Ultra-endurance athletes, even those looking for more natural alternatives, often look for something a little different. Over the course of a 6+ hour race flavor fatigue can easily set in. Aside from flavor fatigue, not everyone wants to rely on gels, chomps, sports drink, and beans. Here are a couple alternatives you could test in training as fueling alternatives.
This jam sandwich is made with a basic slice of potato bread cut in half and stuffed with a tablespoon layer of strawberry preserves. One out on the trails might want to consider eating a half sandwich at a time with water or electrolyte only beverage. This half sandwich offers as a source of 27 grams of carbohydrate, 160 mg of sodium, 3 grams of protein, and 1 gram of fat. Compare this to my favorite PowerBar gel, which has 27 grams of carbohydrate, 200 mg of sodium, 0 grams of protein, and 0 grams of fat.
A honey sandwich also works great. This honey sandwich is one slice of basic potato bread and a tablespoon of honey. It makes for a super moist carb-rich fueling option. I suggest eating half of a half, another wards, eat each sandwich made with 2 slices of bread and 2 tablespoons of honey in fourths. Each fourth of the sandwich offers about 75 calories, 17.5 grams of carbohydrate, 75 mg of sodium, 1.5 grams of protein, and 0.5 grams of fat. Let’s compare this to one of my favorite sports drinks PowerBar Ironman Perform. Ironman Perform contains 70 calories, 17 grams of carbohydrate, 190 mg sodium, 0 grams of protein, and 0 grams of fat. Consider adding a dash or two from the salt shaker for a little extra boost of sodium if additional electrolytes are needed.
The key with taking any of these solids is to consume them with water or an electrolyte only beverage. Eating them without sufficient fluids or with carbohydrate-rich fluids can contribute to risk of gastrointestinal upset.