Riding, training and spending time at the barn are the things you crave if you are a horse owner. Speaking of craving, making sure you eat healthy and often enough while you are working or riding your horse is very important.
Have you heard the term, hangry? A person who gets angry when they are hungry. Well, we know you will work better, ride better and have more patience with your horse when you are keeping yourself energized and healthy.
So here are what we would like to call, 3 perfect snacks for the barn life for you to keep yourself full and energized. These snacks are easy to grab on the go and snack on before, during or after your ride. We encourage you to try these and share your ideas with us too.
#1 - Graham Crackers & Peanut Butter
Break up a few graham crackers and put them in a baggie or small, sealable kitchen container. Then grab your choice of peanut butter, almond butter or Nutella (because who doesn't love a little Nutella, right?). That is a snack that will hold you over until you are done riding and ready to eat a big meal.
Peanut butter has protein as well as potassium — which lowers the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. It also contains fiber, healthy fats, magnesium to fortify your bones and muscles, Vitamin E and antioxidants.
And graham crackers, well they are a healthy little snack by themselves as well. This low-calorie treat may help you satisfy your sweet tooth without indulging in chocolate or ice cream that contains hundreds of calories. According to the USDA, the crackers also have 1 g of protein, 1.4 g of fat and .4 g of fiber per large rectangle. You can also try apples and peanut butter too for a healthy delicious snack!
#2 - Nuts about Nuts
According to Everyday Health, "Nuts are underrated as nutritious snacks — particularly raw tree nuts, such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, and more, which have been linked to lower cholesterol, better heart health, weight control, and even a lower cancer risk".
Nuts are a great snack during the hotter months because there is no need to refrigerate. Plus, you can grab a handful in between tasks easily to curb hunger or cravings.
There are so many types of nuts, many of which offer a flavored version, so why not go nuts for nuts while you are sitting at a horse show, mucking stalls on the weekend or enjoying a weekday trail ride.
#3 - It's as Simple as a Snack Bar
Snack Bars are super easy, quick and incredibly delicious.
If you are a trainer and in between lessons, or at a show and need to curb the craving in between classes they are a perfect idea.
Our favorite brands are Luna and Kind. There are many different flavors that are packed with carbs and protein to keep you full and happy. There are also many other organic bars out there that are sure to tickle your tastebuds, so just find what you like and keep some on hand at the barn, in the car or in your saddle bag.
These are just a few ideas of snacks that can help keep you performing your best. We find that horse owners are so on point with their horse's feed and care that many times they forget to care for themselves. So, this is us giving you a friendly reminder to plan ahead this week and grab these healthy snacks for on the go. You will thank yourself later!
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