This loaf really hits the spot - whether it’s for fuelling before a session lasting longer than an hour, during a bike ride or run, or as your recovery snack after training with some extra Greek yogurt (see below). Long lasting energy in bounds, natural sweetness from the ripe bananas, protein and fibre from the ground nuts and seeds, and a nice texture that isn’t dry that really works as a snack on the bike or in the bush trail blazing.
Fuelling your body and brain during trail running can help with the following:
· Support blood glucose & energy levels
· Support concentration & mental focus
· Assist with technical aspects of the trail & decision making
· Assist reducing muscle fatigue & loss of balance
*How much fuel your body needs will depend on factors like the distance, intensity or work rate, and what your goals for the session are e.g., enjoyment or training competitively.
A good starting point is about 20g of carbohydrate per hour, with a top end range of over 60g carbohydrate per hour. Generally, the longer the event, the greater the advantages of using foods also containing some protein and fats. Short distances may only need a little fuel in the form of carbohydrate.
There are plenty more real food ideas you can use. One of the key things with using any nutrition product during training is to practice, practice, practice. This helps to improve gut tolerance and allows your digestive system to adapt to the fuel it is being provided with.
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These are the BEST! A quick, simple, no fuss recipe that can be rolled into balls or made into bars. They make great pre-training snacks and you can roll or squash them into whatever size suits you and your training needs! The extra salt makes them perfect for those with higher sweat rates or salty sweaters
We are stoked to be supporting the Xterra Trail Running series in Wellington. We'll be at every race with a different sports nutrition theme helping you figure out what to eat & drink for your Xterra adventures. We've kicked off Race One talking about what to fuel with before a training run, so get reading below to find out more.
PRE – TRAINING SNACK FIX
Snacks can be an important source of fuel and carbohydrate before training as they help to keep energy levels stable and can improve the quality of training. They also help to enhance the body’s response to training, helping you become fitter, faster, and stronger. The size and energy content of your snacks will depend on how much training you do, body size, and your overall nutrition goals.
We are all for wholefoods snacks made at home but when life gets busy with training, work, and other important stuff, sometimes you need to rely on quick snack options. The next time you find yourself in a rush, try some of these options to get you through: