Many athletes turn to sticky gels when in need of a quick hit of sugary energy. I’ll admit that I used to rely heavily on these products until I discovered how easy it is to make my own concentrated sugar rush using dried fruit.
That’s why I included a few recipes in ROCKET FUEL that require little more than soaking some dried fruit like raisins or apricots and then blending with a few flavorings. The combination of glucose and fructose present in dried fruit increases carbohydrate absorption rates during exercise, while the added water not found in packaged gels encourages better digestion and hydration.
Since the release of the book, I’m still experimenting with different dried fruits to keep my long rides a lot more energized and tasty. This energy shot featuring dried mango has become one of my favorite things to bring along when I’m on the saddle for the long haul. A little reminder of some past tropical rides in locations like Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Often, I add a touch of salt to my energy shots to help replace what is lost in sweat. But I recently discovered a great new electrolyte product produced by EnduroPacks. It’s essentially a spray bottle filled with liquid electrolytes like sodium, magnesium and potassium. No sugar calories, no lab created colors or mystery flavors. I like to squirt it into my water bottles when I’m not interested in adding calories to my liquid but feel like there is a need for a little boost of electrolytes. And it’s also a great product to elevate DIY energy shots like this mango lime version.
Want to try some for yourself?
The generous folks at EnduroPacks are offering a chance to win a electrolyte spray bottle to test out. Just e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “EnduroPacks” in the subject line to enter. This contest ends August 13th!
Mango Lime Energy Shot
1/3 cup chopped dried mango
2/3 cup boiled water
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon lime zest
1/8 teaspoon salt or about 10 pumps of EnduroPacks electrolyte spray
Place mango and boiled water in a blender container and let soak for 30 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and blend until as smooth as possible. Let cool and then transfer to one large gel flask or two smaller ones. This can be made a day or two in advance if kept chilled.
During exercise, divide into two servings or suck back the whole thing if you need a big energy boost.
In Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sports & Adventure, award-winning dietitian Matt Kadey offers up 120 delicious, creative, and convenient real-food recipes to power your everyday exercise and weekend adventures.
Rocket Fuel is available now in bookstores, outdoors stores, and online from these online retailers:
Barnes & Noble
Chapters/Indigo and MEC.ca in Canada
Food photography by Aaron Colussi.