Rise and shine, it’s workout time! Because my husband is a chronic coffee-no-brekkie guy, I like to throw a couple of these his way when he heads out the door. He’s really working on his nutrition in the morning, because those morning workouts are a different animal. I don’t know what your specific workouts are, so I won’t bore you with the details of meal timing, hydration recommendations, and all that stuff.
You can either have these with your breakfast, or have a few in your gym bag for an energy boost. I’m testing out a few different ideas, so that when race day comes, I’m not trying anything new on P. I’ve heard of triathletes getting tips from others to eat energy bars on the run and start choking. Alright, let’s avoid THAT at all costs. Shudder.
I’ve been adding in dates for A LOT of P’s pre-workout meals, during-workout hydration (blending a couple of dates in his homemade electrolyte drink), and these energy bites, because dates are an awesome food for endurance athletes. They are a carbohydrate, and break down into glucose for glycogen in the muscle and liver (1). Glycogen is your storage form for carbohydrate, and fuels endurance-type activities. Oh, and by the way, your body’s preferred fuel for physical activity is carbohydrate, so don’t load up on proteins and fats before a training session! Your brain also primarily runs on fuel from carbohydrates, so let’s stop with all this high-fat, high-protein, no-carb nonsense. Hugs!
What’s so cool is that triathletes deck out their bikes with all these areas to stow away fluids, snacks, and energy gels. I intend to try out recipes for energy gels in the future, so keep coming back to visit! 🙂
I wanna know! What are some recipes for you to get quick energy when you’re rushing out the door?<
Approximate nutrition facts (per 1 energy bites): 134 calories, 16 grams carbohydrate, 1.8 grams protein, 8 grams fat, 1.8 grams protein, 2.6 grams fiber
(1) Brazier, Brendan. Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Fitness and Life. 2007.