There are many sports and performance nutrition products. They are carefully researched, produced and marketed. They do serve a purpose.
One negative, is cost.
Frequent use of the packaged sports product is expensive.
How can you remain elite, "up to minute" and remain well nourished and save money?
You do not need to drink a sports electrolyte drink all the time. As a general rule, I would drink plain water for any exercise for up to an hour and beyond. After that I would start to consider.
(Make sure you do not pay too much for water, always cheaper out of the tap)
These are always on special, cheap cheap. Compare the calories with the equivalent sports products.
I am a big kid. I love snakes, jellies, jelly beans etc. I always have these as my option before a sports gel. (Yes on a long ride the sports gel lasts longer in my pocket)
After any intense workout, can you go wrong with a Tuna Sandwich in place of your Protein Shake? Probably not, if you are counting grams of protein and carbohydrate and cost.
Have a "main meal" for lunch when you have completed a big session before work.
Target the pasta, and rice dishes leftover for these occasions.
Home Made Carbohydrate/Protein Snacks
Make the snack yourself! There are many references on the net. The advantage is that you know exactly what the ingredients are.
The down side from experience, is the experimenting required.
Fresh and Dried Fruit
Fresh fruit is great, however availability, transport and sometimes price can be a disadvantage. Dried fruit such as figs and dates can overcome some of the problems.
Bread and Jam
Again, my sweet tooth. I love bread and jam, but I do not know of any better ratio of "grams of carbs/dollars" . Any suggestions?
Products marketed for Women
There appears to be many products breads, milk etc marketed for women that are fortified with additional nutrients. Maybe these
can be incorporated into the daily routine?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Robert Gaggini is founder of Adelaide Cycling Academy and owner of Infuga Retreat. As a cycling coach Robert brings years of experience to a wide range of Cycling Activities.
Winner of multiple cycle races including Mt Gambier 100mile classic 2005, and Alphutte 2003, (4th in 2012). Participant in a variety of endurance events including Paris-Brest-Paris, and is a 40km per day commuter for over 20years.
If you require any assistance with training plans, cycle coaching or if you just want to ride faster, Robert is happy to assist.