or long layovers (and maybe an angry fellow passenger or two) and you’re less likely to make a good diet choice. (Studies actually prove this!)

When you’re experiencing all these stressors, you’re more likely to give in to the convenience of grabbing something simple and quick like chips, sweets, and sodas. It’s harder to think about healthy options that seem few and far between as you’re rushing from one end of the airport to the other to catch your connecting flight!

Well. STOP RIGHT THERE! We’ve compiled a list of our favorite airport picks and general tips for you to use while traveling. Using these lists to help you navigate the airport and make good choices will keep you fueled for those seemingly never-ending days of travel.

Our Fave Airport Picks:

 

  • Starbucks: Maybe not the first place you’d think of since you’re cutting back on caffeine these days, but this chain actually has a lot of healthy options, complete with nutrition information. Add a cup of calming hot chamomile tea or fresh iced green tea for a little pick-me-up, too!

    • - Whole-Grain Oatmeal (you can opt for some add-ins like nuts, fruit, or brown sugar for extra flavor and health)

    • - Spinach, Feta, and Cage-Free Egg White Breakfast Wrap

  • Jamba Juice: These guys might not have your usual go-to smoothie from their non-airport locations, but they have a few healthy options for your convenience.

    • - Turkey Sausage ‘N Cheese breakfast wrap

    • - Acai super antioxidant smoothie (with a zinc and antioxidant boost)

    • - Amazing Greens smoothie

  • McDonalds: Not known for it’s healthy options, it’s possible to avoid completely blowing it here. Skip the Big Mac and Fries and go for some fresher, leaner options instead.

    • - Premium Bacon Ranch Salad with Grilled Chicken, light on the dressing

    • - Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait
  • Dunkin’ Donuts: If hubby insists on succumbing to this one, instead of a donut, try this more balanced breakfast option.

    • - Egg White Veggie Flatbread

  • Fresh Healthy Café: This chain even has healthier kids combos to keep your little tykes fueled and less likely to go into meltdown mode.

    • - Build-your-own protein bowls with quinoa, chicken breast, spinach, red pepper, black beans, avocado, and balsamic vinaigrette dressing

    • - Kale Vegetarian wrap

  • Smashburger: Not everyone’s out to eat healthy in the airport, so if you want to make friends with your travel buddies, grab a salad here while they grab a burger. Everyone wins!

    • - Harvest Salad

    • - Classic chicken sandwich with mustard instead of mayo

  • Au Bon Pain: Not as well known, this chain has quite a few healthy and fast options for travelers at a few different airports throughout the US

    • - Chicken Cobb Salad with Avocado

Tips for healthier travel:

  • - Bring an empty water bottle- make it through security and then fill up the bottle for free in the terminal to stay hydrated throughout your trip

  • - Make your own trail mix that contains less salt, and more of your favorites. The fat will keep you satiated, and those omega-3s don’t hurt anyone. Just make sure you treat this as a small snack, and not a meal.

  • - Pack on the protein- protein will help keep you full and allow you to power through your day, whereas processed foods are more likely to satisfy you in the moment and leave you hungry shortly after

  • - Make your own protein plate- pack a small lunch box with cubed cheeses, slices of turkey, and grapes or other fruit

  • - Eat as close to your normal meal times as possible- this will help you stay on a schedule and make better choices

  • - Bring an emergency snack- for when your flight gate gets moved to the other end of the airport and there’s no time to stop for a healthy snack, you’ll already be prepared

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