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Test Your Bodybuilding Snack Knowledge

Think you know all there is to know about bodybuilding nutrition? Take our quiz to see if you know where to turn when you're in a pinch.

By Jordana Brown

3) Food Flight

After standing in the security line for an hour for the privilege of pushing all of your personal carry-on items through a long line of bins and showing off your holey socks while walking through the metal detector, there’s never a lot of time to search the airport for a muscle-friendly meal. Sure, you can splash out $5 or more for a sandwich onboard (not that you’ll have all that many healthy options to choose from), but when you’re stuck 30,000 feet above anything containing whey, what snack do you choose to tide you over?

a) Cookies
b) Pretzels
c) Peanuts

Obviously, peanuts are the only freebie that contain protein, and they have a good amount of healthy fats to boot. See if you can wrangle a low-fat milk for a little extra protein when the flight attendants come around with the beverage cart and you’ll be flying high. So the answer is C.

4) Coffee Break

There’s one on every corner, so it’s no surprise that Starbucks is an emergency pit stop for just about anyone with little time, little energy and little choice. In addition to the caffeine and coffee cake, though, Starbucks has a small selection of lunch items. What should you choose?

a) Turkey club sandwich on nine-grain whole-wheat
bread and an Americano with low-fat milk
b) Egg salad sandwich on multigrain bread and a latte
c) Fruit and cheese plate and a Caramel Frappuccino

We love cheese just as much as the next guy (maybe more!), but we’re going to leave the 44 grams of carbs and mere 14 grams of protein in the fruit and cheese plate for ladies dining daintily at a spa. Plus, adding one of Starbucks’ egregiously sugary drinks to any meal will basically tell your abs to scram (a grande Caramel Frappuccino has 53 grams of carbs without whipped cream!).

And if you’re tempted by the egg salad sandwich - eggs contain protein! - focus on the fact that it’s packed with 21 grams of fat (mostly from the mayo) and 53 grams of carbs (mostly from the pseudo-healthy multigrain bread). Opt instead for the turkey club (remove the bacon for better fat totals), which boasts 26 grams of protein and, though it has 33 grams of carbs, they come primarily from the whole-wheat bread, which won’t spike insulin levels and cause your abs to go into hiding. So the answer is A.

 

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