A round of golf can certainly cause you to work up an appetite. We have a few suggestions for what you should be eating
Many courses now have excellent food offerings. Take the Thai cheesesteak at Cascata Golf in Las Vegas, which they’ll deliver straight to your cart. Spyglass Hill in Pebble Beach does an unforgettable breakfast sandwich, and the lobster BLT at Belgrade Lakes tastes like a hole-in-one for your mouth.
Though traditional hot dogs are the old standby for most golfers, there are endless options when it comes to golf course grub. Whether you’re aiming to improve your level of play through nutrition, or simply to enjoy a delicious snack while you’re on the links, here’s what we recommend.
Brittany Lincicome told Golf Digest that she always has a few snacks in her bag — among them is typically a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Peanut butter and whole grain bread provide protein, vitamins, and iron, while jelly can help give you a sugary jumpstart if you’re feeling sluggish. Fishers Island Club in New York takes this classic to the next level. It’s peanut butter, jelly and bacon sandwich is unlikely to help improve your score, but the salty-sweet combo tastes so good that you won’t mind.
We all know that kale is a super food – rich in vitamins and antioxidants – but the leafy greens have a bitter taste when they’re raw. This recipe will turn them into delectable snacks that serve as a great replacement for one of my favorite guilty golf course pleasures, potato chips.
Preheat your oven to 275 degrees. Wash and dry the kale, before removing its ribs. Cut the leaves into 2-inch pieces and place them on a cookie sheet. Toss with olive oil (enough to coat), sea salt and the juice from a quarter of a lemon. Bake for 10 minutes before flipping the leaves. Bake for another 10 minutes or until crispy.
The jury still seems to be out on whether beef jerky is good for you. While some brands contain high levels of sodium and preservatives, natural jerky is an excellent source of protein. It should probably be avoided if you’re watching your cholesterol, thanks to its high level of fat. Fat is not always a bad thing, however. It burns off more slowly than carbohydrates, meaning it will keep you energized for a whole round. The New Primal does a few delicious flavors, as does Brooklyn Biltong. Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club in North Carolina is famous for its homemade beef jerky. It’s a must-have if you visit the course.
Michelle Wie wrote a blog post about her on-course eating habits that offered some valuable tips for anyone looking to up their level of play by eating healthy. Instead of having something substantial, Wie prefers to snack at the 2nd, 7th, 11th and 16th holes in an effort to keep her blood sugar level stable. Wie likes nutrition bars – her favorite is Birdie Balls – but she cautions that not all bars are as healthy as they’re made out to be. She recommends choosing nutrition bars with a protein to sugar ratio of about one-to-one. They’ll fill you up and provide energy without causing a big blood sugar spike.
Though the fried egg BLT from Jefferson Park Golf Course in Seattle may be one of the most delicious egg dishes there is, you may want to wait until after your round to chow down on the heavy sandwich. In the meantime, hard-boiled eggs are a healthy alternative. They’re obviously not the best snack to bring to a late-July round in South Florida, but they’re perfect if your golfing in a more forgiving climate. Hard-boiled eggs are low in calories and rich in protein.
You can’t go wrong with some good, old-fashioned trail mix. Bill Haas told told Golf Digest that his favorite on-course snacks are dried berries and nuts. Try adding those to a custom mix along with peanuts, sunflower seeds, dried bananas, or whatever else your heart desires. Trail mix is easy to make, and even easier to eat which is important while you’re on the go. You can crunch on it all round long, which will help keep your energy and blood sugar levels steady.