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In addition to being a crossfitter, Aaron, is an endurance athlete for a living as a bike messenger. The recipes in this post are good for maintaining hydration and energy during long bouts of exercise. The salt is added to both recipes for proper fluid balance to prevent dehydration. Sugar is important to spare muscle

In addition to being a crossfitter, Aaron, is an endurance athlete for a living as a bike messenger. The recipes in this post are good for maintaining hydration and energy during long bouts of exercise. The salt is added to both recipes for proper fluid balance to prevent dehydration. Sugar is important to spare muscle glycogen stores and keep energy readily available to burn during exercise. Both recipes also include chia seeds, which are just a God send. Chia seeds turn into a gel in liquids so don’t let them sit too long. They are full of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, micronutrients like iron, zinc and magnesium, and protein! If you haven’t already given them a try here are two recipes to add them to a drink and gel! They can also be added to baked goods, cereals, and yogurts!

 

Coco Rizo Cooler

1/2 cup light coconut milk

4 cups rice milk*

2 tablespoons agave syrup

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon coconut extract

2 tablespoons chia seeds

*To make your own rice milk for this recipe blend 1 cup cooked brown rice + 4 cups water

1. Add all ingredients into blender except for chia seeds to blend on high for 1-2 minutes.

2. Add chia seeds and shake.

3. Mixture can be poured into water bottle to drink before, during, or after exercise.

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Homemade Gu

1/2 cup frozen tart cherries

1/2 cup orange juice

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup honey

 

1. Combine cherries and orange juice in blender and mix until smooth in texture.

2. Add chia seeds and salt to mixture.

3. Add honey and stir to combine.

4. Portion out into 4-6  snack bags

5. You can either drink as a concentrated liquid, add water to make a sports drink, or freeze for later use to create a more gel-like texture.

6. Once frozen and partially thawed, you can tear a small hole into corner of bag to squeeze out just like a Gu.

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References:

Gu Recipe borrowed from BeWellPhilly Blog

Coco Rizo Cooler Recipe from Scott Jurek’s book, Eat & Run

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