A new spirulina and protein for my morning smoothie

I’ve always used plain hemp powder as my protein source in my morning smoothies, but when I ran out I decided to try out Plant Fusion.  I’ve read that you ideally need a blend of protein sources to create a complete protein (getting all the essential amino acids) and Plant Fusion has that, whereas hemp on its own does not.

And I just ran out of spirulina and decided to try a new brand Pure Hawaiian.  The first review on Amazon is very longwinded helpful.  It seems like Hawaiian spirulina is more nutritious and flavorful.  Who knew?  The protein concentration is much higher ~3x in this brand than the previous one I had.

I added the protein and spirulina to my staple other smoothie ingredients including one banana, fresh oj, coconut water, chia seeds, maca powder, pineapples and strawberries (frozen), cacao powder and agave nectar and Udo’s oil and gave it all a whirl for about a minute.

The Result

Wow!  The taste was amazing but what stood out even more was the grittiness I had gotten accustomed to from the hemp powder was completely gone.  The smoothie went down very smoothly (like it’s name suggests it should) and made for a refreshing morning post workout drink.

Super smoothie
Super smoothie
A new spirulina and protein for my morning smoothie

My first homemade energy bar

Gu Gel, Gu Chomps, Gu Brew.  Hammer Gels, Hammer Perpetuem, Hammer Heed.  Stinger Gels, Stinger Chews.  And on and on.  There is no shortage of products for pre-, during, and post- endurance activity.  I’ve found the Gu gels to be great during a long run as well as a Bonk Bar for runs over two hours, eating one an hour.  And Nuun tablets in my water for my electrolytes.

But all of that can get old and I can’t imagine eating Gu gels by the handful during every long run I do from here on out.  So I went out on a research mission to see how I can make my own long run food.

My criteria was simple but hard to find an answer for.  I basically wanted something that uses these two ingredients:

  • chia seeds
  • pinole (toasted cornmeal)

I learned about these from reading Born To Run where it talks about how the Tarahumara solely use them during their long jaunts.   Chia seeds are the new quinoa, which is soooo 2006 now.

For whatever reason there were not many recipes using pinole and chia in an energy bar.  Finally I found one and this is the one I tried out.


Update: I tasted them this morning as I was wrapping them up individually and the taste is spot on.  The dried cherries definitely come through.  I’m taking them on a run this weekend so we’ll see how they do there.

Energy bars
My first homemade energy bar