As a cyclist, I eat my fair share of portable, hopefully non-meltable food.
In my post on fueling the gluten free endurance athlete, I outlined some options that I have tried myself. I have a new gel that I’ve used since, and also a DIY energy gel recipe that you can use to refill a flask and save yourself some $$.
I had wanted to try the Reload gels as they are made from “real food” ingredients. The main ingredient is fig paste. Yup, the stuff that is the inside of a Fig Newton. The gels come in 3 different fruit flavors (which honestly all tasted very similar to me, but I am not focusing on any flavor complexities when I’m shoving gel in my mouth with one hand on the handlebars and trying to breathe.) Each gel is about 100 calories and provides 25 grams of carbohydrate. I found the packaging fairly easy to open with my teeth. The gel itself is a bit thicker than I would prefer, I felt like I almost had to chew it. When I reach for an energy gel, I do not necessarily want to chew. It still went down fairly easily, with a swig of water to wash it all down. Overall, a great option and one I will continue to use.
Ignite Naturals also has a few other products that I am looking into, one I am particularly interested in in their Adrenal ReBoot. As an endurance athlete training 8-15 hours a week, and with a history of autoimmune disease and hormonal imbalance, I am especially concerned with adrenal support. Ignite Naturals is a company I will be doing additional work with in the future, as I am especially impressed with their dedication to natural ingredients and their company philosophy.
Next, my DIY energy gel concoction and recipe.
I do love the convenience of pre-packaged gels. But they can get a little spendy, and I was feeling guilty about the waste produced from those little single serving packages. I found myself a BPA free refillable Hydrapak Softflask and set out with my Blendtec to figure something out.
My first creation seemed good, but as it sat overnight it got too thick. A few experiments and iterations later, and this is what I am using. It fits into the 5 oz gel flask.
- 4 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 tablespoon chia
- 1/2 tablespoon raw cacao powder (optional, adds some nutrients and minerals as well as flavor)
- 3/4 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp Morton’s Lite Salt (a nice blend of sodium and potassium)
- 3 oz filtered water
Stick all the ingredients in your blender and whir it good, to emulsify and blend the coconut oil and chia seeds.
This recipe makes 3 servings, and each serving has:
- 121 calories
- 3.5 grams of fat
- 24 grams carbohydrate
- .5 grams protein
- 98 mg sodium
- 144 mg potassium
And a handful of other good minerals and vitamins.
I’d love to hear what you think if you give this a try, or any other variations you come up with!
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