What to eat, to keep you going

- November 18, 2009

So we covered one of the most important parts about snowboarding and that’s keeping warm.  Now let’s touch on what to eat while snowboarding.

FruitbasketWhen we are snowboarding we want to spend as much time as we can riding trails, glades and hitting up the park, not hitting up the lodge.  So we pack snacks to eat.  If your doing a strenuous activity such as snowboarding you don’t want to eat so much that you feel full because it may ruin the rest of your day.  So here we are to offer ideas that you can try yourself.

First lets start with some education.  During any kind of exercise your body produces an acid, called lactate acid, in your muscles.  As you continue your activity this acid will continue to build and when your muscle tissue can no longer use it up fast enough, this acid causes cramping.

So the first thing you should know is that bananas are really high in potassium, about 400-450mg to be precise.  Potassium has the ability to replenish what is needed to relieve cramping.  The next thing you will want to know is how to keep your energy up.  Apples are actually high in sugar and at roughly 20g they will have what you need to keep your energy levels up.  The thing that most people don’t know about apples is that the real nutrition is in the skin of the apple which contains all the vitamins and fiber.  The meat of the apple contains fiber but mostly naturally occurring sugar. You want to make sure that you eat the whole thing to get the vitamins plus the sugar. The last type of snack you will want is peanuts (unless you have allergies to them of course).  Peanuts are packed with tons of protein and iron (a widely accepted replacement for red meat) and are also one of the few foods that can supply vitamin D.  Overall your body really can’t do without protein.  If you still need a boost in energy have a Snickers.  I hoped that you find this helpful and if you have an idea of your own to share please feel free to do so.

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Posted by srule, under Tips, Tricks & Helpful Info.
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  • Shane

    Haha not that I actually meant carry them in your pocket while snowboarding. And the drinks are also a good idea but for someone like me suffering from acid reflux, those energy drinks just give me heartburn. So I’d prefer water and the energy foods just don’t taste right to me either

  • I tried to bring a banana once… it didn’t work… it got all bruised and gross… lol. I just bring a Clif bar and drink some Emergen-C. I eat the Clif bar slowly throughout the day, it’s always worked for me. PB&J sammies too 🙂 Clif also has something else, I think it’s called Clif shots? It’s a powder you mix in your drinks, the lemon-lime flavor is good. I always bring that when I do a rail jam, keeps me going!!

  • What about a thermo with hot green tea? Energy, rehydration and some warmth!

    Sorry to hear about the death of BND, but this is a nice new site you have here. I’ll write something up at Skatessentials.

  • i’m not sure how long an apple or banana will last in my pocket but ill give it a try. ha