Ever wonder how dietitians include airport healthy eating in their travels?
Here are some airport healthy eating tips from some of Canada’s dietitians on the move:
Pierette Buklis, RD: Water! Unsalted nuts and/or granola bars from home. Fruit and lower fat yogurt can be found in most airport concessions now.
Michelle Shepherd, RD: I take an empty water bottle and fill it once I’m past security. I also pack homemade trail mix (nuts, dried fruit, and chocolate chunks) and sandwiches.
Michelle Latinsky, RD: I travel a lot for work and have learned to pack my own snacks in advance whenever possible (nuts, dried fruit, bars). Some airports have healthier options than others but I usually try to grab a salad, fruit, yogurt, and water before getting on the flight. Once you’re on board the options for healthy food are usually very limited!
Shahzadi Devje, RD: We travelled quite a bit with the kids last year, so had to consider (what to bring to eat). We took sandwiches with healthy fillings but wrapped in parchment paper as foil wasn’t allowed. Also, healthy dips: hummus with different beans and veggies incorporated as well as popcorn and crackers. Made some salads as well depending on length of journey.
Cara Rosenbloom, RD: I once had almond butter confiscated because it was considered ‘liquid’.
Stephanie Clairmont, RD: My low FODMAP travel snacks include: a sandwich made with gluten-free bread, turkey, vegetables, and mustard; Babybels or old cheddar with Mary’s crackers, homemade muffin and/or granola bar; clementines and grapes; nuts and seeds.
Andrea Miller-Mitchell, RD: I always pack food: nuts, dried fruit, cheese and crackers, fresh fruits etc. I buy a milk at the airport and take it on the plane with me.
As you can see, most of us try to bring our own snacks to the airport! But like most dietitians, we usually know where to go to find the healthy choices when we need to buy something.
So to give you a rundown of the snacks my colleagues and I bring, here you go:
- Trail mix
- Dried fruit (I love Medjool dates stuffed with goat cheese or by themselves)
- Fruit (of course!)
- Cheese and crackers
- Homemade granola bars
- Homemade muffin