Ski lodge offerings have come a long way over the years and it’s actually possible to find some healthy options … for a pretty penny. Better yet, stash a few portable picks in your multipocket ski jacket, and then snack away on the chairlift.
#1: Granola bar
Choose a soft granola bar so it won’t crumble if you take a spill.
- Kashi Chewy Granola Bars Honey Almond Flax
- Nature Valley Dark Chocolate Cherry
- KIND Fruit & Nut Almond and Apricot (above)
Get an extra boost of protein and calcium from single-serving cheeses. (Just zip a piece in the pocket of your ski attire — it’s cold enough outside to keep it safe to eat throughout the day!)
- The Laughing Cow Mini Baby Bel
- Horizon Organic Mozzarella String Cheese (above)
- Cabot Serious Sharp Cheddar Cheese (individually wrapped)
#3: Trail Mix
Make your own crunchy mix of nuts, dried fruit and whole-grain cereal. Pack in a resealable plastic bag for a quick grab-and-go bite while on the line for your next trip up the mountain. You can also opt to buy premade trail mix or pack nuts or dried fruit on their own.
- Blue Diamond 100 Calorie Pack Whole and Natural Almonds
- ThinkFruit Dried Fruit Snacks (individual packs)
#4: Peanut Butter and Celery
Cut up celery sticks and keep in a resealable plastic bag with a snack-size cup or pouch of peanut butter.
- Justin’s Classic Peanut Butter or Almond Butter 80-Calorie Squeeze Pack
- The Sneaky Chef No-Nut Butter Portion Cups
- Jif To Go Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
#5: Sports Bars
For the high-intensity athlete, a few extra calories and protein are required to get through the day on those black diamond slopes.
- LUNA Chocolate Dipped Coconut or Lemon Zest
- Clif Builder’s Crunchy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Mint
- LARA Bar ALT Cinnamon Apple Crisp (gluten-free)
#6: PB & J
It’s super-easy to make a couple of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on whole-grain bread for the entire family. Slice each sandwich into quarters and pack in a resealable plastic bag.
It’s important to replenish lost fluids throughout the day when doing outdoor winter sports. Just because you’re not sweating under the hot sun doesn’t mean you can’t dehydrate. Carry a bottle of water with you on the slopes — or even make sure to sip a warm toddy during stops at the lodge.
Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby’s full bio »