Sports Snacks: Food Options for Hungry Athletes

Four O'clock Pre-Game Dinner

Before a 7 p.m. basketball game

  • Any of the carbo-loading dinners or brunch suggestions
  • Cheese ravioli, tomato sauce, peas, fruit salad, sugar cookie
  • Grilled chicken (small portion) with baked potato/low fat sour cream, steamed carrots, bread, blueberry cobbler, low fat milk (or milk alternatives: lactose-free milk, soy milk)
  • Turkey sub with lettuce, tomato, low fat mayonnaise, baked potato chips, vanilla yogurt and oatmeal-raisin cookie
  • Wonton soup, stir-fried chicken with veggies, steamed rice, lo mein noodles, pineapple chunks, fortune cookie

Grab 'n' Go Snack

100 to 300 non-perishable calories within the hour pre-exercise, stored in your desk or gym bag

  • Nature Valley Granola Bar
  • Quaker Chewy Bar
  • Nutri-Grain Cereal Bar
  • Fig Newtons
  • Teddy Grahams
  • Graham crackers
  • Nilla Wafers
  • Animal crackers
  • Hard or soft pretzels
  • Cinnamon raisin bagel
  • Snack-box raisins
  • Trail mix

Energy Bar Options to Fit Assorted Dietary Preferences

Good tasting, all-natural ingredients:

  • Zing Bar
  • Clif Nectar Bar
  • Lara Bar
  • Perfect 10 Bar
  • Odwalla Ba
  •  KIND Bar
  • NRG-Bar
  • PowerBar Harvest

Gluten-free bars:

  • Bora Bora Bars
  • Lara Bars
  • PURE Bar,
  • First Endurance Bar
  • Hammer Bar
  • Wings of Nature Bar
  • Zing Bar

Nut-free:

Raw:

  • Raw Revolution Bar
  • PURE bar

Vegan:

  • Pure Fit
  • Lara Bar
  • Hammer Bar
  • Vega Whole Food Raw Energy Bar
  • Clif Builder's Bar
  • Perfect 10
  • ReNew Life Organic Energy Bar

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