__By Ron Kaspriske
I often hear people complain that it's too expensive to eat healthy. I agree that a trip to Whole Foods can feel like you're financing a car, but there are plenty of things in grocery stores that are very inexpensive and bursting with nutrition. With that in mind, here are five (cheap) great food choices for golfers:
- Beans. Kidneys, cannellinis, chickpeas, you name it. Any member of the legume family is going to provide you with a great source of protein and fiber, which are crucial for strength and energy when you play.
2.__ Peanuts__. Not only do they pack a decent dose of protein and healthy (monounsaturated) fat like oleic acid, their antioxidant content is similar to fruits such as red grapes. Just watch the sodium content. They make a great on-course snack, too.
Sweet potatoes. They are loaded with beta-carotene (which is converted to Vitamin A), and also contain antioxidants. They have anti-inflammatory properties and do a great job of regulating your blood-sugar level. That's important when you play because they help prevent energy spikes and crashes.
Collard greens. One of the most underrated (cheap) food sources in terms of benefits, these greens are wonderful at lowering cholesterol and are loaded with Vitamin K, which helps blood clotting as well as good bone health. That's a real benefit for golfers who are suffering from or are at risk of developing arthritis.
- Sardines. Once a staple of American working-class diets, this fish is one of the best protein sources you can find since it's low in calories but high in protein content. It also contains an impressive amount of omega-3 fatty acid (heart health) and Vitamin B12 (energy production). And unlike tuna, sardines aren't a high-risk fish for mercury poisoning. Look for cans where the fish is packed in olive oil.
Ron Kaspriske is the fitness editor of Golf Digest.
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