Maple Syrup Hack to Replace Energy Gel


#1

Guys, @Coach_Theia told me about using Maple Syrup rather than energy gels. Maybe she can elaborate, but it was discussed in a past Velonews Fast Talk podcast.

For some reason I cannot eat properly on longer rides inside. In the last hour I always seem to be low on energy . Today at hour 2 I literally tool a large spoon full of this Maple Syrup. It was amazing. It’s not like eating raw sugar. It does not hit you like a ton of bricks. Maple Syrup is a complex carbohydrate with all sorts of minerals (according to Theia). I took a spoon full and I could feel it absorb pretty quickly and it got me through the last hour.

Ted King sells this packaged through his website. https://untapped.cc/ . I’m going to buy some and report back.


#2

I would save your money with the organic stuff when it comes to Maple syrup. No one I know up here is using pesticides on what are, generally, old established sugar maples.


#3

Makes sense. Probably marketing trick to charge more


#4

We do tend to buy organic where we can, Drew, but there are times it doesn’t make sense to me. This is one. I tried the maple syrup gels a few years back where they were passing out samples. This is the company:http://www.triboutique.ca/Endurance-Tap-Energy-Gel-p/etap_gel1.htm?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI1M316c3r3wIVEJ7ACh1qagVgEAYYBSABEgIAVPD_BwE

It was a good product, but a bit pricey and I try to avoid the packaging if possible. Seems like there are a lot of pretty simple recipes out there on the net. I love the stuff. Amongst many things, it’s a great way to rescue a smoothie if you’ve taken a chance on a new ingredient and it’s not working out. Maple syrup is the nectar of the gods, eh!


#5

I have to agree with @MarcnotMatt. First, he’s Canadian, which makes him an expert in maple syrup by birthright. Second, I think you may find it more economical to buy a case of cans of maple syrup and a couple of gel flasks. You can make your own gels that way. It’d probably be a lot cheaper, and you wouldn’t generate so much waste.

If you need to mix it up from maple syrup, you can also try agave or honey. Personally, though, I just prefer to soak a pancake in maple syrup, wrap it up in some foil, and eat it on the road.


#6

In this video @Coach_Ian shows how to make your own energy gels with maple syrup and coffee!


#7

I am so behind. Sounds like you guys have known about this “Hack” for years.


#8

It was yummy. Had it today when I started the Over/Under 125. Needed a little pick-me-up after doing my reading for class.


#9

If I can ever figure out how to make a decent video, I’ll show you how we can take Ian’s basic recipe, thin it out with some saline, and go directly intravenous. That’s right, a Maple, coffee drip.


#10

I am so excited about @Coach_Ian’s video demo.

I have a Gu Hydrapak and don’t like it. The pouch is hard to clean.

I had no idea one could buy disposable pouches. I am going to buy some and experiment with the homemade maple syrup gel recipe. These pouches can have endless possibilities. Puree apples in a blender and put into the pouches. Make @Coach_Theia pre-workout mix with some water and put into the pouches. Make a post-workout pouch and freeze. Put the pouch with ice into a cooler in the car and have a cool pouch after a long ride.

I was given an Untapped maple syrup gel sample at a race. When I tore the gel open (on a hot day), I got most of the liquid maple syrup on my hands which I proceed to wipe onto the front of my shirt. I thought the gel would have a consistency of GU, but the gel was the consistency of water. By creating homemade gels, I can adjust the consistency.


#11

First batch / experiment done! I let the salt mound on the measuring spoon. Next time I will measure the salt exact as taste test indicates salty.

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#12

wow!!! awesome!!


#13

ummm @Coach_Theia any interest in making some??? I’ll clean your bike!!


#14

Deal!


#15

@Coach_Theia just keeps the stuff that keeps her faster then you a secret… =P


#16

I wonder how long these are good for? @Coach_Ian illing to test if they are good 3-5-10 then 20 days after making them??


#17

Not sure. They taste so good, mine disappeared. I believe that they can be frozen, so that would extend their shelf life. Other than that, I would say max of a week because of the smashed banana, if you store them in the fridge.


#18

My box came with a magnetic sticker. Personally, I would be comfortable keeping in the fridge for a week. I’m not a baby (most of the time).


#19

How sweet do these taste? My stomach tends to rebel on long rides when anything tastes sweeter than a banana.


#20

Not too sweet. In fact, a lot less sweeter than most gels.