You can make your own high-energy drinks and cookies at about a tenth of the cost of commercial products and without the fructose and preservatives. Here's three delicious recipes.
The word “energy” in eats and drinks boosts prices faster than you can run around the block. There’s more than just marketing to this madness.
A good athletic drink or food is a balance of ingredients that rapidly metabolize into energy. Athletes are willing to pay dearly for this.
Hydration is a major concern. Carbohydrates allow your body to absorb water faster. Gatorade researchers found 6 percent carbs is the optimum amount.
One downside can be high calories. Sugars are needed to boost the energy quotient. So, these are not diet foods. Plus, commercial products are often high in fructose.
You can make your own high-energy drinks and cookies at about a tenth of the cost of commercial products and without the fructose and preservatives. Another advantage: They taste better.
Important note: These are good recipes for folks recovering from health problems, too.
Mix and chill three hours. Load up your water bottle and enjoy.
Notes: Drink just before and during workouts to prevent dehydration. Recipe expands easily and keeps in refrigerator up to a week. Freeze in water bottle for a cold drink on a long run.
Bicycle Energy Balls
Long-distance bicyclists often rely on fruit cookies and bars for a power boost. They’re easy to keep in a pocket and can be eaten without stopping.24 dried figs 1⁄3 cup honey 4 tablespoons orange juice 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 1⁄2 cups unbleached flour 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda 1⁄4 teaspoon baking powder 2 tablespoons applesauce 1⁄2 cup sugar or corn syrup 2 egg whites 1 cup oat bran
Chop figs, honey, orange and lemon juice in a food processor until fine. Mix other ingredients except oat bran. Fold in figs and mix thoroughly.
Roll into 20 to 24 balls and coat with oat bran. Place on a greased baking sheet or parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until puffy –– longer baking times make them crunchier. Place uncovered in a refrigerator overnight to harden.