Whenever one of us here at ZisBoomBah comes back from a trip, the first thing we talk about is… you guessed it, the Food. But, no, not the delicious food we devoured at a wonderful restaurant at our destination. Rather, the first thing out of our mouth is usually something like, “You can’t imagine the crappy food they had at the airport.” Well, truth be told, we CAN imagine. We’ve all been there. Like you, we’ve scoured the terminals for a healthy bite to eat, hungry kid in tow. Rarely with much luck.
This being peak summer travel season, clearly, it’s time to turn to one of ZisBoomBah’s healthy eating experts for advice on what to eat at the airport, on a road trip or simply while crisscrossing town, running errands.
As a busy working mom, our house nutritionist, Lisa Lanzano, MS, RD, is often on the go. And, certainly, she must needs to eat too, right? So, we couldn’t help but wonder… What’s in your bag, Lisa?
Expert Q&A: Healthy eating on the go
With ZisBoomBah nutritionist Lisa Lanzano, MS, RD
A: Generally, I bring along things to eat from home. A bagel with cheese and hummus, or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, turkey sandwiches, quesadillas, things like that. Occasionally, I’ve stopped at a fresh market to grab sushi or a hummus wrap on my way to the airport.
I also bring along apples, grapes. I don’t like to bring bananas; they are too messy. Or oranges, since they are too odorous when I eat them sitting close to a stranger, as it is mostly the case in an airport or on the plane.
Most importantly, I make sure I drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Extra Tip: When flying, bring a reusable water bottle for everyone in your family. Disposable water bottles are a burden on the environment and you can’t take them through airport security. That’s why airport vendors charge a premium price for bottled water past the checkpoints. However, with a reusable water bottle, you can simply take the empty bottle through security and refill it at the next water fountain, for free.
Q: What do you eat for a healthy snack once you’re on the plane?
A: I like to bring packs of instant oatmeal with me and ask the flight attendant for hot water.
Q: Do you carry food in your purse when you are out and about?
Yes. I almost always have some kind of energy bar with me, like a KIND bar, which I like, because they are mostly just nuts.
Q: If you were to find yourself on the road without anything to eat, like on a long car trip, would you, The Nutritionist, ever — gasp! — stop for food at a gas station?
A: Oh, yeah. Sometimes, these places have fresh fruit. Or I go for string cheese or hard-boiled eggs, fig bars — they are super processed, but at least you get some nutrition from the figs. Or tortilla chips, they have a little fiber. If I were desperate, I’d even buy beef jerky, that’s better than not eating at all and then not feeling well when you are driving.
If I can’t find anything decent to snack on, I get orange juice or plain milk.
And they sometimes do have decent sandwiches.
In general, I say to myself, I don’t do this very often, so I don’t have to feel bad when I do.
Great point, Lisa!
Save travels everyone!