|Power to go: Portable Sunbutter in 1.1 oz On the Go Snack Packs and 1.5 oz cups.|
The best workout you'll ever do is the one that's properly fueled. If you're like me, however, you might not be able to handle something heavy right before your morning walk, run or bicycle ride. A protein shake is about all I can down when the sun rises. I'm a bit more focused on hydration over eating a lot before I exercise.
Once you are out there, it's important to have something a bit more substantial to help you back! Bonking on a hill or at the gym in the middle of a set or spinning class is a waste. You're not going to see those substantial muscle and power gains if you have to quit in the middle of the activity.
|Save the hearty breakfast for when you get back.|
Hot Tip: If I'm riding with cyclists with peanut allergies, I'm ready to share as Sunbutter is peanut & tree nut free.
Walking / Running
|GU Peanut Butter Energy Gels in my Dart TLS|
Protein & Omega 3 Fatty Acids
In addition to taking along the ubiquitous packet of tuna, you can now carry along sardines too! I found these right in the canned fish isle at the supermarket. Sardines are rich in protein, calcium and omega 3 fatty acids. All of these nutrients help with muscle strength, inflammation and recovery. So don't worry about the fishy smell on the road. The packet is as easy to dispose of as your energy gel pack and work well for times when you don't want something very sweet. Just remember to bring along some crackers!
Healthy(er) Knockoffs of Old Favorites
|Unreal Peanut Butter Cups & Manuka Newtons|
Unreal Peanut Butter Cups
|DIY Peanut Butter Cup|
I would rather save the mess, (they melted during the photo shoot) and simply spread some Nutella and Sunbutter on a graham cracker and be done with it.
Manuka Newtons by NOW
As the name implies, these are made with New Zealand's Manuka honey (first ingredient) and a Chia seed filling with mixed
fruit concentrates of pear, pineapple, apple and peach.
We tried the strawberry filled Manuka Newtons which were a little dry but really delicious overall. These are soft-baked so I wouldn't go running or cycling with them in my jersey's rear pocket. Manuka Newtons are gluten free have 4 grams of fiber and no trans fats. I really like Fig Newtons but didn't feel let down eating these. I felt better knowing Manuka Newtons are all natural and loaded with nutritious chia seeds.
The main things you want in an energy snack are: portability, quick & sustained energy, natural ingredients, replenishment of calcium, electrolytes (sodium & sugar), easy to digest, reduction of inflammation.