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New Year, New You: Healthy Airport Eats across the US

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If you made any resolutions for 2013, it’s likely that healthy eating made the list. But anyone who travels often knows how tough it is to stick to healthier nutritional choices. Contributor Courtney Crockett made it easy by tracking down healthy options (and calories counts) at new eateries and kiosks at airports around the country. For added incentive, check out this month’s contest where one fit tip can win you a Caribbean boot camp vacation.

After examining 18 major airports—including Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) dietitians found that 76 percent of airport restaurants now offer at least one low-fat, high-fiber, cholesterol-free vegetarian entrée.

Whether you sit down for a full meal or just grab your own in-flight snacks, here’s a few names to keep in your back pocket next time you’re on the road.

Newark Liberty International Airport

Surprisingly, Newark topped PCRM’s list in 2012 with a health score of 92 percent.

Try the hummus wrap on specialty flatbread at Sandella’s Flatbread Grill (320 calories.) Gate B47 OR the spicy salmon avocado roll at Hamachi Sushi (320 calories). Gate C120

Las Vegas McCarran International Airport

What do Bloomingdale’s and McCarran have in common? Burke in the Box.

Try the Lemon Garlic Chicken Salad at 360 Gourmet Burritos (410 calories) B Gates at T1 OR a bowl of tortilla soup at Wolfgang Puck Express (310 calories). C Gates at T1

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

DTW Ranked No. 1 in the country for healthy airport food by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine from 2009-2011.

Try Brioche Dorée’s Lentil and Feta Salad (130 calories.) McNamara Central Link Area OR the Samamish River Roll at Sora Japanese Cuisine & Sushi (360 calories.) Gate A35

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport:

DFW is the place to be if you want to satisfy your sweet tooth without feeling guilty.  Smoothies, frozen yogurt and juices galore!

Try UFood Grill’s Chicken Curry Masala (490 calories) B8 OR the Jump Start with Special K, Cheerios, peaches and honey at Cereality (300 calories). 6C

Chicago O’Hare International Airport

Amid the Chicago dogs and deep-dish pizza, there are quite a few meal options well under 5,000 calories.

Try the Bentley Salad with hearthstone ham, roasted turkey and Swiss, chopped eggs and tomatoes at Salad Works (244 calories) T1 OR The Grove’s  Tuna Salad Nicoise with tuna salad, olives, tomato, mixed greens, egg, asparagus, fingerling potatoes with lemon basil vinaigrette. T1

Boston Logan International Airport

Yes, there is raw bar inside security.

Try the Extra Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail at Legal Seafoods (66 calories) or a cup of Clam Chowder (240 calories). Terminal C

 Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Coming soon: Watch for Ecco in the F Mezzanine. Their downtown location boasts wood fire pizzas and healthy small plates like piquillo peppers stuffed with braised beef

Try Proof of the Pudding’s Turkey and Vidalia Onion Wrap (362 calories) Gates A18, A28 and B10 OR a Vegetarian Rice Bowl at Nature’s Table (485 calories). E Centerpoint.

Miami International Airport

Turning a blind eye to the plethora of French pastry kiosks with elaborate macaron displays is a challenge, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Try a salmon miso sushi taco at Sushi Maki  (Terminal D) OR Guava & Java‘s Florentino Wrap with marinated shiitake mushrooms with fresh spinach, red peppers, and havarti dill cheese wrapped in a spinach tortilla. Terminals F14 and G9

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

While not on par with its uptown location, French Meadow Bakery Café in Concourse F is a good pick for eating smart.

Try their Zone Organic Omelet with egg whites and one yolk filled with fresh organic spinach, scallions, goat cheese, and sun dried tomatoes, served with organic mixed greens and organic healthy hemp toast OR La Tapenade’s Greek salad with mixed greens, red onion, red and yellow bell peppers, cucumbers, feta cheese, kalamata olives, and green pimento olives (680 calories). Concourse F

Los Angeles International Airport

LAX has a Lemonade. That’s all you need to know. From the Moroccan chicken braise to the Red Indian corn with jicama, red pepper and blueberry chipotle, you can’t go wrong…if you stop before the dessert line.

California Pizza Kitchen has a few smart choices that are surprisingly not pizza. Try the Wild Mahi Mahi with Wok Vegetables (586 calories) or the Asparagus & Arugula Salad (173 calories). Terminal 5

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By Courtney Crockett for PeterGreenberg.com

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