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It’s a challenge to eat well-balanced meals when traveling with your team. The normal daily routine of training and eating is disrupted. It can be difficult to find a variety of whole, unprocessed foods at restaurants. It also takes some nutrition savvy to order meals that provide a proper balance of carbohydrate, protein and fat.
Whether you’re heading across town or to another state, the next time your team is on the road, consider these suggestions:
Coordinate a group of parents to bring food for a continental style breakfast. Foods like low-fat milk, cereal, oatmeal, bagels, low-fat cream cheese, low-fat muffins, fruit, 100% fruit juice and water are great fuel to begin a long day of competition on the road. These foods are easy to bring along or purchase at a nearby grocery store.
Fast food restaurants like Qdoba, Chipotle, Pei Wei, Noodles and Subway allow you to build your own meal just the way you like it – and with fresh, whole ingredients.
Menu items that don’t provide the best fuel for athletes before a competition include chips, fried meat, French fries and extras like queso, cream sauces, sour cream and guacamole.
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Written by: Laura Watne, MS, RD, Clinical Nutrition, Children’s Hospital Colorado.