This week our question goes to Namrita O'Dea. A licensed dietitian and
member of the Topeak/Ergon racing team. O'Dea helps riders fine tune their
bodies for maximum performance through her business 55
Nine Performance Nutrition.
just wrapping up, I thought I would offer a few of my favorites from the show.
Some of the products are new, some are not, but all are worth the look.
1. Honey Stinger
Waffles: These are individually packaged wafer-like waffles with Honey Stinger
in the center. They have the taste and feel of "real food", are
not too sweet or sticky, and would be really easy to eat while on the bike.
Honey Stinger has come a long way now offering a wide range of products
including the gels made with natural honey, chews, and even protein bars.
My only problem with these waffles is it will be hard to not eat them off the
bike! They will be available in October and will cost you approximately
$1.40/ea. Nutrition Info per waffle: 160 calories, 7 g fat, 21 g
carbohydrate, 0g protein. For more information visit http://honeystinger.com/
Softflask: This isn't a new product but I picked up two new ones at Interbike
as they are definitely one of my favorite products out there. Having used
"regular" gel flasks, these are much easier to squeeze so you can
actually get all the gel out of the flask. They also hold a lot more of
whatever you are putting in it. I've used PowerGel in my flasks and also
almond butter thinned with agave nectar. The softflask comes in 2 sizes,
5 oz and 8 oz, and come in either a flip top cap or a bite valve. The bite
valve is best used for regular gels and the flip top works better for anything
that is of a thicker consistency. For more information visit http://www.hydrapak.com/
Sustained Release Beta Alanine: Yes, this actually a supplement from PowerBar.
Acidosis is one of the factors that has shown to increase muscle fatigue during
exercise. Muscle carnosine has a role in pH regulation in muscle but beta
alanine availability is a limiting factor in carnosine synthesis. A
recent review of studies shows sustained release beta alanine increases muscle
carnosine content and may improve performance in high intensity exercise.
The PowerBar supplements are not currently available for sale but keep checking http://www.powerbar.com/
Note: PowerBar is also now retailing a protein powder supplement in chocolate
and vanilla. I have tried both in smoothies and give it the thumbs up.
4. Pure Bar: This
bar is all-natural, gluten-free, organic, raw, vegan...AND it even tastes
really good. The bars are also under 200 calories and low in saturated
fat, unlike many other bars. They make great anytime snacks and come in
delicious flavors such as cherry cashew, chocolate brownie, and wild blueberry.
For more information visit http://thepurebar.com/
5. FRS Healthy
Energy ready to drink cans and hard "candies": The most recent
scientific review of quercetin, a dietary flavonoid and the main antioxidant of
FRS, determined that quercetin provides a benefit in both VO2 max and endurance
performance. FRS offers drink concentrate, individually wrapped chews and
hard "candies", and ready to drink cans now sweetened with stevia.
New flavors include: Apricot nectarine, orange, and low-cal citrus pomegranate.
For more information visit http://www.frs.com/
O'Dea, MS, RD