Prior to becoming Paleo, before I found out that I am highly wheat and soy intolerant (as well as dairy), I used Hammar Nutrition's energy Gel packs - Chocolate flavor because I also have adverse reactions to citric acid. Anyway, the first ingredient is Maltrodextrin, which I know in the US is generally made from corn, but can also be made from wheat - and the package doesn't state "gluten-free." Does anyone have any other ideas for quick energy on the bicycle other than Larabars? Don't get me wrong, I love Larabars and they're fairly Paleo-friendly (the ones without peanuts or cashews), but I'd like another option. Any ideas?
Thanks in advance for your insight.
EDIT: I just found out that Hammer Nutrition's gels are gluten-free. Yay!!!! They always worked so well for me in the past and they will continue to do so. :)
Dates. Dried figs. Bananas.
If you have the time you can make your own 'energy gels' using dates, honey, orange zest, etc. I used to make these ones* (replace agave w honey).
*disclaimer - this recipe is by vegan triathlete Brendan Brazier
Anything 2-3hrs or less I just do it fasted (water with a little salt for hydration/electrolytes) with a small carb re-feed PWO (sized according to exercise intensity/volume)... for really long rides I just use fruit (banana), but I rarely do anything over 3 hrs.
Mark Sisson put together an energy gel recipe that might be worth trying: Paleo Hybrid Gel
If you're looking for carbs, then I'd say fruit (banana, orange slices, dried fruit if you're not trying to lose weight). Otherwise, hard boiled egg or beef jerky could work too. Maybe some raw nuts (in moderation of course).
Hi, I don't cycle much but I have been involved in multiple athletics most of my life. I like the following for energy- bananas, oranges (fruit in general), honey, and DEXTROSE post workout. Dextrose is pure glucose and rapidly absorbed. If taken with amino acids and creatine it is exactly what your muscles love to have in them. But honestly dude, I'll even drink a gatorade if it's all that's around post workout.
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