Happy Fitness Friday!I often get asked what types of food I eat on the golf course, so I figured a Fitness Friday blog would be the perfect place to answer your questions! Food is one of my favorite topics. I wake up thinking about what I am going to eat for dinner, and go to bed dreaming about breakfast. Needless to say, I really love food. Our bodies are a reflection of our habits, and as a professional athlete, I need to fuel my body properly.
What and when I eat on the golf course depends on what time of day I am playing. I do not like the feeling of being super full while playing, so I prefer to pack a few small snacks instead of a larger meal. I believe it is good to get some protein in early during the round, and some carbs/quicker energy on the back nine to help you finish strong! If I have an early tee time, I typically have a snack late in the front 9 or at the turn, as I am still full from breakfast. This snack will be high in protein such as a bag of nuts or a protein bar. I love almonds and walnuts, and my favorite protein bars are KIND bars and theNO COW bars. On the back 9, I will most likely eat a piece of fruit such as a banana, apple, or some grapes somewhere between the 14th and 16th holes. This, along with plenty of water, will keep me full, hydrated, and energized during my round so that I am able to focus and compete to the best of my ability!
Playing a late morning/early afternoon round makes things a bit more complicated! When this occurs, I typically do not eat lunch, but pack a series of snacks to keep my body and mind fueled for making lots of birdies!!! I feel that is best to avoid processed foods when playing golf (especially if you are playing competitively)!!! Things such as candy bars, hot dogs, and soda create unpredictable highs and lows in our energy levels (the “crash and burn”), which is not good for maintaining endurance and stamina on the course. Therefore, healthy snacking takes proper preparation and thinking ahead…for me this happens the night before a round! Here are some examples of my “Golf Grub” in the order I would eat them:
-small protein shake or protein bar
-peanut/almond butter on whole wheat crackers
-sliced carrot sticks with hummus
-lean turkey slices rolled up with spinach and mustard
-small bag of nuts/raisins
-sliced celery sticks or peppers
If you don’t like the sound of these, here are some other healthy bites to try: dried fruit, low-fat popcorn, granola bars, dry cereal, pretzels, rice cakes, jerkies, string cheese, whole wheat toast with peanut or almond butter, and whole wheat crackers with lean turkey and cheese…YUM!!!!
I believe in almost every aspect of my life that moderation is key. A balance of fruits and vegetables, protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats will help maintain steady energy levels so you can remain in control on the course. I hope you are able to digest all of this information and use it to help you manage your nutrition on the course. Happy Fitness Friday!