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Let’s start with the surest bet—your own food from home. It’s true that you can’t have liquid over the ounce count and your nail file is semi-questionable, but your culinary creations are welcomed by the TSA. (Find out the items that will get you flagged by the TSA.) Private practice dietitian Andy De Santis RD, MPH, always brings his own whole-grain chicken sandwiches from home, ensuring he has a lunch that is not only nutritious, but is less expensive than pre-packaged airport food too. “The best way to have control over what you eat while traveling is to bring what you need to eat,” he says. “You don’t always know what you’re going to get when you get to the terminal or on the flight, so this is a great preventive measure.”
Eat like you would at homeNataliya-Arzamasova
If on a Thursday morning, you probably wouldn’t eat a Pop Tart or a slew of overpriced pancakes at home, why do you opt for these high-calorie, high-sugar dishes while traveling? While it’s easier to just buy something already prepared for you, De Santis says using your at-home brain will serve your body better. “Almost all airport terminals will have a little shop selling packaged milk, cereal, nuts, Greek yogurt, and fruit. Use your creativity here and combine these foods into complete, healthy, and filling mini meals. Greek yogurt with a sliced banana, or some milk, almonds, and cereal are both great options,” he says.