Many athletes today have gotten into the habit of using packaged food as their primary source of fuel when they are working out. Watch a bike race on TV and you see cyclist after cyclist unwrapping some gu like substance and tossing it down. For many of these athletes, honey would be a much better source of nutrition and energy.
Athletes need carbs during prolonged efforts to keep their engines fueled. Instead of eating some pre packaged food, a tablespoon of manuka honey would be more than sufficient. For lighter workouts, consider adding some honey to your water for a natural boost throughout the workout. This is perfect for cyclists doing a 60 to 90 minute ride, as they generally do not use their sports drink for shorter rides.
It is common knowledge that athletes benefit from eating proteins and carbs within 30 minutes of their workout being completed. Doing this helps the muscles recover better and helps the athlete avoid tired and sore muscles. By adding some honey to a protein-laden dish, the athlete will be able to replenish the supplies and give the body what it needs to recover. This can also help avoid that dizzy feeling some athletes get after a significant effort.
One of the best aspects of active manuka honey is that it is very flexible when it comes to cooking methods. It is just as good in a smoothie as it is on steak or chicken. It can be used as a glaze or a dipping sauce. It can even be used as a spread, such as a peanut butter and honey sandwich. With roughly 65 calories per tablespoon, it probably has fewer calories than most jams!
If you are a cyclist, consider using honey as part of your on the bike nutrition. Homemade nutrition bars are becoming very popular and word has it they are not only better tasting, but also much easier to digest. Some of the most popular recipes feature rice, some type of nuts, dried fruits, peanut butter, and of course, honey. There really is no secret other than finding the proper ingredients that suit your taste buds.
Somewhere along the way athletes seemed to forget that the best source of energy is real food. There is no need to stuffed processed foods down your throat when real food is easy to convert to portable foods. With a little time in the kitchen and some trial and error, you can infuse honey into your water and solid nutrition for a better tasting energy supply during your workouts.