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Healthy Snacks on the Course

You need to eat healthy for your best performance on the golf course. During a typical 5+ hour round you may start feeling hungry and a little bit tired. Thatís your body telling you that it needs food for energy.

The easiest thing to do when you start feeling those hunger pangs is to grab something quick at the snack shop after 9 holes or from the food cart on the course. Donít do it! Donít even be tempted. There is nothing healthy for you there except maybe a bottle of water but youíll be paying a premium for anything you purchase.

Typical offerings at the golf course are hot dogs, potato chips and candy bars. If youíre thinking of eating healthy you may opt for a granola bar but that likely is no better. Many popular granola bars are full of sugar that will actually make you feel more tired.

Better snack options start before you leave for the course or even the day before. Plan ahead and bring your own snacks. It doesnít have to be anything elaborate or even anything that requires you to cook food. Think ďfinger foodĒ with ingredients that donít melt. Here are some great snack food choices that you can pack with you to the golf course

Plain almonds are best but really all nuts are great snack food for energy. If you opt for pistachios or sunflower seeds be sure they are shelled. Thereís nothing worse than following the group in front of you who is leaving behind a trail of garbage.

One of the best snack foods you can choose is a banana. Other great options are apple slices and grapes. Wash them off, put them in a plastic bag, and youíre ready to go. Thereís no mess, nothing sticky to get on your fingers, and itís so easy.

You can bring cut up veggies with you for a quick snack anytime. You may enjoy celery with peanut butter or carrots with ranch dip but donít be tempted to manage that on the course. Better and easier to bring plain veggies cut up in small bit sizes.

Consider making a healthy sandwich to bring with you to the course. Whole wheat bread with turkey, lettuce, and tomato is a great choice, but hold the mayo. Donít forget the old standby PBJ. Thereís nothing wrong with a little peanut butter and jelly on a piece of bread folder over for a quick snack.

If youíre feeling really ambitious with extra time there are plenty of great recipes online for you to make your own healthy and natural snacks on and off the course.

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