Q: What are your go-to foods when you’re traveling or on the go?
Amy Marsh answers:
A: Busy doesn’t begin to describe the holidays. Then, right after New Year’s we have just enough time to catch our breath before the start of a new race season. The life of an athlete — no matter your level — is demanding, which is why it’s imperative to fuel our bodies with healthy food. You can stay energized through the holidays and beyond by keeping a few nutritious, grab-and-go snacks on hand.
1. Snack bars: Look for ones low in sugar and with at least 5 grams of protein per serving, like Quest Nutrition bars. KIND bars are another favorite, because they’re made with simple, natural ingredients and come in a variety of flavor combinations — our taste buds never get bored.
2. Applesauce + protein powder: A quick mix of 1 scoop protein powder with one cup of applesauce and you have the ideal recovery fuel. The sugars in applesauce will help transport the protein to your muscles quicker than protein alone. For a dessert-like taste, try a chocolate-flavored protein powder.
3. Jerky: For those moments when gas station food is the only option, choose jerky. If you stock up before your trip, you’ll enjoy better options, such as Golden Valley Natural Turkey Jerky Barbecue which is made without preservatives or artificial ingredients.
4. Nuts and seeds: We always carry almonds, pistachios or macadamia nuts wherever we go. These are all great sources of protein, iron and healthy fats to keep you full until your next meal. If you’re not nuts for nuts (or have an allergy), sunflower and pumpkin seeds are also nutrient-rich and easy to eat on the run.
5. Dark chocolate: Select a sweet made with at least 60% cocoa for greater health benefits. You can satisfy your sweet tooth and do good with Newman’s Own Organics Super Dark Chocolate bar, which is 70% cocoa, 100% organic and made from cocoa grown on sustainable farms. How’s that for a treat?!
Amy Marsh is a four-time Ironman champion, two-time IronDistance champion, and was named the 2010 USAT Long Distance Triathlete of the Year. Brandon Marsh has been competing in triathlons since 1988, and can be counted on to be a top-10 contender in every event he enters. Got a question about swim-bike-run or sports nutrition for Team Marsh? Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. “˜Like’ them on Facebook or follow on Twitter: Brandon @BrandonMarshTX and Amy @AmyCMarsh.