Quick Nutrition For Your Rides

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If you’re making the time to get to the barn and ride, make sure you have the energy to make the most of it! These quick and simple snacks give you just the nutritional boost you need.

Quick nutrition to fuel your ride with

The key for an effective pre-ride snack is to keep it light enough to avoid jostling a full stomach but substantial enough to fuel your efforts. A balance of protein and carbs is the ticket.

Yogurt Parfait

Top ¼ cup nonfat yogurt with 2 tablespoons of granola and ½ cup fresh strawberries. Mix up several of these in small jars on Sunday to be prepared for busier weekdays!

Coffee Buff?

Skip the empty calories of your average coffee shop treat. Blend one cup of iced coffee and 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder for a pick-me-up that powers your muscles too.

An Apple To Share

There’s an extra benefit to snacking on apple slices with nut butter – it’s a treat your horse will be happy to share. Look for a nut butter without added sugars for the most nutritious option.

A mini meal

2-3 ozs (the size of your palm) of sliced chicken breast and equal serving of sweet potatoes is a great option for when you need something more substantial – like before an afterwork evening ride.

Channel Elvis

1-2 tablespoons of all-natural peanut butter and half a sliced banana on whole-wheat toast will satisfy a sweet tooth in addition to fueling your ride if you’ve been dragging in in the saddle.

A bar of the protein kind

But take a look at the nutritional information before you buy. A good protein bar should have no more than 200 calories, at least 5 grams of protein and around 25 grams of carbs -otherwise, it’s basically a dressed up candy bar.

Make it a date

For a sweet treat, slice open pitted Medjool dates (a large, sweet variety of dates) and slide a half-tablespoon of nut butter inside. The fiber in dates helps keep your blood sugar from spiking and stabilizes your energy levels. Perfect for windy rides where you know your horse will be finding tigers under every leaf.

Chicks it is!

Just crack open a can of chickpeas, rinse to remove extra sodium, season with lemon juice and a bit of parsley or your favorite other seasoning, and snack away. One quarter-cup of these legumes offers 10 grams of protein and 30 grams of carbs, including almost 9 grams of fiber to fuel your ride.

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Digital strategist Kristen Smith, author of If The Saddle Fits, offers equestrian bloggers a place to learn, grow and connect with Blogging From The Barn. She holds multiple nutrition certifications and at her day job, helps equestrian professionals and businesses to harness the power of social media at KLSmith Creative.

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