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What to Eat at the Airport

By Sara Butler

Travel is exciting. Getting on a plane that can quickly fly you hundreds, if not thousands, of miles is just fun. But no matter how thrilling the airport is, it’s also like one big impulse buy. You’re surrounded by unhealthy foods that are difficult to resist. Plus, the airport itself can be full of long hours of waiting -- and when you get bored, you may try to fill the void with food.

There are good things you can eat at the airport if you know where to look. Here are a few things you should consider to keep you healthy and protect your digestive system health as you ready yourself for the long hours of travel that await you.

Bring Snacks

You may not be able to transport liquids (so soup or smoothies are out unless you eat it right before going through security), but there are several things you can take with you that are healthy. If you don’t want to bring an entire meal, pack your bag with snacks such as snap peas, almonds, popcorn, dried fruit, or homemade trail mix. Save money and regret by opting for your own snacks instead of what you can find at the airport!

Fresh Fruits

Airports are filled with all kinds of food options. It’s likely you can easily find some apples or bananas somewhere, even in a small airport. A bonus is that fresh fruit can also help you calm your sweet tooth. So, if you can find blueberries, oranges, pears, or apples, then you’re in business!

Yogurt

When you’re traveling, it can really throw your digestive system out of whack. That’s why, if you can find yogurt, you should eat it. It’s a high-protein snack that helps you feel fuller for longer and also delivers a dose of good bacteria to keep your system balanced.

If you can, then you should opt for full-fat yogurt -- Greek is best. If you can’t find that, make sure you don’t just grab the first sweetened nonfat yogurt you can find without pairing it with something else. For the sake of satiety, try pairing it with a small bag of nuts.

Dark Chocolate

If your sweet travel tooth just won’t give up, then try to find some dark chocolate. It has less sugar than milk chocolate and also has antioxidants. So, if you’re going to indulge, do it as smartly as you can.

Be prepared when you travel to keep your health a priority. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Los Angeles, Calif.

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