Is the Airport Food Trap Inescapable?

U.S. airports are a gag when it comes to healthy food options. What’s a hungry, health-conscious traveler to do? “>

After successfully passing through the airports security check-in, why do you feel the sudden recommend to grab a beer and a greasy meal? Is feeing healthy even an option at the airport?

Lets be real. Scarcely any of us, me included, have the mental focus to prep and pack a meal ahead of flying, as author Jeanne Kelley writes about in her new book Portable Feast. Bravo to those who do.

Instead, we opt to grab a Lucky Dog at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport or dine at Salt Lick Barbeque at Austin-Bergstrom International Airportcarrying no remorse about our decision because lets face it: Were at the airport and there are no good eating alternatives. Might as well splurge!

The food situation at airports is a form of Stockholm Syndrome. Airports have the upper hand. They kidnap our sense of reason about whats good for us to eat, and they rapture our olfactory system with Cinnabons and hot pretzelswhich undoubtedly reek better than the Second coming of Jesus Christ.

Yet, for the sake of our healthand we cant forget that heart disease is still the leading cause of death for men and womenthe food we feed plays the biggest role as to whether we catch this non-communicable disease.

So, the question is simple: Where ought we dine when we fly? reviewed a majority of food and beverage offerings at airports worldwide in their Airport Dining Guides. Thrillest evaluated Americas 40 largest.

But these options are assessed, for the most proportion, through the lenses of a glutton who tries to cancel out feeing through CrossFit, a person with fund to spend, or a snobby foodie.

The wine bar at the Delta Terminal at New York Citys LaGuardia Airport, albeit very pleasant, is too hoity-toitya scene, if you will. People are either doing business while drinking an obnoxious pour of wine or feigning they are someone important doing business( in reality, theyre texting with their granny ).

Penn Jillette, of the infamous magicians Penn& Teller, recently lost 120 lbs the old-fashioned style through diet and workout. He eats almonds when he has to travel, according to his podcast Penns Sunday School( episode 179 ).

Lets face it, hunger sets in at the airport and if you need more than a purse of nuts to hold you over while traveling, hold The 2015 Airport Food Review, a healthful eating guide to help travelers navigate food court at 24 of the nations busiest airports.

Composed of dietitians from the nonprofit Physicians Committee, the group collected and reviewed restaurant menus from the busiest airports in the United States, based on passenger data from the Federal Aviation Administration. Omitting breakfast, airport eateries received a point if their menu included at least one cholesterol-free, plant-based, high-fiber vegan entre, which had to be clearly labeled on the menu. Side dishes didnt count, even though they can be or indeed are the healthiest alternative on the menu.

Surprisingly enough, Los Angeles International Airport( LAX) came in first, for the first time. According to the review, the airport had 90 percentage of its restaurants offering healthful, plant-based snacks, including Real Food Dinners at Real Food Daily, gourmet broccoli and edamame salads at Lemonade, Marthas Salad at Homeboy Caf, tofu tacos with kimchi at Kogi BBQ Taco Truck, and fresh fruit and vegetables, whole, at The Farmers Market.

On the other side of the ranking listing was Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport( MSP ). If you find yourself on a layover in the Midwest and want to eat healthy, then good luck if its in Minnesota.

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport( MSP) located in the land of 10, 000 ponds and home to beloved Princecame in last place this year, receiving a failing grade by offering plant-based entres at merely 56 percentage of its restaurants.

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