Exercisers: Make Your Own Fuel Food!

By: Vegetarian Times

Rocket Fuel by Matt Kadey

If you like to run, bike, hike or swim, then you know how well you feel and perform can be greatly affected by eating the right foods before, during, and after an intense workout or event.

But you might be really, really tired of energy bars.

If so, take a look at Matthew Kadey’s new book, Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sports & Adventure—in it, he shows how easily you can these snacks, smoothies and energy bars yourself. The benefits are huge:  You can tailor your power food to include ingredients you like and that meet your dietary needs, without the non-food additions that many commercial sports snacks and drinks rely on. And, you’ll save money.

Tasty bars and smoothies

As a registered dietitian who specializes in sports nutrition, Kadey understands what an athlete’s body needs, and offers lots of simple recipes like Millet Cherry Bars, Zucchini Bread Bites, Hot Chocolate Recovery Smoothie, Watermelon Slushie and others—“real-food fuel,” as he calls them. He uses ingredients like cacao nibs, chia seeds, almond flour and other nutrient-dense foods to make refreshingly flavorful snacks.

This last point is key—Kadey is a long-distance cyclist who knows that we all get tired of eating the same gels and energy bars again and again, which can lead many to not eat enough. But keeping an even energy level during a game, bike ride, or long run, is essential for endurance.

Rocket Fuel by Matt Kadey

Something for Everyone

In his book, foods Kadey categorizes recipes by when they can provide a needed fuel: before, during and after a major workout or competitive event. And Kadey indicates which recipes are diary-free, gluten-free, Paleo-friendly and vegetarian or vegan-friendly.

Even if you’re not a sports enthusiast, you can make any of these power-packed snacks for those times when you need an energy boost or food break—they’re good for you, tasty, and best of all, made in your own kitchen.

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