My taste buds really have changed in the past six months since I have cut out sugar and grains. Things that would have been totally fine for me to eat before just taste like a blob of chemicals. It really is strange. GU gels no longer are edible to me. I have even tried the Powerbar Energy blasts which are a little pouch of blended fruit and some other additives. The taste did not appeal to me at all.
My first iron distance I ate nothing but GU gels on the bike and the run - and let me tell you that is A LOT of GU. The 2nd iron distance was more of a mix of bonk breaker bars and GU. The thought of choking down a GU right now makes me sick. The funny thing is I used to always have stomach upset towards the end of races. I never thought about attributing it to the GU until someone connected the dots for me. That is actually what led me to look for alternatives.
Humagels are 100% all natural and gluten free. There is cane juice and brown rice syrup in it which goes against my no sugar eating plan BUT for racing and training I have come to realize that I need a certain amount of sugars to keep me going. If I am going to take in sugars I would much rather they be in a natural form.
I was sent a few of the gels to try. They come in apples & cinnamon and strawberry flavors. I really like both but would have to give the edge to the apple for its apple pie goodness. On the ride last weekend, I had it in my back pocket all day and it was like a warm apple pie by the time I ate it. YUM.
|Like an apple pie but no fork required|
If you are looking for a natural alternative to some of the gels and liquids out there, I highly recommend humagels. They sent me a few to sample for the blog but had actually purchased a 5-pack sample of my own before I received their package in the mail. Click the link above if you want to pick up a sample pack. $11.25 for 5 gels. You won't be sorry :)