By Mary McCashin
Reatas & Recipes

Horse shows are not always associated with healthy foods. More often than not it’s hot dogs, greasy burgers, candy, and Lays potato chips. Not to mention the added expense if you have a barn full of riding students!

Here are some horse show snacks that you can pack and take with you! First things first, invest in a cooler. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, you can buy a small one for $15-$20 at any big box store. They will lifesavers!

  1. Ants On a Log

Who could forget these?! If you had a childhood like mine, they were staple snacks in my lunch box. Cut up celery, topped with a nut butter of your choice (peanut, cashew, sunflower, etc), and topped with raisins, dried cranberries, or dried blueberries. Throw them in a Tupperware and you’re good to go!

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  1. Trader Joe’s Oven Baked Cheese Bites

These are AMAZING. They put Cheez-its to shame. They are 100% cheese, gluten-free, and high in protein. They’re a great option.

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  1. CHOMPS Beef Sticks

Made from 100% grass fed beef, these are a healthier (and tastier) version of a Slim Jim or beef jerky. They’re about $1.50 a piece, clean ingredients, and they’re actually GOOD. Throw some in the cooler or in your bag – they travel really well!

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  1. Hummus or Guacamole Dippers

How’s this for an unconventional use of a travel coffee mug? Put a few dollops of your favorite hummus or guacamole in the bottom of the container, stick a handful of vegetable sticks (carrots, celery, and snow peas are a great mix) vertically in the hummus, screw on the top, and you’ve got  an easy, on-the-go, super-healthy snack.

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  1. Popcorn

Normally I’m not a huge advocate for popcorn, but I think it’s a better alternative to potato chips of some kind. I like Skinny Pop as it comes in a variety of flavors and you can buy snack bags of it at places like Costco.

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  1. Fruit

Shocking, I know. The nutritional therapist recommending fruit! Grapes, apple slices, bananas, and clementine oranges are all easy to grab and go, full of nutritional goodness, and all kids love fruit (and usually don’t get enough of it).

  1. Turkey Roll-Ups

Simple, easy to throw in a container and go. The lunch meat and cheese of your choice, wrap them up, and throw them in the cooler! They’re packed with protein and definitely healthier than any hot dog!

These are just a few examples of the many snacks that you can pack for your next horse show! You’ll be happier and feel better eating cleaner versus eating something from a fast food restaurant or concession stand.