I bought Chia Seeds a while back as I knew they were a good endurance food and had great nutritional benefits. Chia has more calcium than a glass of milk, more Omega-3s than Salmon, and more antioxidants than blueberries. They are also rich in antioxidants, fibre, magnesium, zinc and iron which are all essential nutrients that most people don’t get enough of.
I used to make a big glass of Chia, Lemon and Honey drink to have before a long run or race. But it was difficult to consume in one go before a race and also difficult to carry during the race.
So I’m now making something more practical and also highly nutritious that can be carried on long rides. Unlike shop bought energy bars, I know this one will have no gunk in it and will be safe for regular consumption.
I’ve decided to use the following ingredients: Chia Seeds, Roasted Peanuts, Beetroot Powder, Cinnamon Powder, Dates, Unrefined Coconut Oil and Vanilla Extract.
Beetroot has been getting some great press recently as it has been proven to increase athletic performance. Beets contain a large amount of inorganic nitrates and these compounds are the precursor to a very important signalling molecule that our body needs to function – Nitric Oxide. We can increase the availability of Nitric Oxide in our body by eating nitrate rich food such as beetroot. Nitric Oxide acts as a vasodilator in functioning skeletal muscle, increasing the size of blood vessels to allow more oxygen flow.
I haven’t measured the ingredients but just used as much or little according to taste.
Here’s the method:
- Melt the coconut oil.
- Pip the dates and blend them in a food processor till you get a paste or mush.
- Crush the peanuts coarsely.
- Mix the coconut oil into the Chia seeds, roasted peanuts, cinnamon powder, vanilla extract and beetroot powder
5. Take small handfuls of the mixture when the coconut oil has started to set and make it into little bite sized balls. Place them in the fridge so that they become nice and solid.
I’ll be carrying these on my next long bike ride. Hopefully I won’t have to make any changes to the mixture, but if I do, I’ll update this page.