This is the second part of my post from last week about what I eat from day to day. Travel days are THE WORST when it comes to staying healthy! Eating clean is so important for me. A lot of us think, oh I am traveling today, I deserve a day off of my eating plan. Well it took me a few years to realize, I cannot take travel days off… because I fly on over 200 flights a year. That is almost every single work day. I have a few tricks and tips for how I eat in airports and let me tell you it takes a lot of planning.
Breakfast: This is the worst meal to eat while in an airport. Everything airport restaurants serve is super carb heavy. The fruit options they do serve are pretty limited and have no color or are just weird melons. Airport breakfast meat is so greasy and has weird stuff in it… specifically when it is made in bulk at airport restaurants. My go-to is to grab two hard-boiled eggs, an apple or cup of berries and 20 oz of black coffee. MSP is the BEST airport for breakfast! Ever single one of their news stands has a refrigerated section with fresh options! It is my favorite to stop at in the morning. Quick tip, the Starbucks line at every airport is always about 15 minutes long in between the hours of 7:00 am and 9:00 am… if you are not too particular you can hit up a local coffee shop and only wait for 5 minutes!
Lunch: Now this meal gets tremendously easier. The only thing is that it gets boring… so boring. I try to never get the prepackaged meals that they sell in kiosks for a few different reasons. #1 – How long have they been there? Seriously, What is in that stuff to make it last for a week? Also, these ‘salads’ are really topping heavy and never have enough veggies. My favorite lunch in an airport is a Chipotle style place where you go through the line and pick and choose what you want. I also love Green Leaf’s, Vino Volo (bomb chicken salad) and Fresh To Order. My goals for lunch in an airport are leafy greens and protein.
Dinner: This is the most expensive but sometimes the most enjoyable. I generally try to stop at a restaurant (sit down) and order a meal “to go” to eat on my flight. I love Phillips Seafood where I can get a big chunk of salmon, some grilled veggies and a side salad! Perfect! Dallas Love has an awesome steakhouse called Sky Canyon where you can get a mean pork chop that will make you feel like you are home for at least one second. My goals for this meal are always, protein, a hot meal, and filling. Nothing is worse for me then arriving at my hotel starving at 10:00 at night, because that is when options are really limited.
Snacks: If you dug through my suitcase or my Neverfull you would find out my deep dark secret. I am a snack hoarder. Like a legit squirrel. I have snacks buried everywhere in my bag. You just never know when you are going to get stuck or arrive somewhere starving. I have coffee cups full of hardboiled eggs… Multiple apples, dried fruit, fruit leather, That’s It bars, baggies of broccoli and carrot sticks. I have a weird obsession with food… I know it is a problem. But I would rather lug around an apple for two days then get hangry on some college students. Also, when you cut out as much as I have from my diet, I go from okay to ravished in three seconds.
I know some of you are reading this and thinking… what is the point… give it a rest. My body is my tool, if I don’t fuel it appropriately it will take it’s toll in every other element of my life. Also, how will we ever change the culture of food in our airports and for our travelers until we start demanding better options?