Our family are quite experienced in travelling for sport particularly for athletics. Here is the food I packed for our regional athletics trip for the weekend for two of our kids, who were competing in Wollongong last month. With state athletics coming up this weekend in Sydney, it is a good time to plan the food you will take with you.
Most food groups are covered here. The protein is in the quiche (eggs), the nut bars and the tuna with crackers. Protein helps muscles repair after exercise and should be eaten 1-2 hours after exercise for the greatest benefit.
The carbs are in the cereal, wraps and hot cross buns and of course, the snakes for the car trip. Carbs provide energy for active kids and are a good source of fibre.
And then there's the ultimate training and competition food for energy- bananas.
Planning the food you will pack for travelling helps your athletes to perform at their best! It is less likely to be high in fat or salt than take-aways. High fat foods cause tummy upsets and salty foods make us more thirsty.
Make sure the food you pack is food they like and have tried before. There's nothing worse than them feeling sick in the stomach after eating something new just before competing, especially remembering the nervous energy that might be present.
Packing food also saves money as well- you don't need to depend quite so much on the junk food available on the highway!
Our hope is that our kids enjoy their sporting events and do their best!
Leanne is an experienced dietitian who is passionate about helping people eat well.