Snacks for Golfers: What to Eat Between Holes

Monday, May 3rd 2010

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You wouldn’t think most people would mention the words ‘golf’ and ‘nutrition’ in the same sentence – but the truth is I get this question a lot:

“Joey, what are some good snack foods to take with me during 18 holes of golf?”

Most people don’t realize it but golf is a physically (and mentally) demanding sport. We already know that optimal flexibility with proper core conditioning is essential to your ideal game and long term abilities…

But what most people underestimate is the power of the nutritional element. When we talk about sports performance – regardless of the sport – what you put into your body is a critical factor. No two ways about it…

On-the-course snacking is something that baffles most golfers. Truth is, it’s quite simple. During a typical round of golf – it’s easy to let time slip by without refueling your body with an ideal mix of fat/protein/carbs.

Without the right “fuel mixture” – your engines can’t run properly… Your performance suffers and you don’t even know why. You might think your timing is off – when in reality your blood sugar is low and you’re a bit “off center”.

With some simple – but balanced, nutrient intake – you can fix that problem.

So here are my top picks for ideal snacks to take to the course:

ONE – Two ounces of almonds, cashews or walnuts and a banana.

TWO – Two cheddar cheese sticks and an apple.

THREE – 3/4 cup of dried-fruit & nut granola mix and carrot sticks.

FOUR – Two nutrition bars with proper nutrient ratios for stable blood sugar levels and optimal energy. You want to be sure to stay away from any type of bar with artificial/chemical sweeteners (such as aspartame, acesulfame-potassium, sucralose, etc…). These can do a number on your focus and clarity – not to mention your long term health.

My top recommendation for a nutrition bar is this one:
Golf Nutrition Bar for Between Holes <= click to see

WARNING: if you have kids, and they find your stash of these bars – they will devour them. Yes, they are that good. Truth be told – I’m glad to let my kids eat these because there is no crap in them – and they are USDA Organic. Only 180 calories and ready for you to just grab and go.

So, just let your golf buddies eat those fake-cheese-crackers while you have a few secret performance weapons in your little bag:
Golfer’s Secret Weapon Nutrition Bar <= click to see

All 3 flavors are incredible and what's perfect is I just place a quick re-order every 3 or 4 weeks. I don't ever worry about running out of these because every month my new stash is delivered right to my doorstep. Life is easy - and good!

Let me know how much you love them,
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Joey Atlas
MS – Exercise Physiology
Golf Performance Specialist
Partner of ProGrade Nutrition

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