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11 Nutritionist-Approved Tips on What to Eat (and What to Avoid) at the Airport

Reader's Digest Logo By Lindsay Tigar of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 11: <p>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 <a href='http://www.rd.com/advice/travel/tsa-security/1'>flagged by the TSA</a>.) Private practice dietitian <a href='http://AndyTheRD.com'>Andy De Santis RD, MPH</a>, 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.'</p>

Pack your own

Since airport terminals are not known for their clean cuisine, we got nutritionists to share their tips for staying healthy on your next airplane adventure.

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.'

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