13 Places in Airports to Get Healthy Choices

Never go hungry while traveling again.

1. Starbucks
The ubiquitous chain has more than fun drinks and strong coffee. Starbucks has many healthy options for you and your family. Take their lovely packaged meals—most with calorie counts—on your flights. Grab a nice Calm tea as well to soothe those nerves.

Healthy choices:

  • Roma Tomato & Mozzarella Sandwich: 380 calories
  • Ham & Swiss Sandwich: 360 calories
  • Chicken on Flatbread with Hummus Artisan Snack Plate: 250 calories
  • Farmer’s Market Salad: 230 calories

Most airports

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2. Gordon Biersch
This brewery chain has many locations for the hungry traveler. Here are a few of the lighter options. As always salads without crispy things and light on the dressing are always a good choice.

Healthy choices:

  • Lobster & Crab Cake Sandwich: 500 calories
  • Half Roasted Turkey & Swiss Sandwich: 500 calories


  • Wedge Salad: 200 calories
  • Grilled Chicken Cashew Salad: 550 calories
  • Ahi Salad: 520 calories
  • Olive Lemon Vinaigrette: 1 fl oz is 90 calories


  • Bistro Steak & Crab Stuffed Shrimp: 440 calories
  • Grilled Mahi Mahi (with pineapple salsa): 430 calories
  • Grilled Chilean Sea Bass: 290 calories

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3. California Pizza Kitchen
There is more to this restaurant than pizza, and it has locations all over the U.S.

Healthy choices:

  • Asparagus Soup: (vegetarian and creamless) 106 calories per cup, 213 for a bowl
  • Moroccan Chicken Salad (half): 421 calories
  • Chinese Chicken Salad (half): 376 calories
  • Frozen Lemonade: 70 calories

Find out if there’s a location where you are traveling.
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4. Wolfgang Puck Express
This chain can be found in many airport locations. Try one of the salads or sandwiches light on the dressing and sauce.

What to try

  • Chinois Chicken Salad: 284 calories
  • Smoked Ham and Swiss: 570 calories

Find out if your airport has a location.

Calorie counts from Livestrong.com

5. Paradise Bakery and Cafe
Drop into this healthy cafe for a few wholesome options before you fly.

  • Paradise Pasta Salad: 330 calories
  • Traditional Turkey Sandwich: 510 calories
  • Summer Berry Salad (large): 240 calories

Phoenix Sky Harbor International
Denver International

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6. Legal Sea Foods
Traveling through Boston or Philly? Check out these little Legal Sea Foods outposts.

Healthy choices:

  • Try a shrimp cocktail, fresh fish, or a wedge salad with grilled shrimp or scallops, light on the dressing. This is airport food?!


Boston Logan International
Philadelphia International

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7. Au Bon Pain
If you’re a New Yorker you know Au Bon Pain is an essential for quick, healthy food. Here are a few delicious options at this chain.


  • Demi Ham Sandwich on a Baguette: 330 calories
  • Demi Turkey Sandwich on a Baguette: 320 calories


  • White Bean and Asparagus Salad: 250 calories
  • Grilled Chicken Caesar Asiago: 290 calories
  • Fat Free Raspberry Vinaigrette: 50 calories


  • Butternut Squash and Apple Soup (Small):140 calories
  • Carrot Ginger Soup (Small): 90 calories

Miami International
Orlando International
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
Baltimore-Washington International Airport
Logan International Airport, Boston
LaGuardia Airport, NY
Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport
Philadelphia International

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8. Nature’s Table
When traveling through Atlanta and Orlando catch these rare fresh options.


  • Shanghai Chicken Salad With Dressing: 385 calories
  • Greek Salad With Dressing: 377 calories


  • Avocado Cucumber Sandwich: 344 calories
  • Mediterranean Chicken Wrap With Feta (no dressing): 483 calories


Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
Orlando International

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9. Chili’s Too
Chili’s has some good options for low-cal satisfying fare. Just choose wisely and, sorry, anything called a “big mouth burger” is off the healthy menu.

Healthy choices:

  • Broccoli Cheese Soup: 120 calories
  • Guiltless Grill Asian Salad: 410 calories
  • Santa Fe Chicken Wrap With Veggies: 610 calories

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10. TCBY
Sometimes you need something sweet to complete a meal. The frozen yogurt at TCBY will keep your diet on track as you wait for the plane.

  • All of the soft-serve yogurt is under 120 calories per ½ cup serving, top with any berries for less than 10 calories extra. Have it on a sugar cone for 50 more calories

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Cost has many sandwiches and salads to choose from. Try their lighter side menu as well to cut calories from your favorite choice.

Healthy choices:

  • Mediterranean Shrimp Salad: 357 calories
  • Shanghai Chicken Salad: 313
  • Fire Roasted Veggies Sandwich: 324 calories
  • 3 Bean Chili (small): 150 calories

Reagan National, Virginia
Boston Logan International
Dulles International, Virginia

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12. Jamba Juice
You know all about Jamba Juice and their great juice options. Well, they also carry food and are opening in airports all over the country. They don’t post their grab-n-go menu options with calories, but it says calories counts are available at the locations.

What sounds good?

  • Chimichurri Chicken Wrap
  • Ginger Soy Grilled Chicken Salad

Chicago O’Hare International
San Diego International
George Bush Intercontinental, Houston
Newark Liberty International
Denver International
Charlotte Douglas International
Portland International

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13. Quiznos
Quiznos has some good options for the hungry traveler. Many sandwiches are under 500 calories.

Healthy choices:

  • Classic Honey Bourbon Chicken (small): 315 calories
  • Veggie Bullet: 330 calories

Find out if there’s a Quiznos at your airport.

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