Honey for improved performance

As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, consumption of carbohydrates in the form of sports gels can be beneficial as part of a long-distance sport training program. However, sometimes these can be pricey. There is an alternative to sports gels that is more economical: honey. According to a study in the February 2002 issue of Strength and Conditioning Journal taking honey prior to vigorous activity can benefit performance. Honey can act as an ergogenic aid by maintaining blood sugar levels, muscle recuperation and glycogen restoration after a workout.

The following recipes will allow you to create home-made energy bars and sports drinks by using honey as a main ingredient. Recipes courtesy of National Honey Board.

Honey Lemon Thirst Quencher

Ingredients:

1/2 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon lite salt
1/4 cup lemon juice
7-1/2 cups water

Directions:

Combine ingredients. Using lukewarm water will aid in dissolving honey. Then cool.
Makes 8 servings.

Honey Lemon Thirst Quencher
(recipe courtesy of The National Honey Board)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon lite salt
2 cups orange juice
5-1/2 cups water

Directions:

Combine ingredients. Using lukewarm water will aid in dissolving honey. Then cool.
Makes 8 servings.

Here’s an easy homemade energy bar recipe using honey:

Honey Energy Bar

Ingredients:

2/3 cup honey
3/4 cup chunky peanut butter
4 cups granola mix

Directions:

In 4-cup microwave-safe container microwave honey at HIGH (100%) 2 to 3 minutes or until honey boils. Stir in peanut butter; mix until thoroughly blended. Place granola in large bowl. Pour honey mixture over granola and combine thoroughly. Press firmly into 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Let stand until firm. Cut into bars. Makes 36 bars.

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Posted on May 4, 2012, in Healthy Eating and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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