6 Snacks to Eat During Your Next Round
Don’t spend your hard-earned cash on a heavy meal at the turn. It’s overpriced, it’ll weigh you down for the back nine, and you’re screwing with the timing of the groups behind you. Pack one of these convenient snacks in one of the umpteen pockets you have on your bag (seriously though, why so many pockets?), and get out and back in a decent amount of time. Besides, there’s usually a good beer selection at the 19th hole – break out the wallet then.
This may be the ultimate golf bag snack. Why? No need to keep it fresh. Buy a few bags, or better yet make your own, and stash the dried meat for weeks at a time. Jerky packs a powerful protein punch, and is easy enough to eat between holes. If you’re conscious about limiting the unnecessary sugar and additives in a lot of meat snacks, go with the Epic Bar, specifically my favorite, the Smoked Maple Bacon bar. It only has 5 grams of sugar and is made with all-natural ingredients.
Banana with Almond Butter
This pairing is one of my favorite snacks, on or off the course. A medium banana hovers around 100 calories with plenty of natural sugar to keep you satiated and energized. Plus, a squeeze from a packet of Justin’s Almond Butter adds a healthy portion of good fats and protein, and only costs you one gram of sugar. With options like Honey Butter and Chocolate Hazelnut, the only problem is choosing which flavor you want.
Dried Fruit and Nuts
I consider the term “bulk buy” more of a lifestyle than a shopping decision. In Philly, we have a store called “Nuts to You”, where you can mix and match your own bag of nutty goodness. You can get some serious weight on the scale before you even have to break out a tenner. One visit’s haul can last you through more than a few rounds. The best advice I could give is a twist on the classic line that Hamlet gave Ophelia: “Get thee to a nuttery!”
Peanut Butter Protein Balls
These spherical globs of goodness are the best sort of homemade snack: easy to make, totally delicious, and even more nutritious. Carve out 15 minutes of your life the night before you hit the links, and throw these suckers together. Keep them in your fridge or freezer and they’re good for an anytime, anywhere snack. Check out the recipe here.
If you’re a gym rat, then you’re likely familiar with this supplement. If you’re not necessarily hungry, but could use an energy boost, branched chain amino acids are a simple way to fill that gap. They can promote protein synthesis, repair muscle fibers and restore your energy. My favorite is a blend called Scivation Xtend. Get a tub of the Blood Orange flavor and mix a scoop in your water bottle.
If you can’t be bothered to make something of your own, and you’ve got ample time to make a pit stop, pick up a protein bar. But don’t settle for the sugar-bomb candy bars in disguise; find something with real ingredients that you can feel good about eating. A good rule of thumb when deciding which bar is best is to look at the ingredient list and see if you recognize, or can even pronounce what’s listed. The best bars have expiration dates that are before your next passport renewal. My favorites are Perfect Bars and Rx Bars, which are both chock full of real food. If you don’t want to shell out cash after spending half your paycheck on a sunrise Saturday tee time, refer back to the Peanut Butter Protein Balls above.