Travel can be hard and Fast Food can be convenient. First, let’s challenge the thought that since you are eating fast food you can’t make sound nutritional decisions. It’s important that you enjoy what you eat and it is also important to fuel for performance or your work day. If eating certain foods will make you feel sluggish or take away from performance then let’s change that! Here are simple tips and meals that can make fast food convenient and nutritious!
What to look for?
- Find options on the menu lower in added sugars.
- Look for items lower in Saturated Fat and Avoid Trans-fat. Especially before the competition.
- Athletes have higher sodium needs but sodium is still worth looking at when ordering fast food! If their is no way to reduce sodium, then prioritize more water.
- Look to add fiber!
- Add protein-rich snacks prior to eating fast food so you are not overly hungry.
- Add color to the meal to form a complete plate!
- Drink Plenty of Water, Fast food meals tend to be high in sodium heightening your need for water.
Ordering at Chipotle:
- Pre-competition focus on Carbohydrates and Protein.
- Save Fats such as queso, guac, sour cream, cheese for Post-competition
- Double protein for Post-Workout to promote muscle recovery
- Veggies & Brown rice both pre- or Post-workout for adequate energy and micronutrients
Tips Ordering Coffee drinks:
- Aim to limit Added Sugar
- Avoid syrups is preferred, Sugar-Free syrups are better alternative to support weight loss.
- Choose low-fat milk to support weight loss goals.
- Whole-fat milk may be preferred for weight gain goals.
- Caffeine Recommendations <400mg