The Best Snacks to Pack for a Day of Fun in the Snow

One of the best parts about living in Michigan is being able to head outside in the winter for a fun-filled day of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and other outdoor sports. But when you do, be smart about bringing food along so that you don’t have to head home early due to a rumbling stomach.

The first thing to do is eat a good breakfast at home so that you stay energized throughout the morning. Foods with fiber and protein like oatmeal, fresh fruit, yogurt and eggs are good choices, as are natural carbohydrates like potatoes.

If you’re going to be out past lunchtime, pack something that will replenish your energy for the second half of your day. Lunches should include a good supply of carbohydrates to keep your muscles fueled, salty foods like nuts (they help replace salt lost during perspiration) and lean proteins, to keep your body feeling full without feeling drowsy. For instance, try a sandwich with avocado, turkey breast, lettuce and tomato along with a handful or two of blueberries, nuts, dried cherries or kale chips.

As for what snacks to pack, consider hearty and portable options that can fit in the pockets of your coat or in a small backpack. The following options will help to keep you going as you burn calories throughout the day.

What else should you bring? Plenty of water, sunscreen and sunglasses. And if you’re ready for more unique winter sports, check out these places for curling, the luge and ski jumping.


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