We recently posted a Destination Spotlight on Nashville so we figured we should follow it up with an airport guide. While Nashville isn’t going to win an award for the healthiest food options, they do get major props for inviting travelers to get a taste of Nashville at BNA. They have mostly local eating establishments and plenty are centered around music so it’s hard not to love Nashville International Airport.

Food Court

Freshens (Food court)

Freshens describes themselves as a “Fresh Food Studio” and offers crepes, salads, smoothies and frozen yogurt. I recommend checking out the nutrition information HERE before ordering smoothies – some of them have a crazy amount of sugar (not as healthy as you think).

Starbucks (several locations)

Starbucks usually has some great healthy oatmeal, fresh fruit and yogurt parfaits, but one thing to consider is that airport Starbucks don’t serve the same food as non-airport locations (unless it has changed recently). I personally like the regular Starbucks food better, but I usually go with a yogurt parfait or oatmeal, depending on my mood.

C Concourse

Provence Breads & Cafe (C-20)

A local bakery and cafe with an airport location is always a good bet for a healthy meal. I haven’t seen whether they offer the same menu as their other bakery and cafes around town, but If they do I suggest the Banana Nut Oatmeal, Healthy Start Panini or the Fromage salad.

Vino Volo (C-15)

The Nashville outpost of this wine shop airport chain offers some healthy snacks for anyone seeking a pre-flight sip. I haven’t seen the menu, but they usually have some healthy snack type dishes and salads that you could use for a meal.

There is hope in the near future. According to this newspaper article, there will soon be a farmers market type coffee shop near gate C-2 which will showcase regional foods. I am a big fan of the “market” approach to airport eating because it’s fast, usually has healthy fare and you get a taste of the region. I hope it’s similar to¬†Napa Farms Market at SFO