Are you a three meal a day kind of person? Or are you more of a snacker? This is a conversation I had with some of the boys in the aftercare programme last week – like me, many of them identified as “snackers”. “I like to eat a small amount of something often” declared more than one of them. I see this through their day – they are starving at 9.30 recess (school starts at 7.45) and so am I. By 11.30, stomachs are growling for lunch and after school I find the boys ravenous (as am I!). Like them, I know that to keep my energy up through the day, I need to snack often – three big meals a day just doesn’t work for me.
I’ve always been a snacker but since I started running, it’s been even more important to think about how I’m fuelling my body. Though I don’t do particularly long runs (yet!), I’ve found it’s challenging to fuel your body even for a 15km run – on the one hand, you need energy, on the other hand you don’t want to weigh yourself down with food or liquids before a long run. I’d experimented with a couple of “energy gels” last year when I was training a lot but never found anything that worked for me – everything tasted too artificial and many of them didn’t make my stomach feel good (not what you need on a long run!). Enter Endurance Tap, an all natural energy “gel” made with ginger, Canadian maple syrup and sea salt. AND Made in Canada. Bonus? It’s in a pouch that you can reseal (useful if you need a sip but not the whole thing mid-run). I discovered these a couple of years ago and Endurance Tap has accompanied me on the last two legs of the Camino and countless runs since.
Endurance Tap is also delicious in your coffee (!) and on pancakes – since it’s essentially maple syrup with a ginger kick, it pretty much can be substituted wherever you would use maple syrup. Enter: baking. Specifically: baking snacks.
Last summer en route home from France, I discovered Cocoa Delight Nakd bars which were a great plane snack (I get grumpy on the plane if I don’t have snacks!). They are essentially fruits and nuts “smooshed together” and taste a lot like LäraBars (again, a mix of fruits and nuts). I’d had the idea to try to make my own for a while and a couple of weeks ago I was looking at my pre-workout snack which consisted of 1/2 an Endurance Tap, a couple of dates and some cashews and realised that those were pretty much the base ingredients of an energy bite!
These took a bit of experimenting to get right and when you’re making them, there’s a point where you might be thinking “Uh, this mixture is never going to come together”. Just keep on processing and it eventually will. Many of these type of energy bars/ bites don’t use liquid but I find the small amount of maple syrup or Endurance Tap helps you avoid having to soak the dates which can bog the mix down with too much liquid.
I’m excited to be joining Endurance Tap’s team of product Ambassadors in 2020 – #TeamTap! Expect to hear a little bit more about this great product both here and on my social channels this year!
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