Meal Planning Monday ~ Navigating Airport Food


This week’s blog post is by Christine Luken.

 Two weekends ago, I went on a whirlwind trip to Los Angeles to film an interview for the upcoming Diet Free Life infomercial!  I had the opportunity to tell my story about how I lost 15 pounds and kept it off for two years, plus took five inches off my muffin-top with Diet Free Life’s exclusive Carb Stepping process.  I flew out of Cincinnati on Friday morning and was back home by late afternoon on Sunday.  The trip was an absolute blast, but I must admit that navigating the food choices at the airport was a bit of a challenge.

 If you’ve flown lately, you know that airport food can be expensive and potentially unhealthy.  One of the tenants of a Diet Free Lifestyle is eating a meal or snack every two to three hours to keep your metabolism running on high.  This can be tricky when you are rushing to catch a connection or are on a flight that’s more than three hours long.  Whether you are trying to eat healthy or  attempting to save money (or both!) during your air travels, I’ve got some great tips for you.


  • Snacks – It’s a no-brainer to pack some snacks in your purse, briefcase, or carry-on luggage before you head to the airport.  I brought several Clif Mojo bars and snack-sized baggies of mixed nuts on my trip.  Both of these options have a good blend of protein, carbs, and fat to satisfy my hunger.  Other great snack options include fruits such as apples and bananas, or dried fruit.  One of my seat mates ate a banana with almond butter (from a convenient travel packet).  You can purchase decent snacks on the plane, but expect to take a blow to your wallet.  Bring more snacks than you think you’ll need!  You never know when you’ll experience a travel snag and need something to tie you over until your next meal.


  • Meals – It’s rare to be served a meal on an airplane these days, so it’s likely you’ll have to fend for yourself.  I ate a good meal before heading to the airport, which is always a good idea.  On my downtime between connections, I searched for some decently healthy meal options.  Try to avoid anything highly processed or full of sodium, if you can.  A turkey or roast beef sandwich on whole wheat bread with lettuce and tomato is a good choice.  At my layover in Houston, I had a grilled chicken salad.  The goal is to satisfy your hunger without feeling uncomfortably stuffed.


  • Water – Since you can’t take more than 3 ounces of water through airport security, you’re going to have to buy some in the terminal.  Yes, it’s pricey, but necessary to keep yourself hydrated.  Don’t rely on the in-flight drink service to supply you with enough fluids.  I always carry on a huge bottle of water, sometimes two of them, to make sure I don’t get dehydrated.  Be cautious with alcoholic beverages and salty snacks on your plane ride.  Those will surely cause a dehydration double-whammy.


Wherever you are flying to this summer, remember that you can make your travels more enjoyable by applying your meal-planning know how to your trip.  I’d love to hear your tips for eating healthy and cheaply while flying!