By: Megan Arszman
Last month, we gave you a kick-start to your new healthy horse show living lifestyle with easy breakfast bites. You learned that it’s important to start each day with something nutritious, even if you’re running late to the barn. Now, it’s time to focus on the lunch break, and we’re not just talking about using that hour to tack up and ride your horse. It’s also important to take a hint from the show schedule and actually break to eat lunch. This could come in the form of a sandwich you can grab and eat in the saddle or something from the slow cooker at the stalls.
Skipping Meals Doesn’t Make You Skinny
You might think that eating breakfast and skipping lunch will hold you over until the horse show is done for the day and you can pig out on dinner, but that’s not the best practice. “If you skip meals, it’s more likely that you’ll overeat at some point later on,” explains Lindsay Livingston, a Registered Dietitian from Columbus, Ohio, and blogger at The Lean Green Bean. “If you let yourself get too hungry, you will likely eat too quickly when you do eat, which often leads to overeating because it takes 20 minutes for your stomach to communicate to your brain that you’re full.”
Again, you want to look for lunches packed with protein and carbohydrates to give you a boost through the mid-day slump.
Livingston provides some easy lunches you can make at home or take on the road with you for the horse shows:
Again, there are plenty of different ways to make sure you’re eating right from the beginning to the end of the show circuit. Taking the time to preplan your meals and do some prep before you hit the road will save you time, not to mention money and calories at the concession stand. Also, some of our favorite show vendors are incorporating healthy items into their menus including The Sweet Shop’s chicken and strawberry balsamic vinaigrette salad and wraps and the new crepe station at the Ohio Expo Fairgrounds that sources locally grown ingredients from area farms.
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