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Energy food; back to commuting guy's post. What's yours?(7 posts)

Energy food; back to commuting guy's post. What's yours?tempeteKerouak
Apr 8, 2002 8:34 AM
This is a return to the question asked by someone who wanted simple food before heading to work (California early morning commuter going over a mountain pass...)
Of course, nothing equals a good balanced breakfast (Mmmm cheeze burger!)

But this weekend I experimented with a decent source of fructose and carbohydrates that was:
*cheap
*easy to use (chew!)
*clean and simple to carry

I'm talking about "Fruit-by-the-foot" or "Fruit-a-long" of whatever it is called in your shop! Fruit paste offered as a snack/kids candy. Here it is sold as a roll of individually strip of different flavors. One roll is 80 calories. It has some fat from cottonseed oil and natural flavor. The rest is a paste of fructose/fruit carbs and maltodextrin (about 15 grams).

Over 6 times cheaper than a Power bar,
Less sticky than figs and dry apricots,
Packaging is easy to open and you may eat only part of the thing and still keep for later.
Easy to share!

There's some better stuff, I know, but this is really pretty good as I found it easy to ingest and digest. I offered some to the two other mates I rode with. They did not turn it down, and fell the energy within a very short time. (It was about 2 degrees above zero and we rode 65k with HARD chasing and short climbs interval; we where wasted) But this is a good quick fix.
Honey packets from chicken joint! -nmfloatch
Apr 8, 2002 8:43 AM
Fig NewtonsSoftrider
Apr 8, 2002 9:04 AM
Before my morning commute, I usually have about 6 fig newtons and a glass of OJ.

Sometimes a PB&J sandwich.
Cheap?Elefantino
Apr 8, 2002 4:25 PM
• Rice Krispy bars (33 cents each when bought in bulk at BJ's)
• Mrs. Butterworth's (mmmmm)
• Bananas
• Gatorade mix

The only time I use GU or PowerGel or ClifSnot or any of the bars or other stuff is when I get it for free.

FWIW,
M
Rice Krisp; ok, lots simple sugar, but added to my list (nm)tempeteKerouak
Apr 9, 2002 7:08 AM
A box of Freihofer's chocolate eclairs and a quart of coffee.tma
Apr 9, 2002 8:10 AM
Actually, not a quart, but I've done this more than once before a 3 hour run training for marathons. All you need is water after that, any energy drink is as gilding the lily.
Chocolate covered expresso beansMe Dot Org
Apr 9, 2002 2:19 PM
Guaranteed to get you over the last hill.