Airport Food Hacks
My favorite things to grab when I arrive at the airport hangry and unprepared:
-Nuts! You can find bags of these at newsstands, coffee shops and kiosks in the airport. Try to find unflavored, unsalted and raw. The healthy fats from nuts are so satisfying and will keep you from eating your seatmates arm until you have your next full meal. Check the ingredient list on the back of the package and try to find the one with the least ingredients!
-Jerky. Also found at newsstands and kiosks. I crave protein. From meat. Jerky always feels like a treat to me, (I think because we would get it for vacation when I was growing up) so I always savor every bite. This helps satisfy my carnivorous ways when I’m 30,000ft in the air.
-Fruit. Whatever coffee chain (ahem, Starbucks) is in your local airport, usually has a basket/bucket/barrel of fruit for sale- such as bananas, apples and maybe oranges? Grab one of those. It’s real food.
-To-go, please! I like to peruse the menus at restaurants in the airport. I’ll find an appetizer or a side dish and order it to go. A lot of restaurants will have a veggie/pita/hummus appetizer, I ask them to hold the bread, add extra veg and pack it to go. If that’s not available, I’ll find a side of veggies they offer and bring that on the plane. If you need something more substantial, order a meal and bring it with.
-WATER! It’s 2017, so you should have a refillable water bottle that you bring with you everywhere, but if you don’t (shame on you) get a large bottle from one of the shops or kiosks near your gate. Try to drink the whole thing, then refill, before boarding your plane. Not only is air travel extremely dehydrating, but you never know if the plane you are about to board is insanely hot, or if you’ll experience turbulence prohibiting a beverage service. Basically, you never know when you’ll get another sip of water, so bring some.
When you don’t make your own food, it becomes more challenging to know what’s in it. That leads to a higher chance of consuming processed foods, additives and preservatives. When we eat those things, our body has a harder time deconstructing it and finding nutrients, thus slowing us down, making us uncomfortable and possibly sick. Traveling is already throwing your system off any semblance of “normal,” so try to give it fuel it knows how to use!