Airport Food Survival Guide

July 18, 2010

Must See Nutrition Videos

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.

Zosimo Maximo
- Zosimo Maximo was formally a member of STACK Media's video production team. In this role, he assisted with shoot planning and captured and edited video...
Zosimo Maximo
- Zosimo Maximo was formally a member of STACK Media's video production team. In this role, he assisted with shoot planning and captured and edited video...

Featured Videos

Eastbay Path to the Pros Episode 2: Laying the Groundwork Eastbay Path to the Pros Episode 2: Laying the Groundwork Views: 199,152
Eastbay Path to the Pros Episode 4: Skill Training Eastbay Path to the Pros Episode 4: Skill Training Views: 399,142
Path to the Pros 2015: Shaq Thompson Path to the Pros 2015: Shaq Thompson Views: 77,649
Load More

Resources

STACK Fitness

Everything you need to be fitter than ever

STACK Conditioning

Sport-specific conditioning programs

Coaches and Trainers

Tips and advice for coaches and trainers

Magazine

Latest issues of STACK Magazine

STACK 4W

Women's sports workout, nutrition and lifestyle advice

Gamer

Gaming, entertainment and tech news

Basic Training

Military-style training for athletes

News

Find the latest news relevant to athletes

Most Popular Videos

Robert Griffin III Pocket Presence QB Drill Robert Griffin III Pocket Presence QB Drill
Views: 6,866,321
Drew Brees Will Not Be Denied Drew Brees Will Not Be Denied
Views: 12,224,126
Ohio State Football Open Field Plyo Drill Ohio State Football Open Field Plyo Drill
Views: 9,501,467
Dustin Pedroia on Training Dustin Pedroia on Training
Views: 10,921,007
Dwight Howard Stays in the Gym All Night Dwight Howard Stays in the Gym All Night
Views: 6,202,163

Load More
More Cool Stuff You'll Like
11 Food Services That Deliver Ready-Made Nutritious Meals

11 Food Services That Deliver Ready-Made Nutritious Meals

5 Simple Food Swaps That Make Eating Out Healthier

5 Simple Food Swaps That Make Eating Out Healthier

5 'Healthy' Side Dishes That Are Worse Than French Fries

5 'Healthy' Side Dishes That Are Worse Than French Fries

Load Up on These Foods at Your Backyard Barbecue

Load Up on These Foods at Your Backyard Barbecue

How Marc Gasol Got Better by Overhauling His Diet

How Marc Gasol Got Better by Overhauling His Diet

The Cheat Meal Day: Why It's Not So Smart

The Cheat Meal Day: Why It's Not So Smart

7 Foods That Are Ruining Your Workouts

7 Foods That Are Ruining Your Workouts

A Sneaky Food Additive Athletes Should Avoid

A Sneaky Food Additive Athletes Should Avoid

Cookout Commandments: What to Eat (and Avoid) at Your Summer BBQ

Cookout Commandments: What to Eat (and Avoid) at Your Summer BBQ

Healthy Eating at Restaurants: Decoding a Diner Menu

Healthy Eating at Restaurants: Decoding a Diner Menu

You Should Eat the Peel of These 12 Fruits and Vegetables

You Should Eat the Peel of These 12 Fruits and Vegetables

Registered Dietitians Reveal Their Favorite Ways to Eat Fruit

Registered Dietitians Reveal Their Favorite Ways to Eat Fruit

10 Athlete-Approved High-Protein Cereals

10 Athlete-Approved High-Protein Cereals

Are You Eating Too Much Protein?

Are You Eating Too Much Protein?

How to Eat Healthy at a Dingy Sports Bar

How to Eat Healthy at a Dingy Sports Bar

Healthy (and Unhealthy) BBQ Ideas For Athletes

Healthy (and Unhealthy) BBQ Ideas For Athletes

Vegetarian Athlete Tips: Olympic Swimmer Kate Ziegler

Vegetarian Athlete Tips: Olympic Swimmer Kate Ziegler

Where the Paleo Diet Falls Short

Where the Paleo Diet Falls Short

Salad Showdown: Which Greens Are the Healthiest?

Salad Showdown: Which Greens Are the Healthiest?

How Friends and Family Affect Your Food Choices

How Friends and Family Affect Your Food Choices

The Healthiest (And Unhealthiest) Ways to Eat Chicken

The Healthiest (And Unhealthiest) Ways to Eat Chicken

6 Healthy Foods You're Overeating

6 Healthy Foods You're Overeating

Healthy Makeovers for 3 Classic Meals

Healthy Makeovers for 3 Classic Meals

6 Eating Mistakes That Undo Your Workouts

6 Eating Mistakes That Undo Your Workouts

What to Eat If You Hate Bananas

What to Eat If You Hate Bananas

Small Change, Big Difference: 5 Foods You Should Buy Organic

Small Change, Big Difference: 5 Foods You Should Buy Organic

STUDY: Eat More Fruits and Veggies, Live (Almost) Forever

STUDY: Eat More Fruits and Veggies, Live (Almost) Forever

3 Fruits and 3 Vegetables Athletes Must Eat

3 Fruits and 3 Vegetables Athletes Must Eat

How Undereating Can Make You Gain Weight

How Undereating Can Make You Gain Weight

Why You Should Say No to Diet Foods

Why You Should Say No to Diet Foods

5 Foods That Are Stunningly High in Sodium

5 Foods That Are Stunningly High in Sodium

4 'Bad Foods' That Might be Good for You

4 'Bad Foods' That Might be Good for You

The Boston Cannons' ‘Keep It Real’ Eating Plan

The Boston Cannons' 'Keep It Real' Eating Plan

9 Foods to Eat When You Want to Lose Fat

9 Foods to Eat When You Want to Lose Fat

Fuel Up Fast With 4 Smoothies From the New York Giants

Fuel Up Fast With 4 Smoothies From the New York Giants

12 Foods Every Athlete Should Eat

12 Foods Every Athlete Should Eat

Create a Nutritious Breakfast with This Simple Formula

Create a Nutritious Breakfast with This Simple Formula

5 Delicious Ways to Make Junk Food Less Junky

5 Delicious Ways to Make Junk Food Less Junky

5 Healthy Foods That Got a Bad Rap

5 Healthy Foods That Got a Bad Rap

Terrible Toppings: The 5 Worst Things We Put on Food

Terrible Toppings: The 5 Worst Things We Put on Food

5 'Good Foods' That Might Be Bad for You

5 'Good Foods' That Might Be Bad for You

9 Athlete-Approved Peanut Butter Sandwiches

9 Athlete-Approved Peanut Butter Sandwiches

Binge Eating Disorder and Athletes

Binge Eating Disorder and Athletes

5 Ways Junk Food Can Mess With Your Head

5 Ways Junk Food Can Mess With Your Head

5 Protein-Packed Recovery Shakes

5 Protein-Packed Recovery Shakes

Brown Rice vs. White Rice: Does It Really Matter?

Brown Rice vs. White Rice: Does It Really Matter?

The Grain Guide: How and Why to Use 8 Healthy Whole Grains

The Grain Guide: How and Why to Use 8 Healthy Whole Grains

YardBarker