Airport Food Survival Guide

July 18, 2010

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Your basketball squad gets an invite to a Nike Invitational in Oregon and you're about to hop on a 5-hour flight. We recommend packing a few low-fat turkey or ham sandwiches for the trip. However, if airport food is your only option, then Abbey Lerner's article in Men's Health is a must read. Lerner's "Airport Survival Guide" breaks down a list of healthy options at the terminal. What caught our eye is that sometimes the better option isn't always the most obvious one.

McDonald’s
Eat This!
Quarter Pounder
without Cheese
410 calories
19 g fat (7 g saturated fat)
730 mg sodium

Not That!
Premium Grilled Chicken Club
570 calories
21 g fat (7 g saturated fat)
1,720 mg

Sans cheese, the Quarter Pounder has a good balance of fat, protein and carbohydrates. You can splurge on one (or a Big Mac), but only if you skip the fries and soda, which add an average of 590 calories to any meal. As for those early-morning check-ins, the Egg McMuffin remains one of the best ways to start your day in the fast-food world.

Dunkin Donuts
Eat This!
Egg White Turkey Sausage Flatbread Sandwich
280 calories
6 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat)
820 mg sodium

Not That!
Multigrain Bagel
with Lite Cream Cheese
500 calories
15 g fat (7 g saturated fat)
930 mg sodium

Bagels, donuts and muffins may score points for portability, but now there’s no excuse to settle for the carb-heavy, nutritionally empty orders. Why? The donut king recently introduced their DDSmart menu, which draws out nutritional champions—none of which break the 350-calorie barrier. This sandwich is packed with 19 grams of protein, so you’ll stay full during long flights—and easily resist those not-so-sensible, in-flight snack packs.

For the complete article, head over to Men's Health.

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