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Hitting the Slopes – Packing Food for a day at the Mountain

December 15, 2011 Le Cordon Bleu Minneapolis/St. Paul 0 Comments

Hitting the Slopes – Packing Food for a day at the Mountain

Break out the mittens and strap the skis to the roof of the car. Winter and all its magical holiday appeal is here in full force, but in a season packed with tasty, yet not always the healthiest, treats, it’s important to fuel your family for winter fun. There are several easy snacks and meal ideas to take with you this year when you hit the slopes. Often the food offered for sale in the ski lodge smells tempting, but can be quite costly, not to mention more than a little unhealthy.

Here are a few tips for keeping the family well feed and well fueled on a winter ski trip, all you need is a picnic basket or cooler and you are ready to go! Create your own Minnesota culinary experience – slope side!

Before you head out into the cold – Breakfast!

Protein is the name of the game when it comes to keeping the family energized throughout the day and as we have heard our whole lives, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Before heading to the slopes, why not involve the kids in a little pre-ski cooking training session? Scrambled eggs or wheat toast with nut butter, like peanut or almond, is great to get the day going. Have the kids set the table and top the meal off with a glass of vitamin-rich orange juice. Be sure to choose one that is 100% juice, not loaded with sugars and additives.

Mid-day Munchies

When the initial adrenaline of the first few runs of the day begins to wear off and blood sugar levels start to dip, keep the family away from candy and chips and steer them towards a healthier alternative. Pack pocket-sized sandwich bags with an assortment of nuts or try making your own power-packed trail mix. Instant Energy on the go! If you aren’t sure what to add, try making this tasty combo -

Ingredients:
Bag of mini pretzels or pretzel bites
2 cups of low-salt roasted peanuts
2 cups of yogurt-covered raisins
1 cup of dried cranberries
2 cups of dry-roasted, lightly-salted edamame
1 cup of shelled sunflower seeds

Lunch Time Munch Time

When preparing to take lunch on-the-go, remember these simple food rules.
1. If you pack something hot in a thermos, it will stay warm for about 3 to 4 hours.
2. If you pack a frozen item it will stay cold for about 2 to 3 hours when left out at room temperature.

Often a cooler is the perfect solution for keeping deli sandwiches chilled until lunch time. Try making a high protein and lean meat sandwich like turkey or chicken or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Midday Pick-Me-Up

Pack dried fruits to get an instant energy boost that is far healthier than the sugar rush and crash of a candy bar. Even small bags of pretzels or peanuts can really help get you fueled up until the lift lines finally stop at the end of the day.

This article is presented by Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Minneapolis/St. Paul offers culinary arts and pâtisserie and baking training programs in the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota area. To learn more about the class offerings, please visit Chefs.edu/Minneapolis-St-Paul for more information.

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