How to Eat Healthy While Traveling
It's becoming easier to eat well while traveling, with even airport restaurants tending to the health-conscious.
Consumers have been recently demanding healthier food choices while up in the sky. Not only do they want more options in the air, but also while waiting to board flights, and airports are responding.
In fact, 76 percent of airport restaurants now serve at least one low-fat, high-fiber, cholesterol-free entree. With the holidays in full swing, airport attendance is expected to triple over the next month. That spells hundreds of hungry air-travellers all looking for a healthy alternative.
Eating healthy whether on the road or in flight has never been the easiest thing, but it's becoming more possible-- more doable. For the longest time, this travel issue has been named the cause of many people's "winter weight gain" between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.
More nutritious options are being seen more and more as the industry responds to this need to revamp menus with the health-conscious consumer in mind.
"Most places now offer a variety of healthy options no matter where you stop, so every traveler can find something they are looking for," said Renate DeGeorge, director of culinary services for HMSHost, which runs dining facilities for more than 100 airports worldwide.
The additions include the likes of new salad varieties, hummus plates as appetizers, and whole-grain bread as an option for sandwiches. They are also very in tune to those with special dietary needs, like those who are gluten-free, vegetarian, or allergic to dairy products.
"When you're a passenger on an airplane, you don't really have much choice," said Charles Platkin, founder and editor of DietDetective.com. "You're a captive audience, and that creates a higher standard that airlines need to have."
Making smart decisions such as opting for the fruit plate over the chocolate bar is the consumer's responsibility as well, with the less-than-nutritious options still very much available.