Last time we talked about eating for tournaments and the importance of being PREPARED http://doctorjacq.com/road-tournament-eating-part-1-2/. So today, we will go shopping for that important away tournament. As a parent of 2 young athletes, I am well aware of how expensive athletic fees, equipment, private coaching (and for us ice time) can be. And while it would be ideal for all of us to shop at a health food store or farmer’s market, I love that we can now find very good options for fueling young athletes at Target! Yes, Target! I wanted to prove to all of you (and myself), that you can indeed find reasonable choices without breaking the bank. My goal was to find as many “Doctor Jacq Approved” items as I could to fuel a young athlete (and even a few teammates!) for less than $50…and I did it! I found 17 items, including fruits, vegetables and even a gallon of water! Score! (no pun intended). Here’s what I got:
1. Mini Watermelon ($4.19/mini): Watermelon is packed with vitamins A, B6 and C, and has an impressive amount of lycopene and potassium. Fun Fact: a slice of watermelon provides as much fluid as a glass of water, since it has a 92% water content! This makes it an ideal option for halftime!
2. Laughing Cow Smooth Sensations Cream Cheese Spread ($2.48/8 wedges): These yummy little portions of cream cheese are perfect for spreading on 100% whole wheat cracker or bagel. It has 1/3 less fat than regular cream cheese and 45 calories per wedge.
3. Bananas ($0.24 each x 6=$1.44): A sports nutrition powerhouse, bananas are a great source of potassium, manganese and carbohydrates. They are great to eat before or after exercise, and always an easy sell with kids!
4. Gala apples ($2.99 for a bag of 12): You know what they say; an apple a day…and it’s true in sports nutrition too! Apples a great source of vitamin C and fiber; great for halftime, or eaten with peanut butter for a delicious post-game snack.
5. Jif To Go Natural Peanut Butter Singles ($2.36/8): These perfect little portions of peanut butter are tasty, nutritious, full of good fats and protein. Perfect pairing with apples, whole wheat bagels or pretzels. BEST sandwich ever: whole wheat sandwich thins, peanut butter, honey and bananas…yum!
6. Stonyfield Organic Pomegranate/Raspberry/Acai Greek Yogurt ($3.99): This great 4-pack, at 90 calories each, provides 10 grams of protein and 12 grams of carbohydrates. Sprinkle some granola or add fresh fruit and you have a perfect post-game recovery snack. Also a great option for those times when there’s less than 2 hours between games and not enough time for a full meal.
7. Green Giant Baby Carrots ($1.50/pkg): Always a kid favorite, these little carrots pack a nutritional punch. They are a good source of over 15 vitamins, minerals and beta-carotene. They are low in calories, rich in carbohydrates for muscle recovery, and kids love their sweetness and crunch! Even my picky one!
8. Simply Balanced Honey ($3.00): Honey has been of great value in sports nutrition for a long time. It is a natural high-energy sweetener and provides much needed carbohydrates to replenish muscle glycogen after exercise. As I mentioned, GREAT in a sandwich with peanut butter and bananas. It can also be used to make your own sports drink! Just mix with water, juice and a little salt and voila! Check out my recipe for exact amounts http://doctorjacq.com/hydration-sports-much-keeping-kids-hydrated/.
9. Clif Bars- Blueberry Crisp ($5.89/6): These bars provide 3 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein and are a big hit with young athletes. They are also best used for in between matches.
10. Orowheat Sandwich Thins ($2.89/8): I love these and I use them at home and always recommend them for the field. Great for quick sandwiches on the road, peanut butter or natural deli meats with cream cheese wedges.
11. Hormel Natural Choice Deli Meats- Oven Roasted Deli Turkey ($2.99/pkg): Good option for kids on the road, this deli meat has 60 calories for 3 slices and provides 11 grams of protein and only 1 gram of fat. Sure beats that fast food burger!
12. Simply Balanced Classic Muesli Cereal ($3.29): Excellent source of carbohydrates, this muesli/granola is perfect as a snack or to top our greek yogurts.
13. Mini BabyBel Original ($2.99/6): These little round cheeses have 4 grams of protein for a quick snack kids love. My son would love if I let him peel off the wax on all of them at once!
14. GoGo Squeeze Applesauce On The Go ($2.49/4): A no-mess squeezable pouch that even older kids enjoy (they just wont tell!). Made with 100% fruit they provide a natural source of carbohydrates for those active muscles!
15. Simply Balanced Whole Grain Crisps ($2.33/pkg): Crunchy, salty and delicious, these little crisps are sure to please! They contain 20 grams of whole grain per serving, and they make a perfect “snack pack” when enjoyed with hummus and some baby carrots.
16. Sabra Hummus ($2.99/container): Made from chickpeas, hummus is a good source of plant protein, one favored by vegetarians. It also contains a healthy dose of Omega-3 Fatty Acids. I love to use hummus as my “sandwich spread” instead of mayo.
17. Arrowhead water ($0.98 + $0.10/gallon): Can’t forget about hydration! I even managed to add a gallon of water for the road trip!
Seventeen items, grand total…$48.89 (no tax for food, yay!) All in all, I was VERY happy with the selection and affordable choices found at my local Target…so next time your kid has an away tournament, BE PREPARED! Your child (and your wallet!) will thank you!