The New Lunch Box 5 Must Have Snacks for Every Gear Bag

Power of Potassium
Potassium is a nutrient that is key to our good health and performance. It is what helps keep our muscles, nerves and heart working in proper order. They say you cannot teach heart, but you can make sure it works properly by a daily dose of bananas and avocados which you’ll soon read about.


#3 Bananas.
To hook a heel, one must first have a banana without a peel.

Bananas are grown in their own little protective jackets so they could not be easier to carry around to and from the gym/office, which are one and the same. They are full of vitamins and minerals that provide necessary recovery or pre-workout boosting carbohydrates and sugars. There are all sorts of articles for or against bananas because of their nutritional content. Sure, maybe they are a little high in carbohydrates and sugars for the average human to be consuming daily. Luckily, we are not that, we train long hours at a steady pace, so while our muscles are firing off as we sink in our favorite collar choke over and over again we are depleting the body’s glycogen storage aka our energy. We need our energy stores to be nice and full when it’s time to start training, so what better way than with a damn tasty treat that we just so happen to have laying in our bag. Get a collar grip, rip nature’s gi off that banana and get on the mats.


Best for Pre-training
The best part about bananas is they come with their own packaging. Thanks Mother Nature!



#4 Protein Powders & Vegetable Supplements
Don’t be a fool, remember to refuel.

Protein shakes aren’t only for stacking on slabs of corded muscles. They are excellent time saving meal replacements, catabolism eliminators and an all around fantastic invention. Imagine if you miss a full lunch and all you have in your bag is a banana. Sure, that will help give you a slight energy boost, but on the whole, is not enough. You cannot bring a plastic knife to do a steak knife’s job. The same goes with getting in your daily fruits and vegetables. Luckily there are all sorts of greens, berries and vitamin supplements out there now designed specifically for jiu-jitsu athletes. The rainbow stack by Q5 combat is a perfect example. A scoop of each added into a shaker with a scoop of protein powder and boom, miss any meal of the day and you will be fine if you have that tucked into your bag. The market is vast when it comes to “protein powders,” but select the ones designed with you in mind.



Best for Post-training.
Grab a scoop of protein, maybe Whey protein powder, creatine and BCAAs mixed with 8oz of water for a speedy recovery after crushing it on the mats.


MacKenzie Arrington is an award-winning chef based in Buffalo, NY. Off the mats, he is the team chef for a professional sports team, runs a healthy meal prep company and is a culinary knifemaker. On the mats, he is a purple belt out of Lake Effect Martial Arts - Checkmat Buffalo. Connect with MacKenzie on Instagram.
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