Your #1 Nutritional Tip

Nutritional Tip #1: Plan ahead, bring snacks.

When you’re out on a long ride, either for training or for pleasure, having the right foods is the key to an excellent ride. What’s right for you may not be right for your riding buddy, so be prepared and bring your own.

Experiment with different foods that pack a nutritional punch such as trail mix, nutritional bars, fruit bars or simply a PB&J on whole grain bread. Keep these items on hand so it’s always easy to pack your pockets and hit the open road.

Emergency hunger pangs are the quickest way to break your healthy eating patterns. It’s one thing to be in your kitchen with a fridge full of fruits and vegetables, but when you’re out on the road, you never know what you’re going when your desperate for a snack. And when you’re with a group of people, you’re at the mercy of the group decision, which could land you at a burgers-and-fries place before you know it.

Snacking on healthy treats, especially treats that you know work well for your body’s needs, is a great way to stay on track. That when when you get stuck, you’ve at least had a portion of your positive nutrients for the day.

It’s worth saying it again: Plan ahead, bring snacks!

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