Going the distance

Life is like a long distance run. Most of the time you're looking forward, but occasionally you look back at what you've covered… You know there will be obstacles throughout the journey - but deep down, you know you can handle anything that comes your way. Most importantly... you keep putting one foot in front of the other and let 'NOTHING' stand in your way!!!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Home made energy


Due to high cost and the wasted packages, I have decide to experiment makeing my own gels. How hard can it be 100 calories, 45 mg of sodium and 35 mg of potassium.

To find the breakdowns of most of my ingredients this sight has the best data available.
http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/Data/


While doing research I have found some good recipes from others.


http://www.active.com/mountainbiking/articles/make_your_own_homemade_energy_gel

http://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-energy-gel/

http://bouldercyclingclub.org/2011/04/cycling-nutrition-organic-homemade-energy-gel/

http://www.runningjackalope.com/2011/06/homebrew.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAGYXN-PIFM

Most of these are based on honey, molasses, and brown rice syrup.

My first recipe will be PB based. This will also add protein that most commercial gel don't have.



Basic are:

3" banana
1 Tbs natural PB
1/2 tsp honey

Mash all together and insert in gel flask. Because of the banana i recommend you make only a day ahead and refrigerate.

This home brew will give you 130 calories, 16 carbs, 1 protein, 7 sugars, 40 mg sodium. And its all natural

I also found the disposable apple sauce packs make a good flask. I can hold 2 servings in one container. They was easy and fit well in my water bottle pocket.


I tested this brew on a 20 mile run and it was ample fuel to get me through. In the past I have used upto 4 100 cal gels for this same run.

Time to experiment with some chocolate and mint.

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