Finding a #noyokeairportsnack: The seemingly impossible challenge
“What’s a healthy snack to get at the airport? There’s a Hudson News and many things look healthy. But, I’m skeptical since I’ve heard it’s mostly junk. I’m trying to lose weight or at least maintain my figure. What kind of healthy airport snacks do you recommend?”
Great question, busy traveler.
Nearly every snack at the airport is junk. Most of the nuts are drenched in oil. The bars are glorified candy. Even the smoothies are as healthy as iced cream. So it takes a little work: Bring your own or find the diamonds in the rough.
BYO airport snacks that clear security
Your best bet for healthy airport snacks is to always “bring your own.” If you’re leaving from home, packing is pretty easy. Here’s some snacks that will always clear security:
- Homemade granola bars
- Trail mix
- A Tupperware full of salad, quinoa and veggies about to go bad?
Take advantage of your clients
Most client offices have snacks for the taking. Take them. They’re destined for your briefcase or the trash can. Same thing with hotels.
And if you’re able to expense your meals, snacks are fair game.
“In 5 years of consulting, I never had a “healthy snack” rejected on my expense report. Seriously, load up on Kind Bars, bananas and veggie protein powder. It’s the least your client can do, right?”
Where to find healthy snacks in the concourse
Airport concourse are like healthy-snacking mine fields. One wrong step and you’re double-fisting breakfast burritos. For a crazy eater like me, navigating the concourse is tough.
Here are some healthy airport snack ideas by location.
- Raw almonds. The rack of snacks will always have raw almonds. The key is to make sure they’re raw. No raw, no go.
- Kind bars. They’re all-natural and will fill you up without making you feel full. The only downside is the cost. Kind bars are expensive. But what isn’t expensive at the airport?
- Water. Bottles of water are my best friend at the airport. Flying dehydrates you like crazy. Plus, with all the down time, why not spending it hydrating.
- Dried fruit. Just be sure there’s no added sugar.
Oatmeal and bananas are the standouts at Starbucks. They quietly sell tons of junk. The good thing is that there’s one every few gates.
Some coffee shops will have fresh fruit, too.
Healthy snacks on the plane
Airplanes are filled with boogers, farts and vomit-filled sacks. The snack options are no exception. They’re gross. Might as well fast.
But if you’re flying Southwest airlines, you’re in luck. They have cans of non-sparkling, non-flavored water.
“There’s no more enjoyable way to drink water than chugging it from a wide-mouth can. It brings me back to my college days. Bottoms up, chug, and crush.”
Snacks to avoid
The list could go on forever. And I don’t want you to confuse you. Basically, if it’s in the airport and not listed above, it’s probably junk. Even if it’s made with a Vitamix
Healthy airport snacks are best packed in advance. If you must, find the diamond in the rough at Hudson news or something respectable at Starbucks or Potbelly.
CTA: Show off your #noyokeairportsnack on Instagram during your next trip.