Airport Overeating

5 tips on how to avoid unhealthy snacking at the airport when traveling

By Shani Petroff

When I’m traveling, there are often new restaurants I want to try and special events I attend that involve food. However, one place I don’t want to waste any extra SmartPoints® values is the airport. Unfortunately, this has happened to me on more than one occasion. So now I  have an airport plan.

Fuel Up
I’m usually in a rush when I’m traveling. I don’t give myself a lot of time to get ready. Sometimes I wake up, grab my stuff, and go. Then when I get to the airport, I realize I’m hungry. Setting my alarm clock 15 minutes earlier and eating a healthy breakfast would have filled me up, powered me through the morning, and helped me avoid the unhealthy temptations at the airport.

Picking and Choosing
I’ve been stuck in terminals for more hours than I care to think about. In one instance I was supposed to be home at noon and wound up getting rerouted and not landing at my final destination until around midnight. I hadn’t expected to eat any meals at the airport, but I wound up having two. There weren’t a lot of nutritious options at the first terminal. Pizza, fast food, coffee, and a candy stand were the main attractions. I could’ve bought some fresh fruit, a prepared salad, or a bag of nuts, but I was grumpy and I allowed myself to go with the fries and a couple of candy bars. I regretted it. It wasn’t a treat. It was my falling back into bad habits. Next time I’m going with the salad. Or I’m coming prepared.

Carry It On
Since you never know when you’re going to get stuck, my new motto is better safe than sorry. My purse is going to have protein bars, cashews, healthy brownies (yes, they exist), apples, and other portable food stocked inside. I’m even going to take a yogurt (as long as I don’t let it sit out too long). On one recent trip, I put a yogurt in my liquids bag. Unfortunately, the container was too big and the TSA agent said a smaller yogurt would’ve gone through.  

Walk It Off
The upside of getting delayed at the airport is I have time to get my steps in. I’ve hit my steps goal a few times by just wandering around. It made me feel a little better about some of those extra SmartPoints values I ate, but my goal is to do the steps and stay within my budget!

From now on I’m going to make sure I get my trip off to a great start and end it in a similar fashion!

I’d love to hear from you. You can find me on Connect at @shani!  

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