Foodie Round-Up

I’ve been trying out a couple of new fuel and hydration products and though it might be good to pair them up and see how they can work together for a post-run/activity refuel/rehydrate option. First is DRINKMaple, which is a drink tapped from maple trees in Vermont. The website tells us that DRINKMaple is packed with nutrients and gives a refreshing low-calorie, gluten-free, dairy-free drink. You can read about the nutritional value here.

DRINKMaple

DRINKMaple

So what does it taste like? Well, erm, sugary water really. If you like sugary water, then great, but I prefer my water unsweet(ened) so, to gain the nutritional benefits, I added mine to a smoothie, with frozen berries, banana and a bit of almond milk.

Sweeeeet!

Sweeeeet!

That looks a bit more exciting doesn’t it?

To accompany my Super Maple-Berry Smoothie, I toasted a Dr Zak’s high protein cinnamon and raisin bagel. I’ve tested a few Dr Zak’s products before and found them tasty and filling, so these bagels are a nice addition. I buttered mine and added a little honey, which is just fine if you’ve run ten miles and pounded out an hour on the turbo trainer (more on my current training later in the week).

Refuel

Refuel

The bagels are tasty and they do fill you up for longer, but the most valuable feature is the high protein count, which is exactly what you need after a tough session.

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Dr Zak’s Powdered Peanut Butter

Yes, really, powdered peanut butter! I wasn’t so sure myself, but actually, it’s pretty good.

Powdered PB

Powdered PB

It comes in a 150g tub (for Β£4.49) and you can mix it with equal parts water to make a paste to butter your bagels, or simply add it in powdered form to make a nutty and protein-packed smoothie. So, why powdered PB? What’s the difference? If you are looking to put some extra protein into your diet, but don’t like that protein-powder taste (and all the added sweeteners, emulsifiers and so on), then this is a simple option. The butter has just three ingredients (peanut flour, a little sugar and a pinch of salt) and has 80% less fat than conventional peanut butter and has a whopping 45g of high quality protein per 100g.

I mixed some up with a bit of water to get a nice smooth paste (and licking the spoon proved that it tastes pretty good – though I prefer a crunchy peanut butter for spreading) and added it to some banana and almond milk to make a tasty post-swim smoothie.

Smooth(ie)

Smooth(ie)

If you want to pack some extra protein without really trying that hard, then it’s pretty easy to bulk up your smoothie after your run/ride/swim, or to make your breakfast work that little bit harder. Have a look here to find out more.

Dr Zak’s Protein-Packed Nut Butters

Yum! I love peanut butter, so was drooling slightly at the thought of trying out the new Dr Zak’s nut butters. You might remember earlier in the year I tried out some of Dr Zak’s protein bagels and really liked them, so I was intrigued to sample something new. The peanut butters come in five flavours: Salted Caramel, White Chocolate & Coconut, Apple & Cinnamon, Cherry Bakewell and Fresh Raspberry; I was sent a jar each of the white chocolate and coconut and cherry bakewell flavours.

Peanutty goodness

Peanutty goodness

I must admit, I prefer my nut butters crunchy, with a bit of bite to them and these are smooth butters and quite runny. I don’t normally have the jam and peanut butter on toast combo so, in the interest of research, just stuck a spoon in and had a lick. Sweeeeeeeeeet!! Really, these are very sweet, so you might want to miss the jam layer! The spreads are made in the UK and are free from palm oil, naturally sweetened with fruit extract, contain no preservatives and deliver 7.2g of protein in every 20g serving, so this seems like a tasty way to get some additional protein in your diet when training hard.

Since I find them a bit sweet for my liking, I have been dolloping a spoonful in a post-run smoothie and also baked some peanut butter flapjacks as a refuelling treat (though, with the oil content, you need to adjust your baking time so they don’t burn. Ahem πŸ˜‰ ). The spreads are made using the highest quality partially hydrolysed whey protein isolate, are approved by the Vegetarian Society and can be bought from a number of online stockists listed here (you can also search by postcode for your nearest retailer). Let me know if you think up any new ways to use peanut butter in your diet and post any links to tasty recipes below πŸ™‚