Choosing healthy snacks on the road
If you’re traveling to a competition and you find yourself without snacks, a gas station or convenience store can provide easy access to light nourishment.
But – while it can be tempting to choose foods with little to no nutritional value – selecting items like candy, chips, pizza or soda can leave you with low energy and stomach issues before your game begins.
Almonds, peanuts, trail mix or nut butter + fresh fruit
Choose a package of nuts, trail mix or peanut butter and add fruit for a snack that contains carbohydrates and healthy fats to hold you over and keep you energized.
For a protein source that gives your snack some staying power, choose Greek yogurt with the option of adding a packet of nuts or a single serving of Cheerios or cereal.
Cheese + fruit
For a balanced snack, pair cheese sticks or cheddar cheese with fruit and whole-grain crackers or pretzels.
Popcorn + nuts
Skip the kettle corn or cheesy popcorn and instead choose a bag of air-popped or plain salted popcorn. Add a package of nuts for a snack that provides carbohydrates and healthy fats.
Jerky is a high protein snack that can be eaten with pretzels, applesauce, a fruit cup or a piece of fruit for another balanced snack option.
When choosing a protein bar, look for one made with nuts, such as a LÄRABAR, RXBAR or KIND bar, for a snack that gives you protein and carbohydrates.
For a post-workout option, select chocolate milk for carbohydrates and protein to promote proper recovery after a competition.
Lizzie Kasparek, MS
Taylor Willhite, SDSU dietetic intern