Recipes found, (thanks Google) ingredients bought, kitchen setup and away we go making my own home made training drink with electrolytes, energy balls, recovery shake and granola bars
Take half the banana or a small one.
Glugs of, spoons of, dash of the rest of the ingredients, play with whatever works for you consistency wise
Put it in a blender / smoothie maker
Energy Drink – Electrolytes
Green & Berry tea
Boil the tea bags, salts. Calcium, honey, and allow to cool
Strain the liquid into a storage jar/bottle
Add the fruit juice
Lucozade, or Gatorade this is not! Looks weird… murky. But surprisingly it tastes ok.
Will test it out tomorrow.
Bars and balls
The energy balls recipe I’ve previously posted, the granola style energy bars are very easy again.
Choc chip (dark)
Ground up rolled oats
Make as much or as little if this as you want / need, it should be sticky in consistency to bind together after heating.
Make the mixture to you liking the fun thing with this is that you can add any dried fruits, nuts, berries you want to and it always tastes good.
Spread it on a greased tray, foil or grease proof paper prevents it sticking.
Bake at 160-180’c for 25mins, or until the edges start to go brown.
Take out, chop up whilst it’s still warm into shapes or bars of your choice.
Try not to east it all at once! 👍
Electrolytes drink needs less salt! Orange rather pineapple juice may improve that balance of sweet and salty
Definitely less salt… so thirsty now! And stuck with the taste of salt in my mouth. In fact the “swamp water” as my son described it probably wants a total rethink. Maybe more diluted juice with a touch of salt…. will have to try again.
After a long ride, during and before for that matter nutrition (fuel) is as we all know important, the body can do so much for so long on what’s available but for endurance, multi hour exercise then you’ve got to feed the beast.
Off the shelf
So I’ve been back training hard for 2 months now and for the long runs and rides I take water, and energy gels, they are easy to carry and swallow and give me a good boost for 20+mins about 10mins after taking one.
But I’ve read the ingredients list and don’t know what half of it is! So the 80% vegan in me says don’t be eating that! Get something natural. Which is where the recipe for the energy balls came from: see post
Now I know theirs needs to last on shelves for ages so preservatives are a must there, but mine don’t, mine need to last in the fridge for maybe 5-7days.
I know how the branded stuff works for me when I take it, regularly taking protein following gym sessions. But I found the energy balls just as good (if not better) on a long run and ride.
Can I swap out the industry stuff for natural stuff and does that affect me? Is it better or worse? Cost more or less?
1. Get some recipes
2. Go shopping
3. Get prepared (making and baking)
4. Give it a try
5. Blog the results
Will keep posting on the progress. Oh and a 80% vegan what I call myself as I eat eggs daily and fish once a week. It’s just my diet.
Yup… those look like pig 🐷 sausages but the are in fact Quorn ones and they’re bloody delicious, mixed with mushrooms, onion, pepper, garlic, jalapeños, tomatoes, 3 eggs and a sprinkle of grated Vegan cheese.
Could have eaten it twice!
Fills me up until lunch time and mostly healthy… mostly.