Tired of the Energy "Bar Scene" ?
Are you like me? Do you often tire of the "bar scene"? I'm not referring to the hops-serving pickup joints nor bass-thumping danceclubs...no, burned out on those a LONG time ago. It's the Clif Bars, Power Bars, Fiber One Bars, Luna Bars, etc. that I'm now bemoaning.
Don't get me wrong, we buy a huge supply and variety of energy bars (also cereal, but that's another blog) and eat them regularly. At any given time it's very likely that 10+ cases of nutrition bars are in the pantry. BUT lately, more often than not, after a long bike ride or swim or run, my craving for a bar is as diminshed as a 3-year old's appetite for brussel sprouts. What to do?
Over the past several months, my post-workout recovery nutrition of choice has become a glass of skim milk combined with 3-4 heaping teaspoons of Ovaltine's Chocolate Malt Mix (orange label). Chocolate milk has long been a favored recovery drink of professional cyclists with proven results. But rather than using a nutrition-absent powder mix of chocolate sugar, I create a "Power" chocolate milk with the Ovaltine. It tastes just as good as traditional chocolate milk and adds the following vitamins/minerals:
Vitamin A - 45% RDA
Vitamin C - 45%
Calcium - 8%
Iron - 15%
Vitamin D - 50%
Thiamin (B1) - 60%
Riboflavin(B2) - 45%
Niacin - 45%
Vitamin B6 - 45%
Phosphorus - 8%
Because it's light on protein and potassium, I supplement my glass of chocolate milk mix with an english muffin/almond butter combination (protein) and a banana (potassium). Finally, a couple glasses of plain and simple water wash it all down.
After your next workout if you just can't stomach eating another energy bar, try the above snack for a tasty treat and proven recovery aid.