Make your own energy gel! Some runners experience their stomachs turn upside down upon consuming conventional packaged gels and some runners just like to know exactly what they are eating / choose the most natural option. This recipe is simple, delicious and contains chia, a source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids as well as a bit of protein (which helps the body absorb the energy-giving carbs found in the citrus juices, honey and maple syrup)!
Makes 3 servings
- 1 orange
- 1 lemon
- 1 lime
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- dash sea salt
- Squeeze the juice out of the orange, lemon and lime. I just cut each citrus fruit in half and use a lemon juicer. This will equal about ¾ cup of liquid.
- Whisk in the chia, honey, maple syrup and salt.
- Let sit in fridge overnight (or at least 30 minutes).
- Whisk again and pour into your gel flask and bring with you during your long run – consuming about ¼ cup every 45 minutes or so.
Each serving contains about 24g carbs (as per typical energy gels do).
Eat clean, run strong, be well… Cheers,
Sarah J Cuff, RHN