SMART Bars and Other Natural Fuel for Athletes

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Detour Bar, but as always, the opinions are my own.

Over the weekend I went on an epic bike ride with California Triathlon. A group of us rode up the Angeles Crest Highway for a beautiful 40 mile ride with over 4,000 feet of elevation. It was tough, but a great opportunity to try out some new fuel. I have been wanting to write a natural fuel post for a long time, and I finally feel like I have enough goodies to share.

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Detour Bar sent me a few boxes of Smart Bars as part of a FitFluential campaign, and I must say I was very pleased with the bars. They sent me apple cinnamon and blueberry, and both flavors are delicious! Plus, each bar has only 130 calories, 10 grams of high quality whey protein, 4 grams of sugar and 3 grams of fiber.
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I brought a few of the Smart Bars with me on the epic ride this Saturday to share with some of my Cal Tri friends, and they all love them! My favorite is the blueberry! The 10 grams of protein makes it a perfect snack on a long ride too.

Watermelon Juice – I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I absolutely love watermelon juice as a natural drink for long bike rides and runs. Watermelon has electrolytes thanks to all the potassium and aids with muscle recovery. Plus, it tastes pretty incredible! I fill up my aerodrink with watermelon juice for just about every long bike ride.

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Cinnamon Honey Sweet Potato Mash – One of my Cal Tri friends recommended this concoction to me. She swears by it and used it in all of her Ironman races. To make this recipe, simply boil and mash a sweet potato. Then mix it with a little honey and cinnamon. Put it in a small sandwich bag, bite the tip off the bag, and squeeze into your mouth. It may look like baby food, but it’s delicious!

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Dried fruit like figs, cherries, apricots – The perfect natural source of energy. I absolutely love dried figs, and bring a few with me for long runs.

PB&J Squares – When I ran the Ragnar Relay, my friend Jen highly recommended running with a PB&J sandwich. She would cut it up into small squares, and eat a square at mile 6, 12, 18, and 24. I cut off the crust and try not to over-stuff the sandwich with peanut butter!

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Frozen Grapes – You can’t go wrong with frozen grapes! They are like little tiny drops of sunshine. Instead of putting skittles in your bento box, freeze a few grapes! They are amazing!

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Salted Peanut Butter Dates – Dates? Yes Please! Salted Peanut Butter? Can I get a Hell Yes!? Love the combination of sweet dates with salty peanut butter. If you are a salty sweater like I am, you will be thankful for the salted peanut butter.

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 There you have it! All my favorite natural fuel for athletes!

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