Hitting the mountain this season? Getting ready for a day of skiing or snowboarding can be more grueling and time-consuming than the act itself, with having to track down gloves and goggles and standing in line for rentals and tickets, not to mention breaking a sweat yanking on the godforsaken boots. The pre-skiing morning can be so jam-packed that you might forget to pin down lunch, meaning your ski break will undoubtedly entail overpriced, fried foods that’ll weigh you down for your afternoon runs. This winter, do things a little differently by packing easy-to-make, energizing foods that’ll get you back on the mountain fueled up and ready to go, with a few extra dollars in your wallet to boot.
After shredding the mountain run after run, get your head back in the game (or back in your ski helmet) with Trisha Yearwood’s Power Balls. Packed with peanut butter, oats, chocolate chips and more, these good-for-you bites are perfectly portable, so you can pack them in your ski jacket and eat them on the chairlift. Just don’t drop them!
Though the overpriced vats of chili and overdone burgers served at the lodge might seem appealing at the time, you’ll be so glad you went for a light, hand-held bite like this once you’re back on the slopes. At just under 250 calories and with a no-frills assembly, these Ham and Havarti Pinwheels are super-easy to wrap up before heading to the mountain.
For the thermos toters out there, pack up warming Vegetable Noodle Soup that will be as soothing and restoring as a mug of hot cocoa. Leave the thermos in the car or in a locker so it’s good to go after a few runs.
Since getting ready for the mountain is so laborious, make lunch ultra-easy by nixing the morning or night-before prep. Instead, bring everything you need to make Breadless Peanut Butter and Chia-Jam Sandwiches with you. They’re crunchy, filling, high in fiber and just what you need to finish the day strong. Leave the ingredients in your car or in a locker.
If you’re struck with a sweet craving, don’t go for just any sweet treat that’ll leave you with a sugar crash after your first run. Giada De Laurentiis’ nutty Apricot Oat Bars are chewy, sweet and loaded with lots of good stuff that’ll keep you on your A-game.
Need more ski-day inspiration? Take a look at these no-fridge-needed foods you can store in your ski lodge locker.