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Airports are still not the optimum location for healthy eating, but with a little thought and investigation, you can find snacks that will keep you feeling healthy and happy on your travels.  You simply need to keep your normal nutrient goals in mind in order to avoid the temptation of the sugary, fatty or sodium laden treats that are widely available.  If you stay within your usual healthy eating guidelines, you will have much more energy for the challenges of travel and feel better when you arrive at your destination.

Ideally, bring some healthy snacks with you. Montana Macro•Balance Snacks™ can be easily packed into a carry-on bag, briefcase, or purse. The protein bars are satisfying and can prevent you from making other less worthy food choices. The soups & oatmeal can be easily mixed with a cup of warm water found at any food counter or even on board your flight.  However, even the best packer will occasionally find him/herself with no snacks on-hand and at the mercy of airport food. These strategies and options at some typical airport food vendors should help:

  • Starbucks offers some reasonable options: Oatmeal (without the dried fruit add-on) and “Protein Boxes” filled with hard boiled eggs and fruit, or egg white, turkey sausage breakfast sandwiches (even the whole wheat muffin is not a bad option).
  • McDonalds has a wide variety of salads.  Choose one with grilled chicken and low fat vinaigrette dressing. The Premium Bacon Ranch with grilled chicken is a good option. When ordering a salad, generally avoid excessive cheese, creamy dressings, or dried fruit toppings.
  • Clear broth based soups can be filling and reasonably healthy, although often high on sodium.  Au Bon Pain serves a Garden Vegetable soup filled with carrots, green peppers, zucchini, and broccoli florets. If you add a grilled chicken breast to this, it becomes a reasonably balanced meal or snack. Most larger airports offer some food service options where you can order a grilled chicken breast, even if you order it as a sandwich and decide to discard the bread.
  • Kiosks and newspaper stores have packaged almonds, fresh apples, and, with increasing frequency, non-fat Greek yogurt.  Avoid the prepared yogurt parfaits (laden with sugar) and those yogurts with fruit already mixed in. All packaged foods should have a nutrition label with all the information you need to make a good choice. Be aware when purchasing “healthy” snack bars; some have inordinate amount of carbs with very little protein pay-off.  Quest Bars are quite well balanced and Atkins bars can offer some reasonable options, but neither are widely available in airports.  Think Thin bars and Kind Bars are a bit more carb laden, generally contain more calories and are lighter on protein, but are an option when you can’t find a better alternative and are available in most airport newspaper shops. Most airport food service vendors sell fresh apples, oranges and bananas.
  • Avert your eyes when you stroll past a Cinnabon cart. All those empty carbs will not make you a happy traveler!
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Montana Macro-Balance

Montana Macro-Balance

Jeanne Montana has been in the fitness and weight loss consultation industry for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of people get fit and experience physical and emotional transformations. As a certified sports nutrition specialist and the owner of her own weight loss manager business, Jeanne's goal is to help create healthy and strong initiatives for your body mind and soul.

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jeanne montanaThe guidelines of the Montana Macro-Balance plan educate individuals and families about healthy choices and nutritional options to better their well-being. Montana Macro-Balance is an option "on-the-go."  The ultimate goal is to incorporate wholesome, nutrient dense foods into your daily meal plan. Nutritionally balanced meals starting from breakfast through dinner is a necessity.

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