The city is a buzz with advice for the best dates. But they never seem to mention Medjools. With Valentine’s day around the corner everyone is talking about the romantic dates and my mind is still focused on the brown, wrinkly ones.
If you’re a long distance runner you have probably tried to find a portable source of quick energy. I have never tasted the gels or power-shots sold in stores. After reading the ingredients list I was pretty convinced that it wasn’t something I wanted to put in my body.
After a little research I decided the best option would be a natural source of quick glycogen. Dates proved the perfect answer.
If I’m really tired before a run I may eat a large date before heading out. On the rare occasion when I’m worried that my energy might waiver along the trail I bring a date in a ziploc bag.
If you want to step this up a notch and make a real homemade gel that rivals those you find in stores. Try this combination that includes ingredients to balance your electrolytes as well.
Home-made gels (from Thrive Fitness):
2 large Medjool dates
1 tbsp agave nectar
1 tbsp ground salba
1/2 tbsp orange zest
1/2 tsp dulse powder
pinch of sea salt
Blend all of the ingredients together into a gel-like consistency (I suggest a food processor). Put it in a ziploc bag before heading out for your run.
Have you tried any of the commercially-produced gels?
Walk: 1.5 hours
Run: 8 km
Pace: 5:15 min/km
Fun: A lovely catch up chat with Jae