Recently, I began searching for recipes for homemade nutrition to eat on the go. I’m not a fan of Gu, something about the texture gags me. I typically eat Honey Stinger Chews. They are portable and kind of melt in your mouth, but the longer workouts have me wanting a variety. Plus, my body is sensitive to too much sugar, as in I crash and burn. I have to pair sugar with protein, otherwise I have a meltdown (similar to that of a toddler). I also don’t particularly like sweets (probably because of the aftereffects), I prefer more of a salty, savory foods. All of the on-the-go nutrition supplements seem to be really sweet and made of only sugars (i.e. – honey, molasses, sugar, syrup). Thus began my search for recipes that are high in carbs, but not necessarily high in sugar.
USAT recently posted a Feed Zone Portable recipe for Bitter Chocolate & Sea Salt Sticky Bites. I made them last week and tried them on our run Saturday. The recipe made approximately two dozen bites, one ounce each. It was easy to follow, and I had most of the ingredients in the house, with the exception of sticky rice.
To be honest, I was a bit disappointed.
First of all, when I made these bites, I tasted them. They were a little sweet with a hint of chocolate. On the run, I didn’t taste any of the sugar or chocolate. They were pretty much flavorless, picture eating a bite of plain rice. And the bites were sticky, like really sticky. I wiped my hands on my pants, but was left with a film of sugar on my hands for the remainder of the run.
Second, the recipe says, “On your next ride, try bitter chocolate and sea salt sticky bites, a delicious portable snack made from real food.” Well, I should have listened to their advice. Even though these were bite-size portions, it is extremely difficult to breathe and chew these rice bites while running. I think these would have been much easier to handle on a bike ride.
Finally, I wrapped the bites individually in plastic wrap. The recipe does not state how to store these, other than in an airtight container. So I put the wrapped bites in a Ziplock bag and stored them in the pantry. I made these on Thursday, and by Sunday they had molded. I considered storing them in the refrigerator, but typically rice doesn’t keep well in there. Next time, I may try freezing any extras that won’t be consumed within a day or two.
Overall, I was happy to try something new. I like the idea of using complex carbs as nutrition for longer rides and runs. I just need to find the right recipe. What’s your nutrition on longer workouts? Do you make your own or just stick to gels and chews?