Robin Quivers is training for her first marathon, which will take place in New York city in November. Quivers keeps her fans and interested readers updated on her progress and thoughts at more.com and recently, she brought up the subject of energy gels.
“I’d heard from some followers on Twitter that most gels were vegan and vegetarian-friendly. A friend had given me a brand to try, but how was I going to carry it? I already tote a big bottle of water around, so I couldn’t hold the gel at the same time. I decided to wear a belt with a pouch that I picked up once in the travel section of a drug store. It wasn’t perfect, but it should work.”
Several energy gels or shots exist for the vegetarian and vegan athlete, as well as recipes to make them from scratch. Gels are designed to replace carbohydrates and electrolytes during physical activity.
Cliff Shots are mostly organic, vegan packets with a brown rice syrup base that come in flavors of chocolate, mocha, Razz, strawberry, vanilla and Double Expresso.
Carob-Boom must be popular among vegan athletes, because the website for ordering says they’re mostly sold out of Strawberry Kiwi, Apple Cinnamon, Banana Peach, Vanilla Orange, Vanilla, Chocolate Cherry, Cranberry Grapefruit, Raspberry and Grape Pomegranate and Watermelon. The original flavors of Strawberry Kiwi, Vanilla Orange, Apple Cinnamon and Banana Peach should be available now, but there’s no expected date for the other flavors to arrive.
Until then, you may want to make your own.
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