What To Eat at the Airport When You Don’t Pack Healthy Food

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Hi, friends! Greetings from high in the sky!

Right now, I’m on my way to General Mills for a two-day blogger trip. I am so excited to see some of my very favorite blog friends and learn more about the brand”” oh, and, of course, eat copious amounts of Chocolate Chex.

My flight departed bright and early this morning, so after a quick ride to the airport (via my first Uber experience – so cool), I blew through security and then went in search of breakfast. Sadly, the terminal did not have many food options, so I had a little trouble finding something healthy to eat. I found a Seattle’s Best Coffee, but it only offered big-as-your-head pastries and some seriously sad-looking egg sandwiches. I ended up ordering an iced latte there, but then I headed straight to Hudson News to scrounge together breakfast.

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I wandered around Hudson News for a good 5 minutes before picking out a few things for breakfast. I wanted something healthy, but, more importantly, I wanted something satisfying since lunch is probably not for another 4+ hours and you know how I get when I get hungry (yes, super duper cranky). I ended up buying a decent mix of eats. They were a little random, but they worked. Here’s a rundown of what I purchased:

  • Jack Link’s Beef Jerky: Each serving had 13g of protein and there were three in the bag. I ate this first, so right off the bat, my breakfast included 39g of protein. The ingredients weren’t perfect, but there were only 2% or less of the scary ones.
  • Honest Ade Orange Mango: I had a craving for something fruity, but, unfortunately, I couldn’t find any whole fruit (not even a fruit cup) in the terminal, so I went with this beverage. The second ingredient was sugar, so I diluted it with water once I got on the plane. The whole bottle had 100 calories and 100% of your DV of vitamin C (and some vitamin A), so it was a pretty good pick in my opinion. And, of course, I wanted to stay hydrated during my travels.
  • Seattle’s Best Iced Soy Latte: Yay, espresso! My day doesn’t feel quite right until I have my coffee. There’s no reason for the soy milk other than I like the taste better than cow’s milk.
  • Odwalla Banana Nut Bar: I wanted something sweet and carb-y, so I choose this bar because it sounded delicious and the ingredients looked pretty good. Plus, it had 5g of fiber and 4g of protein = more satiety.

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Other healthy options that I considered while wandering around Hudson News:

  • KIND bars <– I actually bought one for a snack later on
  • Mrs. Mary’s products
  • Trail mix
  • Sun-maid dried apricots
  • Wonderful pistachios
  • Blue Diamond almonds
  • Peeled Snacks
  • Yogurt (but I wasn’t crazy about the ingredients)
  • Next Organics products (dark chocolate, which is obviously delicious for breakfast)

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Other healthy airport favorites:

  • Starbucks protein box
  • Starbucks oatmeal (or plain instant oatmeal from a similar place/cafe)
  • Starbucks egg sandwiches
  • Bottled fruit smoothies (Evolution, Naked, Odwalla, Bolthouse)
  • Peanut M&Ms
  • Hummus (Sabra, Wild Garden)
  • Mario Snack Olives
  • Vegetable- or bean-based soup

Question of the Day

What are your go-to airport snacks?

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  1. Welcome to Minneapolis! Despite the fact that you’re here in the midst of an exceptional cold stretch, I hope you enjoy it here:)

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