I get the question a lot: “What should I eat on the course?”
For the purpose of this article, I am assuming we are also not in weight loss mode. I am thinking strictly in terms of performance. I am also going off convenience. A 3 course meal in your bag sounds like something Rodney Dangerfield would do in Caddyshack. I am looking for things that have a relative balance of nutrients that will offer a steady supply of energy. Of course, hydration is #1. Aim for half your body weight in ounces per day, so sip a bit between each hole.
Orgain Ready to Drink
I like a ready to drink protein shake with a wide variety of nutrients. This brand fits the bill, but there are others. I am no affiliated with any of them, it’s just Orgain is something that I like the taste and ingredients. It’s easy to pack and drink.
Banana/Apple + Nuts or Nut Butter
Bananas and apples are convenient fruit, because they are portioned by mother nature (let’s not argue about genetics here), and are easy to pack. A handful of almonds or walnuts will do. Alternatively, there are single serve packets of nut butters available. I’ve seen almond and peanut butter versions. They are in small packets that you just tear open and can almost sip the butter from it. Usually in the 100-200 cal range. The fruit plus the nuts will be a perfect balanced snack for the 9th hole.
Hummus, or basically garbanzo bean butter, is convenient to pack in small Tupperware of even premade packs. Chopped up carrots, celery, or peppers are convenient to dip. The pita and/or crackers, the size of your hand at most, will offer a good source of carbohydrate so you don’t get tired from hitting out of the sand all afternoon. Since it is more of a refrigerated food, try to put in the cooler, or enjoy early in the round.