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

BONUS #1 Coconut Water
Hydration is the name of the game.

Coconut water contains potassium and sodium making it super hydrating as well as low in calories and fat. Sounds pretty legit, right? That’s because it is! for those who need serious hydration, like us. Coconut water helps regulate blood sugar and replenish lost nutrients burned through endurance training, such as rolling. Does that mean you need coconut water to get these nutrients? Not necessarily. There are many fruits and vegetables out there that will be a better source of potassium on a regular basis, so having a well rounded diet is more optimum. However, coconut water can certainly help replenish important nutrients that your body needs the day of a competition better than say a banana, making it an excellent alternative to water. It is not, however, the cure all that some people or might make it out to be.

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Best for Pre- or Post-training.
Skip the sports drink, have something your body will actually enjoy.

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#5 Avocado
Split it, seed it, eat it.

Avocados have the best PR agent around. Combine that with the fact that they are actually amazing for you and there you have it, a star is born. Almost every diet or health food nut out there will vouch for avocados. They are packed full of vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acid, good fats and have the highest amount of protein found in any fruit. Avocados are filling, delicious and nutritious, making them a great all-in-one food. The trick with avocados is selecting the right one. Give it a squeeze, but don’t go gi grip strength, or else you might be purchasing a smashed avocado and being escorted out of the grocery store prematurely. You want your avocado to be a little soft, but not mushy. I opt for firmer rather than softer because they will ripen over time, and get softer, rather than the opposite.

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Best for Pre- or Post-training.
All you need to do is carry around a spoon for this perfect “lunch on the go.”

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Bonus #2
Ibuprofen. We all are not 18 years old anymore and the bumps and bruises of regular training linger some days. Having a bottle in the bag might help later in the week. Make sure you always have food in your system before consuming.

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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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