5 Snacks for Athletes On the Go

by | Updated: December 3rd, 2016 | Read time: 2 minutes

The life of an athlete  — no matter your level —  is demanding, which is why it’s important to fuel your body with healthy food. Keeping your purse, backpack, briefcase or desk drawer stuffed with healthy snacks is one way to make sure you stay nourished and energized throughout the day. Here a five of the best options for good nutrition on the go.

5 Snacks for Athletes On the Go

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?!