The first time I looked at the packaging and name that was on this product I automatically assummed it was tailored for women. Boy was I wrong! It wasn’t until I was out of gels, blocks, and powder, that I noticed I had this sample of Larabar from a previous event. 40 miles into my bike ride I decided to give this a taste and instantly fell in love with these bars. Larabar has a tasty blend of unsweetned fruit, nuts and spices that make this product yummy but also easy to swallow and digest. I highly suggest you trying these out as a part of your fueling.
Nurtition is the key 4th discipline in triathloning. If you fail to nail your nutrition you will suffer greatly in performance as well as your body from being able to bounce back. Hammer Perpetuem has the right combination of complex carbs, protein, and lipds to power you through the next half or full iron distance. The best part of this product is that you can mix it to your needed consistency while still being easily to digest. It does not contain simple sugar that often triggers stomach related issues and the best part is that it contains protein that will leave you less fatigued for your next training ride/run.
Clif Bar & company has just added recently a new line of bars to their goodies! These bars are gluten, soy, dairy, and sugar free. These bars has much easier to swallow, softer, and easier to take in on those long bike rides. The Fruit + Nut mix is very well balanced that make these very delicious. They currently come in four flavors: cashew, berry almond, chocolate almond coconut, and peanut butter.
Low blood suger, hitting the wall, bonking, upset stomach, and all of the above are probably one of the worst feelings an endurance athlete can have. Honey Stinger Orgainic Energy Chew is an easy digestable 1:1 glucose to fructose ratio that is similar to the fruit we eat. The ingrediants that are used in these chews consist of cane sugar, honey, along with tapioca syrup as the carb source. The Honey Stinger chews are very easy to chew and you don’t need water. They don’t stick to your teeth either. Plus they taste great.
Get a boost with Cliff Shot Blocks. Made for endurance sports, Shot Blocks are chewable cubes containing 33 calories. Each serving of three pieces has at least magnesium, 70mg sodium and 20mg potassium to keep muscles functioning properly. Available in a large variety of flavors, including some with caffeine and one option with three times more sodium. No high-fructose corn syrup is added and they come in an easy-to-open package.
Here’s something to pack in your bento box. The Bonk Breaker Bar provides nutrients and energy so that you don’t hit that wall. All natural, gluten free, dairy free, preservative free, it’ll provide ~250 calories per serving. Comes in a variety of flavors: peanut butter and jelly, peanut butter chocolate chip, espresso chip, almond butter and honey, blueberry oat and apple pie.
Here’s something to aid those muscles for after intense efforts. Roctane Energy Drink contains carbohydrates and electrolytes for replenishment that endurance athletes need to compete. Light tasting and easy to mix formula, each serving contains 240 calories plus caffeine, taurine and beta-alanine to help increase performance, decreasing perceived effort and muscle fatigue. Calories and hydration are key to keep you performing well in a race.
Don’t limit yourself to just sport drinks for healthy replenishment. Mamma Chia, an organic chia-based company, has created a nutritional beverage containing the popular superfood chia seeds. These little South American seeds are packed full of nutrients such as 8x more Omega‐3 than salmon, 30% more antioxidants than blueberries, 4x more fiber than flaxseed, as well as 70% more protein than soybeans. Each 10oz bottle contains 120 calories and comes in a variety of flavors to choose from. Sounds like a great pre and post workout drink to us.
Take a break from gels to try Cytomax’s Energy Drops. These easy-to-pop-in chews are sweet and each packet contains 22g of carbohydrates, 65g of sodium and 35g of potassium. Use it before, during and after training for an extra kick when you need one. Available in two great tasting flavor options: Tropical Fruit/Pomegranate Berry (non-caffeinated) as well as Orange/Tangerine (50mg of caffeine per pouch). Each pouch contains ten chews.
This is a very happy post. After burning so many calories, feel guilt free to replenish your muscles with some ice cream. Yep, you read right – ice cream. The guys at Sleddog re-invented this popular dessert for athletes by providing 3:1 carbs to protein ratio for optimal muscle glycogen restoration post exercise recovery. Each pint contains organic ingredients, natural electrolytes and 5 grams of protein per vanilla flavored serving (6 grams of protein for chocolate flavor). The product appears only available in the San Francisco/Bay Area at the moment, but hopefully more folks will be able to dig in as their popularity grows.