How to Eat Well while Traveling on the Road and at Restaurants :: Nationwide Childrens Hospital

How to Eat Well while Traveling on the Road and at Restaurants

Traveling and needing to eat on the road can often times present a challenge to busy teams and coaches. However, it is well worth the planning and little extra work to be able to maintain a healthy diet for athletes. After all, eating well is the best thing for optimal sports performance! There are many tips and suggestions for eating on the road and eating at restaurants: buy team coolers and stock them with healthy, quick snacks for athletes to eat in the car; buy healthy food in bulk from grocery stores to stock coolers with; look for healthy options at restaurants and call ahead of time to buy these healthy meals in bulk - this will also save time once you get to the restaurant. Finally, avoid high-fat foods when it comes to snacks and restaurant meals. High-fat foods will bog athletes down and compromise performance.

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Jessica Buschmann: The benefit of purchasing team coolers is you can pack the meals ahead of time and rotate them through the parents. So by rotating these team coolers through the parents will also allow you to have adequate timing to plan your outdoor meals.

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Items that are perishable like yogurt or bananas or apples that you might not necessarily want to travel with.

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If you know if you're going to be in an area, call ahead of time to see if they offer big pasta dishes that you could take and offer for the team.

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Some good food options to look for at restaurants would be anything that says whole grains or lean meat. So things like chicken, turkey, or with a fat trimmed off would a good option.

Any vegetables; sandwiches are great ways to make sure that you're getting adequate calories, as well as your carbohydrates, your vitamins, your minerals, your protein and a little bit of fat.

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Some key words to look for as far as high fat items would be crispy, battered, fried, creamy and things I mentioned before that might hinder your athlete's performance rather than help you refuel properly.

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