Daily Dose of Coach #408: Carbs on the Go

I'm sitting in a trendy little coffee shop right writing this. After that, I'm going to attempt to uncover my best breakfast option. I like to try to include 1-2 servings of protein and some quality carbs to get me started.

However, that can be difficult on the go. So, this post is to help you navigate those situations.

Most of us don't have trouble finding carbs. But when in a time crunch and all you have is a local convenient store (or in my current case, a cafe' with a giant candy bar), there are a lot of options (mostly bad ones).

I've listed some ranked carb options. Grabbing one of these may help you not hit that mid-morning or afternoon sugar crash. You'll see I have seven good options and, at the bottom, three bad options.

Do your best to stick with 1-7!

-Best Option 1: Fresh Fruits - Banana's, Apples, Grapes, etc.

-Best Option 2: Fruit Salads - Many stores will have small plastic containers of chunks of fruit, like pineapples, grapes, strawberries, and blueberries.

-Best Option 3: Dried Fruit - Get the unsweetened assortment

-Best Option 4: Pretzels- Newmans or Snyders Organic Pretzels if you can find them.

-Best Option 5: Crackers - Whole Grain and or Organic

-Best Option 6: Granola Bar- Go with the oat-based assortment

-Best Option 7: Sports Drinks - Yes, there is a lot of sugar, but these tend to pick you up in a sugar crash pinch and are better than the rest of the options.

-Bad Option 1: Chips - If you have to. There are a lot of different chip options these days. Skip the Doritos and Cheetos. Look for something that at least looks healthier.

-Bad Option 2: Candy Bar - I've been known for saying snickers are just as bad for you as some "nutrition bars." Not sure if that is 100% true, but I guess as a last resort, this works.

-Bad Option 3: Pastries - Oh, how a cream cheese bear claw will improve your day. Once again, if all the fruit, chips, crackers are sold out, either make the pastry choice or just suck it up and don't eat anything. Just act like you're doing that fancy new fasting diet.

-Sugar Candy- At this point, you mine as well grab a 44-ounce soda and wait for your sugar crash.

Let me know of any other simple and quick options you use.