On my run today, I went au naturale, getting all my nutrition from raw, real ingredients. I made two things from Thrive last night to bring along today—Lemon-Lime Sports Drink and this Lemon-Lime Gel.
Interestingly, both of these were made from similar ingredients, just in different proportions. I know they don’t look too terribly exciting (the lighting in my kitchen does them no favors either), but both of these were really tasty. I like the drink as much as any commercial sports drink, though next time I’ll strain out the date pulp and whatever coconut oil doesn’t emulsify.
But the gel was the real surprise. I absolutely HATE normal gels, gu’s, or whatever you want to call them—I’ve stopped even trying to eat them during runs. But this one tasted so much better. I can’t be giving all of Brendan’s recipes away, so I’ll just do the gel recipe, since that’s the one I’m most excited about.
Also, exciting news in NMA land—my interview with Thrive author Brendan Brazier is tomorrow morning!
Raw Lemon-Lime Sport Gel Recipe (from Thrive)
Ingredients (for 3/4 cup, twice as much as pictured)
- 4 dates (I used dried dates, soaked for a few hours)
- 1/2 cup raw agave nectar
- 1 Tbsp lime zest
- 2 tsp lemon zest
- 1/2 tsp dulse (I skipped this, since I didn’t have it)
- Sea salt to taste
Combine all the ingredients in a blender or small food processor until desired consistency is reached. Put into plastic zip-lock bag or gel flask. (You can see that in my sublime hatred of carrying heavy or bulky things with me on runs, I chose the former. Just bite off a corner when you’re ready to eat it.)
So easy, and so much better than what you can buy. I wasn’t able to get the citrus zest and date pulp completely incorporated into the gel; it wasn’t an issue when I was running, but if this weirds you out, then you could just be careful and pour the gel off of the solid bits.
For more posts and recipes on natural sports nutrition, check out the Running Fuel page.