With the Virgin London Money Marathon this coming Sunday, we at PH&F have been looking and sampling some mid run or mid workout energy snacks. So not so much a recipe today but more of look at some alternative treats you may not have thought of, to use whilst doing your long run or double spin sessions
Firstly Fuel up….
Drinks such as coconut water, are full of the ‘Big 5′ electrolytes, calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorous. It’s also more easily digested than most sports drinks.
1 banana contains nearly 30 grams of fast digesting carbohydrates that can be just as effective as a carbohydrate drink in terms of performance, blood sugar and oxidative stress.
Dried fruit is a terrific choice in the middle of a run for the same reason that it’s an iffy choice the rest of the time! They’re very high in calories and barely feel like you’ve eaten anything. Raisins have been found to be as effective during endurance based cardio workouts as sports jelly beans.
Dates are also great and easy to chew and high in potassium.
With more carbs than any other dried fruit on the list, they also help to reduce muscle soreness.
High in re-fined carbs and packing plenty of sodium, pretzels aren’t a bad choice for replenishing your energy and salt stores, particularly since theyre low in fibre and won’t take long to hit the bloodstream.
Easy to carry, high in sugar, relatively low in fibre, and refreshing as hell.
Grapes also are a great source of vitamin C, which may increase the amount of fat burned and reduce exercise related damage to the body’s cells.
Of course, there are many more ways to re-fuel mid-run or mid-workout, such as energy bars, drinks, gels etc, but we thought we’d share these healthy alternatives you may not have tried yet with you.
Let us know what you think of them and perhaps share with us what you currently use?