Hey there, I’m Anne-Marie Gourgues, a PEPPERMINT ambassador!
I am a holistic nutrition and health coach. I truly believe that human beings not only eat what is on their plates, but also feed on everything that surrounds them. Holistic nutrition is a global approach to nutrition where the person and its environment are considered as a whole, which can include the person’s physical, emotional, spiritual and mental state as well as the social, environmental, behavioural and financial context.
Today, I wish to share with you what I think is most important regarding our diets: to eat as little processed food as possible and to have fun cooking! So, without further delay, here are some natural alternatives to the classic cycling snacks to eat during your ride!
The Energy Balls
Instead of the grocery store’s granola bar, try these mokaccino and dates energy balls. They are perfect for cycling as they can be eaten in one bite and they are super energizing! A quick snack that will fill you up with a healthy dose of carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats and fibre!
- 1 cup soaked dates
- 1 cup quick oats
- 3 tbsp cocoa
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp of your favourite natural nut butter (peanut, almond, hazelnut, etc.)
- 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- A shot of espresso
- Optional: 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- Soak the dates in hot water for 5 minutes and drain the water from the dates afterwards.
- Mix all the ingredients in a food processor until you get a nice sticky texture, that is still a little chunky and slightly damp.
- Roll into little balls.
- Refrigerate for at least an hour, and enjoy!
The Homemade Gatorade
A rehydrating drink such as Gatorade is useful during long bike rides, because it is specially formulated to provide energy in the form of carbohydrates and replace minerals lost through sweat. Did you know that it is super easy to make your own homemade sports drink with simple ingredients? Here is my recipe!
- 2 cups water
- ½ cup fresh orange juice or the juice of your choice
- The juice of two limes
- 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- Stir all the ingredients together and make sure the salt dissolves. And you are ready to go!
100% Natural Gummies
Last but not least, here is an easy recipe so you can make your own gummies! Naturally sweet, they are the perfect energy booster during a ride.
I like to use beet juice. Beet is a local vegetable that is available throughout the year in Quebec since it can last for a very long time. From a nutritional point of view, it is always a good idea to incorporate various coloured vegetables into our diet. Beets are rich in vitamins, antioxidants and nitrates. You can also easily find beet juice at the grocery store. I like the brand Biotta for their organic lacto-fermented beet juice, which can be found in natural grocery stores or at IGA and Metro.
For this recipe, I also use grass-fed bovine gelatin. I advise you to choose your gelatin carefully, to make sure it is of quality. I like the brand Organika. Gelatin is obtained by boiling the skin, cartilage and bones of the animals for a long time. It is therefore rich in proteins, collagen and amino acids. When consumed regularly, it helps in the development and maintenance of bones, cartilage, muscles, etc. You can use your beet juice and gelatin left over after this recipe in your smoothies.
- 1 ¼ cups orange juice
- ¼ cup beet juice or lacto-fermented beet juice
- 4 tbsp grass-fed bovine gelatin
- 3 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- Combine the orange and beet juices in a saucepan and sprinkle the gelatin powder on top. Set aside for 10 minutes.
- Stir the mixture to incorporate the gelatin into the juice.
- Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat for a few minutes. Make sure not to boil the mixture, but only to dissolve the gelatin.
- Place the preparation in a mould and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
- Cut into small squares.
I hope this article will inspire you to make these fun and easy cycling snacks at home with simple and tasty foods!
Anne-Marie Gourgues, PEPPERMINT Ambassador.