Hello (and goodbye) March! The weather is improving (for the most part), my ironman training is ramping up and I’m starting to think about foods, snacks and drinks to to fuel my training sessions, keep me energised and hydrated. This month I’m intentionally eating some insects, giving my cupboards a spring clean to use up steel-cut oats and trying a new hydration mix.
I was doing a bit of a pantry spring-clean and found a couple of packets of these steel-cut oats (also known as pin-head oats) lurking in the back, and thought I should probably start putting them to use. I’ve been soaking them overnight in milk and then cooking into a lovely chewy textured porridge. I like chewy textures, and also quite like them in overnight oats or bircher muesli. They taste fantastic, a bit more nutty in flavour than your standard rolled or porridge oats.
Oatly oat drinks
Staying on the oat theme, when it comes to dairy free milk alternatives, I quite like Oatly oat drink. As a have a few friends who are either vegan or dairy free, I’ve always got some stored in my cupboard for unexpected visits. I recently used some to create a vegan protein smoothie and taste tested many MANY coffees using the Oatly Foamable at a recent nutrition conference. It’s delicious in coffee. Very delicious!
Motion Nutrition Hydration Mix
Hydration during endurance events is always important. I’ve tested out a few different options available on the market, the latest being Motion Nutrition’s Organic Mid Workout Hydration Mix. Made with dehydrated coconut water, pomegranate, sea buckthorn, acai and cordyceps (a type of fungus), it’s an acquired taste which would probably be more palatable mixed into juice. I’m not quite sure what I make of it flavour-wise yet, or exactly where I stand with the ingredients list either as cordyceps hasn’t been associated with any performance benefit according to one study. I think one key factor with hydration during endurance events like I’m training for is palatability. Since it’s not quite to my taste I probably won’t be using it very much unfortunately.
Nuts – 30 days 30 ways
Rich in protein, heart-healthy fats and micronutrients, nuts and seeds are a great way to add a burst of nutrient into your diet. There’s currently a campaign going on in australia to encourage people to try eating nuts in different ways #nuts30days30ways. I put some empty peanut butter jars to good use by filling them with some of the nuts currently in my cupboard. I use them all the time to make my own energy balls/bars/bites, add to muesli, sprinkle over yoghurt or munch whole. I think the macadamias are my current favourite.
Crobar cricket flour bars
I’ve been watching the rise of food products containing insect protein with interest. Then as luck has it Gathr asked if I would like to try out their cricket flour energy bars. I was intrigued!! The Crobar uses 6% cricket flour together with a mixture of dried fruit, nuts and other flavours to create an energy/protein bar. Knowing that you are intentionally eating insects can cause you to pause before taking the first bite, thats for sure! They aren’t something I’d eat a lot of, as I found they had a floury texture, a bit like energy bars made with plant-based protein powders do. I’d be interested to see what foods containing a higher proportion of cricket flour would taste like.
That’s about it for this month! I’ll be back next month with more foods that I’m trying and experimenting with. You can also check out previous posts of whats in this dietitians kitchen.