The lead NFL sideline reporter for FOX Sports and one of AskMen’s Top 99 Most Outstanding Women of 2015 talks eating healthy. “I’m traveling for work every single week, especially during football season,” Andrews says. That makes healthy eating — which is difficult enough when you have enough time to actually cook at home and pack meals for lunch — seemingly impossible. It was something Andrews had to get used to during her first season covering football. “I learned the hard way that I really have to put forth an effort to eat healthy on the road,” says Andrews. “I’m the only girl on the crew. Wining and dining with men, with guys who play or played ball, is the norm for me. They have hearty and healthy appetites, and I love a good meal. So I quickly gained a good 10 to 15 pounds, and my energy levels plummeted.” Thanks for the tips Erin. Check out her tips below.-TO
Staying hydrated is important to staying energized, feeling full, and feeling your best any time, but it’s simply non-negotiable when you’re breathing dry cabin air and traveling back and forth between sea level and Denver, she says. “Plus, in hotels, you don’t know how good the air quality is.” You could be losing hydration with every breath.
When you are eating out every night, it can be easy to want to splurge on an extra app or crazy dessert. Andrews saves such splurges for when she knows what comes out from the kitchen is going to be epic. “I usually order salmon or another fish, but when I’m in the Midwest in a city like Kansas City, that’s when I’ll have a steak,” she says.
“I definitely try to get 100% Florida orange juice in there every morning. I know I’m going to get what I need in a day in that glass,” Andrews says. “It’s also easy to get on the road. I know it’s something I can find in Green Bay, Wisconsin.”
“Airports are hard. That’s the one place where you really have to be disciplined,” Andrews says. “When it’s 6 a.m., I love a good sausage biscuit. But I know I’ll feel horrible after eating it.” So, when she’s at the airport in need of a meal or snack, she hits up the smoothie stand. Bonus: Orange juice goes great in smoothies.
“I know I need protein, but don’t like the typical protein bars that taste like chalk,” says Andrews, who keeps her travel bag stocked with thinkThin bars. The high-protein bars contain 20 grams of protein, along with zero sugar. Meanwhile, she also loves trail mix (omit the chocolate if you’re being really good) and almonds. “They are easy to throw in my bag and take with me,” she says.