In my post on fueling the gluten free endurance athlete, I outlined some options that I have tried myself. I have a new gel that I’ve used since, and also a DIY energy gel recipe that you can use to refill a flask and save yourself some $$.
First, Ignite Naturals Reload Energy Gel.
I had wanted to try the Reload gels as they are made from “real food” ingredients. The main ingredient is fig paste. Yup, the stuff that is the inside of a Fig Newton. The gels come in 3 different fruit flavors (which honestly all tasted very similar to me, but I am not focusing on any flavor complexities when I’m shoving gel in my mouth with one hand on the handlebars and trying to breathe.)
Each gel is about 100 calories and provides 25 grams of carbohydrate. I found the packaging fairly easy to open with my teeth. The gel itself is a bit thicker than I would prefer, I felt like I almost had to chew it. When I reach for an energy gel, I do not necessarily want to chew. It still went down fairly easily, with a swig of water to wash it all down. Overall, a great option and one I will continue to use.
Ignite Naturals also has a few other products that I am looking into, one I am particularly interested in in their Adrenal ReBoot. As an endurance athlete training 8-15 hours a week, and with a history of autoimmune disease and hormonal imbalance, I am especially concerned with adrenal support. Ignite Naturals is a company I will be doing additional work with in the future, as I am especially impressed with their dedication to natural ingredients and their company philosophy.
Now it’s my turn…
Here is my recipe for a DIY energy gel.