I find myself in airports a lot.

And in some ways, airport food is worse than airplane food.  At least airplane food is so bad that it’s not even tempting.  (If they even serve it anymore.)  But when you find yourself in an airport, there are lots of unhealthy food options — and you’re typically stressed out and in a rush.

The best food options usually are:

  • a nearly frozen chef salad loaded with cheddar cheese
  • over- or under-ripe fruit (often apples that leave your teeth sticky with sugar residue)
  • a small, $8 bag of nuts (where they try to tempt you to buy a sugar-loaded candy / dried fruit / peanut mix)
  • use the opportunity to fast (a la Art De Vany)

Well, there is a welcome development!  Enter the hard-boiled egg.  I’ve recently noticed that a number of cafes, coffee shops, and even 7-11 now carry a little package with a pair of hard-boiled eggs.  This is a great way to get some convenient, real food on the go.  Cheap too.

And remember, eggs are good for you, including the yolk!

9 Responses to “Tips for travelers: the hard-boiled egg”

  1. Kat says:

    I actually cook up some hard boiled eggs the night before leaving and bring them in my carry-on for long flights. You can usually get some at hotels that serve breakfast for the way home too. They’ll last all day at room temperature no problem.

  2. Christian W says:

    Hey John,

    Here are my Manhattan hard boiled egg spottings:

    7-11 at 42nd st and 9th(?) ave.

    7-11 at 14th st and 6th ave. (Though they’ve been out of eggs for weeks – permanently?)

    Cafe Ronda at Columbus Ave between 71st and 72nd.

    What are yours?

    Starbuck’s protein plate doesn’t count!


  3. Pablo says:

    Great tips. Just in time for a long flight back to Los Angeles from the east coast.

  4. Nate Lowrie says:

     I normally try to pack at least a snack to take on a flight.  Hardboiled eggs, nuts, jerky are all great choices.  Fruit like apples and bananas keep well while traveling.  Scotch Eggs or Omlette Muffins can also be nice quick protein filled meal substitute.  Point is that with a little bit of planning you shouldn’t need to set foot in an airport restaurant.

  5. Anybody have an idea how long hard boiled eggs last for, before they go off (inside or outside a fridge)??

  6. Ned Kock says:

     If I am really hungry, I will buy a hamburger and eat it without the buns. That is not so unhealthy. The other day I did that in between flights in Houston. I ate at Ruby’s, in the international terminal, and it was pretty good. The meat was supposedly from grass-fed cattle.

  7. Chris says:

    There is also at least one pre-packaged Paleo snack item you can purchase to take with you.  It was mentioned over on the Theory to Practice blog a while back, although I can’t find the post now.  You could always make your own beef jerkey to travel with, too.

  8. mikes says:

     Paleo kits: http://www.paleokits.org/

    If you make jerky on your own, there’s no reason why you couldn’t make these on your own too.

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