Whether you’re a travel photographer who is always on the move or a studio-based photographer hunched over your tripod all day, shooting is a workout, which is why we’ve come up with a list of our favorite foods to bring with us whenever we’re out shooting. If you find yourself wearier than usual mid-way through your shoot, consider bringing along any of these options for a quick energy boost.
Carman’s Muesli Bars
These amazing energy bars offer everything from gluten-free to protein to Low G.I options, making it suitable for a wide range of dietary needs. All their products contain wholesome muesli, nuts, seeds and fruit that raise your energy levels healthily. Perfect for the photographer who is always on move.
On a day you’re not busy shooting, batch-prepare a week’s worth of egg frittatas. Because it is your own recipe, customize it however you choose, filling it with anything from spinach, to mushrooms to bacon (or all). Eggs are naturally packed with protein, which is slowly broken down by your body and released as energy throughout the day. These are great if you have a shoot that lasts the entire day.
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Don’t turn your nose up at seemingly plain chocolate milk. Did you know that many athletes turn to it as a post-recovery workout? Full of carbohydrates, protein, electrolytes and sugar, it is the ultimate quick fix when your energy levels start to drop. Whenever possible, opt for organic to ensure you’re really feeding your body the best.
A pack of almonds
It is not a superfood for nothing. Almonds contain high amounts of protein, fiber and magnesium, a mineral that is said to help product energy. Stash a Ziploc baggie of almonds (and other dried fruit, if you wish) in your camera bag and never want for energy! Do note that these nuts are high in calories, if you are watching your diet.
It’s not the most portable of snacks as it requires refrigeration, but Greek yoghurt is an absolute powerhouse when you’re talking about boosting energy levels. It contains a significant amount of protein (nearly double that of regular yoghurt) that helps maintain the sense of fullness, and just the right amount of carbohydrates to keep your body running. Do look at nutrition labels, as some brands can contain more fat and/or sugar than others, depending on the flavour. When in doubt, always opt for plain.