DIY energy snacks keep you ahead of the pack
Matthew Kadey, MSc, RD
Want to make sure your gas tank doesn’t hit red when working out? Push harder and avoid hitting the wall with these recipes for DIY portable fuel that will keep you feeling energized on any trail.
Mountain bikers and other fitness enthusiasts have long known that willpower alone isn’t enough to keep them going strong during lengthy workouts. What’s also needed to keep up the pace is a source of supplemental fuel to energize working muscles. You see, if you want to conquer inclines for the long haul, it’s often necessary to offer your muscles some extra calories so they can keep moving forward. Fail to do so and energy reserves can become depleted, and workouts may not reach their full potential. In recent years, the market has exploded with packaged sports nutrition products including bars, gels, and chews that promise to help keep you on the trail longer. But fit foodies have caught on to the fact that exercise fuel can also be created in their own kitchens, often with delicious results. The benefits of making some of your own on-the-go energy foods are many: improved nutrition, new flavours, saving money, and a sense of culinary accomplishment. Stash these portable eats in your jersey pocket or hydration pack and get ready to keep your muscles revved and taste buds happy. Oh, and they’re great for active kids, too.