What you plan to eat during your Tremblant ski holiday is probably the last thing on your mind. Nevertheless, nutrition is essential while skiing and plays a vital role in how you perform. Because your body can burn between 600 and 3,000 calories skiing it’s important that you eat healthy before, during and after you ski. Eating a wholesome meal before you hit the slopes will help keep your energy level up and boost performance. It is also important to take a snack break, if you plan to ski for several hours. Here are some nutrition tips to help keep you and your family healthy during your Mont Tremblant vacation.

1. Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal when skiing in Tremblant. Fueling your body with fat and protein first thing in the morning will help slow down the amount of energy you burn and ensure you have enough to get through the day. Poached, boiled or scrambled eggs (stay away from fried), cereal, muffins, waffles, oatmeal with honey, granola and fruit, and whole-grain bagels or toast are all a good choice.

2. Pack a snack
Snacking on carbohydrates throughout your ski day will help keep your energy up. Eating a small amount of protein will also help to minimalize any muscle damage. So you don’t miss any valuable ski time waiting in line for food, prepare ahead and bring your own snacks. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy them while riding the ski lift. Here are some suggestions: granola bars, trail mix, dried fruit, nuts, apple slices or even a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. And, make sure to drink lots of water for hydration.

3. Lunch
After several hours of skiing your body needs both a nutritious meal and a break from the physical activity. Grab some lunch and let your body rest while you eat. Stay away from fried, fatty foods like burgers and fries and stick to lean proteins, carbs, veggies and fruit. Here are some healthy choices; soup with a slice of bread, sandwiches with lean meat such as turkey or grilled chicken, salad with nuts, fish and a banana or orange for dessert.

4. Dinner
When skiing it is important that you don’t eat too much, too late and that you avoid alcohol. Any of these will affect the quality of your sleep which than can lead to mistakes on the slopes. Eating a well-balanced dinner will give your body the nutrients it needs to rebuild itself for the net day of skiing. Eating protein and carbohydrates at dinner will help repair your muscles from skiing and keep you energized. Chili with beans and rice, pasta with vegetables, fish or chicken are great choices. Other good options are fruit and veggies which have vitamins and minerals and will help boost your immune system.