I do love the convenience of pre-packaged gels. But they can get a little spendy, and I was feeling guilty about the waste produced from those little single serving packages. I found myself a BPA free refillable Hydrapak Softflask and set out with my Blendtec to figure something out.
My first creation seemed good, but as it sat overnight it got too thick. A few experiments and iterations later, and this is what I am using. It fits into the 5 oz gel flask.
- 4 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 tablespoon chia
- 1/2 tablespoon raw cacao powder (optional, adds some nutrients and minerals as well as flavor)
- 3/4 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp Morton’s Lite Salt (a nice blend of sodium and potassium)
- 3 oz filtered water
- Stick all the ingredients in your blender and whir it good, to emulsify and blend the coconut oil and chia seeds.
This recipe makes 3 servings, and each serving has:
- 121 calories
- 3.5 grams of fat
- 24 grams carbohydrate
- .5 grams protein
- 98 mg sodium
- 144 mg potassium
And a handful of other good minerals and vitamins.
I’d love to hear what you think if you give this a try, or any other variations you come up with!
If you need some more info for generally eating a healthier gluten free menu, not just for sports nutrition, check out Gluten Free and Fit 101 for lots of articles to get you started.