Athletes need to understand that snacking throughout the day is crucial to their performance. Snacking helps keep energy levels consistent by balancing blood sugars; ensures that nutrients are readily available for recovery of the body (especially lean muscle mass); and helps to control an athlete's appetite. But there's a difference between good and bad snacks. A good snack should consist of high fiber carbohydrates, lean protein and healthy fats. Bad snacks contain empty calories, sugars and unhealthy fats.
Put down the chips, candy and French fries and pick up some of the following suggestions:
|Jack Link's Turkey Jerky + Banana
This combo provides a large dose of protein and fast-digesting carbs, perfect for after a practice, game or workout.
|Kashi TLC Peanut Peanut Butter Chewy Granola Bar
Eat one when in school or on the bus to a game to top off your energy.
|Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich with Natural PB
This nutrient-dense snack will keep you full for hours because of a hefty load of carbs and healthy fats. Keep one in your locker if you get hungry between meals.