1. Grab Breakfast Before You Get There
If you have the time, make a healthy breakfast at home or grab one at a neighborhood restaurant before you get to the airport. Healthy breakfast options at airports can be hard to find.
2. Pack Your Own Snacks
Snack essentials like granola bars, dried fruits and nuts will stave off hunger, especially if you're on a flight that doesn't serve food. Toss them in your carry-on bag before you leave the house or hotel.
3. Make Your Own Sandwich/Bagel
It's much easier to choose the less-fatty options for a sandwich when you're in charge of the ingredients. Balance the carbs with fillings such as lettuce, spinach, eggs, etc.
4. Skip The Unhealthy Chains
Instead of heading for the first fast food or doughnut shop when you reach the airport, look for the smoothie or frozen yogurt spot instead. Fill up on a smoothie when you need an on-the-go breakfast.
5. If It Has To Be Starbucks...
If it's too difficult to give up your Starbucks fix, then choose a healthy option like a spinach and feta breakfast wrap, or a turkey bacon sandwich.
6. Bring Your Own Veggies
Many airports don't offer nearly enough veggie choices, particularly at a fair price. That said, pack your own and bring along dips like hummus or almond butter.
7. Why You Should Look For Mexican Fare
A Mexican or Mexican-influenced restaurant will typically provide more protein options. A breakfast burrito bowl, minus the cheese, will fill you up and hit the spot.
8. Bring Your Own Oatmeal
Why pay for oatmeal at an airport when you can bring it from home in a single-serving bowl? Just ask for hot water on the plane and, if you like, top it off with fresh fruit or honey.
9. Chia Seeds
Besides being loaded with omega-3 nutrients, chia seeds are a versatile travel food that can be added to yogurt.
10. Bring Your Water Bottle
You should always include an empty water bottle in your carry-on bag. Also bring a lemon with you and you can prep a hot water-and-lemon drink at the airport.
The Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo wishes you safe travels this holiday season and a healthy new year.