More Smart Travel Eats

October 26, 2011
{Completely unrelated picture of Nutmeg in her new winter coat. She was feeling bad she hasn’t been on the blog lately.}

Since I’ve been doing quite a bit of traveling over the past few months, I thought I would share with you a few more of my favorite healthy eats while on the road and in airports. Although I wish I was the type of person who planned ahead of time and brought a lot of healthy snacks and meals with me, I’m usually rushing out of the house at the last minute trying to get as much done as possible.

Here are a few of my favorite stops and what I typically order:

1. Smoothie King
I wish every airport I traveled to had a Smoothie King. I grew up making frequent stops at this place with my dad and know I can always find something healthy and packed with protein.

Favorite Pick: The Vanilla Shredder (20 oz) is my go-to drink and has 283 calories, 36 grams of protein, and just 12 grams of sugar. I pair mine with either a banana or a granola bar for a bit more substance if I’m using it as a meal replacement.

2. Starbucks
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Starbucks comes through for me every single time. They recently rolled out a new line of salads in addition to their sandwiches, which can be a lifesaver when you need a dose of leafy greens.

Favorite Pick: In the morning, I always go with the oatmeal with fruits and nuts and pair it with a small soy latte. Side note: at hotels, I ask for extra packets of peanut butter to stash in my purse. It makes a great addition to oatmeal and adds a few grams of protein.

Runner Up: The Protein Bistro Box at Starbucks is my runner-up for when I’m craving something savory. It comes with a few wedges of cheddar cheese, a hard-boiled egg, whole grain pita, peanut butter and apples, all for just 380 calories.

3. Cosi 
You have no idea how desperately I wish we had a Cosi in Iowa! So whenever I’m in a city that has one, I never fail to stop by. Their soups, sandwiches and flat bread are all delicious and they offer plenty of veg-friendly options.

Favorite Pick: Their soups rotate every day, but my faves are the Three Bean Chili or the Moroccan Lentil Soup. It comes with an order of whole grain flatbread and I typically order a side of hummus for healthy dipping.

4. Panda Express
Things got really desperate a while back when Joey and I were on our way home from visiting my family in Idaho in September. Stuck in an airport terminal in Denver that had very few options, I was faced with either eating a protein bar from a new stand or Panda Express. Since Joey was eating Panda Express and I was really craving something warm (and some veggies) I went with it, too. I was pleasantly surprised at the options.

Favorite Pick: I went with a double order of steamed veggies (70 calories) and paired it with steamed rice (380 calories) and two veggie spring rolls (160 calories for two). Not exactly health food, but it hit the spot and was definitely more satisfying than a granola bar or trail mix.

What are you favorite places to eat while on the road? 



  • Reply Kim October 26, 2011 at 2:42 am

    Starbucks is definitely a lifesaver when I’m out and about! I always opt for the protein plate, too.

    Panera Bread is usually a safe bet for me too and I can get a salad w/ an apple 🙂

  • Reply Lauren at Keep It Sweet October 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Great tips! I always carry a bag of healthy snacks with me plus oatmeal and peanut butter packets!

  • Reply karla522 October 27, 2011 at 2:46 am

    Awesome picks, Madison! If I can’t sneak in or fit my own food in my bag, I often look for a place that offers some sort of broth-based soup and/or salad that I can top with protein. And you can’t go wrong with a McDonald’s ice cream cone for a snack or dessert, right? 🙂

    • Reply MadisonMayberry October 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm

      Oh my goodness, I love McDonald’s ice cream. It really does make a great snack and it’s not all that bad for you either, which most people don’t seem to know.

  • Reply AnnRWC October 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I love Nutmeg’s coat! Where did you get it at?

    • Reply MadisonMayberry October 28, 2011 at 7:01 pm

      We got it for $12 at TJ Maxx! 🙂

  • Reply Chelcie @ Chelcie's Food Files October 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    This is such a helpful post thanks for sharing! Nutmeg looks SO CUTE. I have a cavalier too! her and nutmeg actually look a lot a like..her name is Lucy and I’m obsessed with her..they are definitely the best dogs!
    I love to eat starbucks oatmeal while I’m traveling too!..and have you tried cosi oatmeal? its pretty much the same as starbucks its so good!

    • Reply MadisonMayberry October 28, 2011 at 7:01 pm

      I feel an instant connection with anyone who has a Cavalier! They are the best dogs, aren’t they?!

  • Reply Becki Jacobs October 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I like S’bucks a lot when we travel, too. We always look for them on exit signs when we are on the road. The other plus about starbucks is that they always have clean bathrooms:-) I tried their oatmeal on our last trip and we also do their wrap with the turkey bacon. Oh yeah and their coffee is prett good to. Our girls also really like to go to starbucks and they think they are very cool when they get their milk in a white starbucks cup!

  • Reply Tanja Hester October 31, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I love this post! I travel a ton for work and often get stuck eating room service breakfast, which is convenient and everything, but is often less healthy than fast food! I have a few standbys, though, that I look for: yogurt, granola and fruit (IF the yogurt is lowfat or nonfat), poached or hard boiled eggs (no added fat) with whole wheat toast and grilled tomatoes (a popular breakfast side item), or an omelet with veggies if all else fails.

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