How to eat well when you're at the airport

How to eat well when you're at the airport

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by JEREMY MARKOVICH / NBC Charlotte

WCNC.com

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 7:45 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- You don't go to the airport to eat, but you do it anyway.

"I think when people are traveling, they are immediately more stressed,” said Susan Levin, a registered dietician with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

That can lead you to eat stuff that isn’t healthy.

"I think you're already in this heightened state where making good decisions about anything is a little bit altered, and I think dietary choices are no different."

Every year, the committee puts together an airport food review and counts the number of sit-down restaurants that offer healthy meals.

"We would consider that to be a high fiber, lower fat, zero cholesterol entrée,” said Levin.

According to the review, Newark’s airport has the healthiest food options. Atlanta’s airport has the least. Charlotte comes in eighth.

So where can you go to get a healthy bite to eat?

“One great option at the Charlotte airport is a Japanese restaurant (called Hissho Sushi),” said Levin. “You can get veggie sushi, you can get edamame and seaweed salad. Bad Daddy's burger bar [has] a Tree Hugger Salad and a veggie burger.”

Here’s another good rule of thumb: “Any Mexican fast food restaurant is a good option because it's made to order, so you can control what goes in,” she added.

Of the 45 restaurants at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, 35 have healthy food options on the table—something to chew on when you're flying out.

Click here to view the full review.

 

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