For the sweet tooth, life is a constant compromise of fighting the heart’s desire for satisfying, sugary foods and struggling to stay loyal to a healthy lifestyle. The savoury-food lover can’t understand it, but we’re the ones that can always be counted on to bring snacks on the road trip. We snap when someone steals from the fridge and despite eating a beautiful main we’re not fully satisfied until after dessert. Because of this, we often fluctuate between feelings of post-snack guilt and unashamed ignorance: ‘Oh well, it was worth it.’
The thing is, the more you feed the sugar monster the worse it becomes. Luckily for us, in this foodie, experimental ‘Instagram’ age that we live in, sweet-tasting yet healthy alternatives do exist. We have access to acai bowls, rice malt syrup and cacao. So yes, for athletes, it is possible to create yummy snacks and boost your performance in one, and we’ve set out to develop recipes to help achieve this dual purpose.
If you let it, the pseudo-grain quinoa can be a real hero in your diet; packed with carbs and energy. As an athlete, you need to expect a lot from the foods you eat, and quinoa can (and will!) deliver.
This particular recipe was developed, utilising quinoa for its benefits, with your mid-race needs particularly in mind. During a race, your body is crying out for energy as your stored glycogen is depleting. Its crucial for endurance athletes to pay special attention to carbohydrate intake alongside sodium and fluid needs due to the lengthy nature of such competitions.
In these situations, ingesting approximately 30-60 grams of carbs per hour should be aimed for. Portable snacks such as this one make fuelling not merely achievable but also convenient, and this recipe is one you can wrap, throw in your pack and access when you need that quinoa-energy the most!
Makes 12 Balls
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
1 cup cooked quinoa
3 tbsp. chia seeds
9 tbsp. water
1 cup diced apricots
cup roughly diced almonds
Desiccated coconut (optional)