If you’re a runner or triathlete, you probably worry about hydration and energy. Maybe you’ve tried sports drinks and energy gels. Most people I speak to don’t really like them but aren’t sure what to use instead. So I thought I’d share my take on energy gel and an electrolyte drink. Simple, homemade recipes that taste great and are packed with nutrients.

Lemon and lime energy gel

Ingredients  (makes 3/4 cup)

4 dates (soaked in hot water for at least an hour)

1/2 cup raw agave nectar

1 tbsp lime zest

2 tsp lemon zest

Sea salt to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a blender or small food processor until smooth.  Divide into small feed bags and seal with a tie. Store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. Just bite off a corner when you’re ready to eat it.

Fruity electrolyte energy drink

500ml cold water

3 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp coarse sea salt

lemon juice, to taste

lime juice, to taste

Combine the ingredients, mixing thoroughly. Keep refridgerated until you use it.

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