Hopefully, you’ve started your day with a glass or two of water and a good quality breakfast to maintain that blood sugar.
Now the key is to maintain that throughout the round. My recommendation is to have something to eat about every 3 – 4 holes. So the question is always-well what do you eat? The things to consider here are: what foods are available to you? Do you need to pack something or does the club offer high-quality choices? And will you be able to digest it comfortably? (examples: nuts/seeds, jerkies, trail mix, celery-peanut butter).
Don’ts: soda, sports drinks, alcohol, hot dogs, and chips. These food are high in sodium or sugar and will ultimately dehydrate you and have no nutritional value.
Most sports drinks have more sugar than you need. The typical sports drink will have about 17 grams per ounce, which is quite a bit. The game of golf doesn’t require that amount as you aren’t using that many carbs walking around the course. They are also filled with artificial colors and dyes. None of which your body needs to be consuming, during golf or ever for that matter.
The chief ingredient in these drinks is caffeine and too much caffeine can be detrimental to your game if you are over-caffeinated. jittery hands, etc.
Brett’s Bottom Line:
Sports drinks and energy drinks – are not needed for the game of golf. If you are properly hydrated with water will do you just fine.
So what do you eat and drink to stay hydrated and energized throughout the round?
Hydration Do’s: When available – drinking water is going to be your first choice. Another great choice (if available is coconut water). Coconut water contains 5 essential electrolytes: potassium, magnesium, sodium, calcium, and phosphorus. Key nutrients in rehydrating after sweaty endurance work.
Eating Do’s – Healthy Snacks For On – Or Off The Course
When it comes to snacking on the course your best bet is to pack it yourself. Get some small ziplock bags and fill them with unsalted nuts: peanuts, cashews, almonds, etc., and some dried fruit. Creating your own trail mix.
Otherwise the following make some great snacks too:
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Brett’s Bottom Line:
To play 18 rounds you need energy and real energy comes from real food. Avoid highly processed foods, sugar, salt, alcohol, and caffeine on the course. Stay hydrated and keep your blood sugar levels stable by stacking approximately every 3 – 4 holes.
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