Whether you are traveling with a team to a tournament, adventuring out on a road trip, or just stopping to fill your car with gas and grabbing a quick snack – the gas station is a place we all frequent that is full of food and beverages that can quickly derail your sports nutrition game plan.
With all of the convenient choices at your fingertips, it is important to know what to select to fuel your performance and keep you on track with your nutrition goals. The good news is that amongst the donuts, hot dogs, soda, and ice cream, there are nutritious choices available if you know what to look for.
A general rule of thumb at gas stations is to avoid the pre-made entrees, such as pizza, hot dogs, nachos, and burritos, often found in heated display cases. These items are highly processed, full of saturated fat and sodium, and not the nutrition you need to fuel your body for sport. You are much better off choosing a nourishing snack that can hold you over until your next meal. Items such as beef jerky, pretzels, granola bars, nuts and seeds, dried fruit, sports drinks, and sparkling water are all great options you can find on the aisles of most gas station stores.
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