all about fueling

so as i’ve been on my journey i’ve made a lot of different fueling types. i’ve made a chia and date gel that i had difficulty getting into and out of a flask, i’ve made rice cakes, i’ve made pizza and cinnamon rolls, i’ve made date bars, i’ve made oatmeal peanut butter balls, i’ve made various blends of fruits and veggies and protein sources and put them into pouches. each type of fuel i made i thought of the different ingredients and how that might help my body in certain parts of racing. i also try to think of ways that might put quality nutrients into my body rather than just junk.

so i documented the two types of homemade fuel i used on the bike portion of timberman. i made sweet potato quinoa pouches and a cherry flaxseed puck from the book Powerhungry (which is a fabulous book of homemade protein bars).

Here’s the sweet potato and quinoa pouches:

I start by cutting up and boiling sweet potatoes. I used maybe 4 smallish sweet potatoes here.
I start by cutting up and boiling sweet potatoes. I used maybe 4 smallish sweet potatoes here.
I used my rice cooker to cook quinoa. I made a cup of uncooked quinoa.
I used my rice cooker to cook quinoa. I made a cup of uncooked quinoa.
Once the potatoes are very fork tender, I put them into my vitamix.
Once the potatoes are very fork tender, I put them into my vitamix.
I add about half a cup of applesauce, checking for consistency. I wanted my pouches to be very smooth. I also added the quinoa into the vitamix.
I add about half a cup of applesauce, checking for consistency. I wanted my pouches to be very smooth. I also added the quinoa into the vitamix.
This is the finished mixture.
This is the finished mixture.
Then I put the mixture into these pouches. They are baby food pouches, but they work PERFECTLY for this use. It is a messy operation to fill them, I am going to do some more research to figure out if there's a neater way to do it.
Then I put the mixture into these pouches. They are baby food pouches, but they work PERFECTLY for this use. It is a messy operation to fill them, I am going to do some more research to figure out if there’s a neater way to do it.

Here’s the cherry flaxseed pucks:

Crispy-Chewy-Cherry-Flax Pucks 1/3 ground flaxseed 1/2 cup almond butter 1/4 cup maple syrup 1/2 almond milk 1/3 cup Vanilla Vegan Protein Powder (I used Garden of Life Protein) 2/3 Cup Dried Cherries
Crispy-Chewy-Cherry-Flax Pucks
1/3 ground flaxseed
1/2 cup almond butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 almond milk
1/3 cup Vanilla Vegan Protein Powder (I used Garden of Life Protein)
2/3 Cup Dried Cherries
I use this awesome bar pan by dad sent me. It's silicon so the bars come out super easy without needing to be oiled. It makes 9 rather than the 12 the recipe calls for so they're a bit larger than what the original recipe intended. Which is fine by me.
I use this awesome bar pan by dad sent me. It’s silicon so the bars come out super easy without needing to be oiled. It makes 9 rather than the 12 the recipe calls for so they’re a bit larger than what the original recipe intended. Which is fine by me.
Then I package them into the snack bag sized ziplock bags. I'm still trying to figure out a greener way to package these but this worked great for timberman.
Then I package them into the snack bag sized ziplock bags. I’m still trying to figure out a greener way to package these but this worked great for timberman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The combination of sugars and protein kept me fueled for the run. I supplemented with some dates midway through the bike and a few pretzels for the extra salt.

My hope is to continue to share more fueling ideas and experiments as time progresses.

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