Early morning hockey practices, midweek evening games and weekend hockey tournaments out of town—these make for many hours on the road! It can be hard to make healthy food choices when you are on the move, but with a little planning and nutrition know-how, healthy eating doesn’t have to be compromised. Consider these tips, which provide better-for-you options for you and your hockey player:
- Pack a cooler for the car. The more fresh produce you pack, the better. Save yourself some frustration and wash, cut and bag veggies ahead of time. Add some snacks like crackers and cheese, pretzels, granola bars, chocolate milk, yogurt, nuts and trail mixes.
- Try these Grab and Go Breakfast ideas. Put cold whole grain cereal and milk in separate covered containers and mix at your destination; make a smoothie by blending yogurt, a banana, frozen berries and orange juice; bake and freeze granola bars or muffins, defrost the night before and eat with a piece of fruit or glass of juice.
- If you can’t pack food, get more nutrition at restaurants. If you have to dine out, make a conscious effort to choose healthier options and encourage your family to do so as well. Make the decision to eat a healthier meal before you reach the restaurant. Many restaurant chains publish their nutrition information on the Internet—use this information to plan ahead before you’re tempted when placing your order. Choose milk or orange juice as a beverage and plain baked potato or salad as a side dish, and always ask for extra veggies!
- Try to serve a meal as close to departure time as possible. Choose foods high in fibre. High-fibre foods help you and your hockey player feel full longer.
- Make food in bulk. On days with more free time, cook extra soups, chilis, stews, pizzas, pastas and other dishes and freeze them. You can quickly prepare these for your family when you get home late from hockey practice or a game.
Getting the necessary nutrients is important for the hockey player and the rest of the family. By following these tips and consuming plenty of fluids, everyone will be ready for the big game—as players or spectators!