Snacks for individual sports

Different dried fruits. © AdobeStock

Are you enjoying training with the summer ahead in mind? Whether you’re a cyclist, runner or hiker, here are a few favourite energy snacks, tested and approved by several clients and friends.

Labriski flatcakes

I love Madame Labriski’s easy, nutritious recipes. Their base is date puree, which gives them a soft texture without your having to add sugar or fat. There are many recipes available on her website and in her books. I suggest freezing part of what you make, then using it up when it’s time to play outdoors.

Organic dried fruits

Personally, I find them much more interesting than regular dried fruits, in terms of both taste and of nutrition. You can find them in bulk in our local zero waste grocery stores, as well as in bags or single portions (e.g., Prana, Sunny Fruit) in the organic section of the supermarkets. My preferences are mangos, apricots and Medjool dates. Easy and light to carry, they’re super practical.

Salty snacks

For those who prefer salty snacks, you can make a mixture at home that will be les fatty than nuts and chips: roasted legumes (chickpeas, lentils, edamame, etc.), pretzels or rice crackers, meat or veggie jerky, etc. They’re much appreciated during longer outings on foot or bike.

Packaged products

For those who appreciate individually wrapped snacks when they’re in a hurry, or to have as a small extra reserve in the pocket, here are a few interesting products:

  • Bars: FruitSource, Larabar, Kronobar (short, simple ingredient list);
  • Jujubes, fruit leathers and gels: Bouchées FruitSource, Clif, Honey Stinger, GoGo squeeZ, Rekarb, Brix (easy to eat during more intense training sessions).

Need some help in managing your diet and reaching new peaks? Don’t hesitation to contact me via the clinic called Mouvement Optimal: 819 425-8889.


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Ariane Lavigne


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Titulaire d'un baccalauréat en nutrition de l'Université de Montréal, Ariane est nutritionniste depuis 2008. Voulant approfondir ses connaissances sur la performance athlétique, elle a obtenu un diplôme de spécialisation en nutrition sportive avec le Comité International Olympique (CIO). Elle est aujourd'hui nutritionniste du sport chez Vivaï et à la Clinique Mouvement Optimal de Mont-Tremblant. Toujours en quête de dépassement, elle combine sa profession à sa grande passion : le snowboard alpin. Elle connaît la réalité des sports élites, ayant été elle-même une athlète membre de l'Équipe Nationale de Snowboard et Olympienne des Jeux Olympiques de Sotchi en 2014. Ariane has a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from the University of Montreal and has been a nutritionist since 2008. Wanting to expand her knowledge of athletic performance, she obtained a diploma specialized in sports nutrition from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). She serves at Clinique Mouvement Optimal de Mont-Tremblant as well as Vivaï as sports nutritionist. Always in search of personal and professional advancement, she combines her profession with her greatest passion: alpine snowboarding. She understands the realities of elite sports, having been a member of the Canadian National Snowboard Team who participated in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.

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