Energy gel is a great way for athletes to get a kick of energy during a long training session or race. The problem is that it’s normally pure sugar with no real nutrients. It’s also pricey, usually a couple bucks per shot.
You can make your own super healthy, super charged, super kick-ass energy gel. All you need are chia seeds and coconut water.
Chia seeds are full of good omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium and good carbs, while coconut water is loaded with electrolytes, natural sugars (for energy) and other good-for-you nutrients. Coupled together they make one serious superfood gel.
Use this healthy energy gel anytime you exercise for more than 60-70 minutes. Take 1-3 tablespoons about 40-45 minutes into a long training session for extra sustained energy.
It will keep in the refrigerator up to 24 hours. You can also put a few tablespoons in a (BPA-free!) plastic zip bag and take it with you – it’ll keep for a few hours. Soaking overnight is perfect for a morning training session. Start with 2 tablespoons chia to 1/4 cup pure coconut water and adjust your portions as needed.
You can find chia seeds and coconut water at most natural grocers. Any brand is great, just make sure that the ingredients are pure (no added sugars or fillers).