I like to cook for the most part, but I don’t enjoy cooking when we are going in 3 or 4 different directions 3 or 4 nights a week due to volleyball, jr. high football, and high school football schedules. I can say, in all honesty, that I have survived an entire football and volley ball season sitting in the stands for countless evening hours without ever visiting the concession stand!
How? I plan ahead. Plan, plan, plan!
- Grill or cook your meat in advance in bulk. I grill 10-12 chicken breasts at a time and put them in the fridge. Some I season with fajita seasoning, some I leave plain, some with other spices. I also bake fish (although not as ideal for a ball game), and grill lean cuts of beef. I have been known to take a turkey burger on the run as well (it stays quite warm on the dash of my car during Aug. and Sept. ball games).
- Have fresh veggies cut and ready: all colors of peppers, celery, cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, carrots, (you get the idea).
- Have fresh fruits that are easy to eat on the go – grapes, apples, and bananas.
- Have small storage containers to take food on the run.
- Have a small cooler or insulated lunch bag.
- Have a variety of nuts on hand (I like cocoa dusted almonds for that inevitable craving for something sweet).
- Have a big water bottle at all times.
- Supplemental protein powders are great for protein on the run as well, but I try not to make that my entire meal, however, it does help if I have a sweet tooth that day!
Now, with this combination of foods, you can have quick and easy chicken or steak salad (add some vinegar and olive oil and you have your healthy fats too), fajitas on the run (just add a high fiber tortilla), chicken strips and raw veggies (makes great finger food in the stands), an apple and some almonds, and so on. Don’t misunderstand, you need other foods in your diet such as sweet potatoes, rice, oats, other grains, and lots of other veggies that are not so good raw, but when you are on the run, the above list will get you through!
Yes, sometimes I get tired of eating the same things, that’s why I try to change-up the combinations. Like everything in life, it’s a choice to eat well, regardless of where you are or what’s going on. Besides, fall sports don’t last forever.