With so many different varieties and options available, choosing the right sports drink can become a bit of a minefield. I’ve always looked for the most convenient, cost effective and natural solution available, plus one that has the ability to provide sufficient hydration for race conditions without unnecessary calories and/or sugars. Step up Nuun Active Hydration Tablets.
In keeping with my healthy start to 2015 I thought I’d begin the year with a mini review of an organic energy mix I’ve been trialling. The BodyMe Super Energy Mix is a blend of 5 of the planets’ naturally occurring energy superfoods all rolled up (or ground up) in to one convenient pouch. It’s also a very convenient method of introducing some other essential nutrients and vitamins into your diet in a natural and organic form.
I’ve been giving it a go from the perspective of a triathlete over the colder winter months to see if I could boost the energy levels as the nights draw in and the days get colder.
The Primal Kitchen is a new British range of snack/energy bars designed to conform to the Paleo diet that is becoming increasingly popular amongst triathletes and athletes alike.
I had the opportunity to eat my way through the full range in order to provide a quick review of the performance (and taste of course) of these intriguing bars. Before moving on to the range itself I should give a very brief overview of the Paleo philosophy (or diet). In short, the idea is if a caveman couldn’t eat it then neither can you! It sounds simple, but the idea is that processed food is off the menu as are most grains and dairy products. Meat and vegetables are fair game as are dishes containing eggs, nuts and seeds etc. The idea has become particularly popular due to its simplicity and ease use. Many also follow the principle as, by default, it often conforms with a gluten-free lifestyle. A downside (for most of us with a sweet tooth) is that refined sugars, sweets, chocolate and most packaged foods are completely out.
Breakfast has always been a bit of a love hate relationship for me when it comes to balanced nutrition and time-saving. I know (and don’t doubt) it’s the most important meal of the day, but it’s also the one that seems to be the most hurried. Whether it’s rushing out the door for training or work I never seem to find the time to put enough consideration into what goes into my body at the start of the day.
Energy is key to my day and I’ve been trying to put a little more thought into getting the right amount of protein too. I’m by no means a scientist when it comes to these things, but I have been trying to monitor (via the MyFitnessPal App) the daily percentages of carbs, fats and proteins. Whilst I’m not trying to bulk up, it’s always the latter (i.e protein) that is the hardest to consume in the correct amounts.
With all of the above in mind I got hold of the USN Whey & Oats to see if I could begin the day with a head start on protein. 21.6g to be precise.