If you've ever tried to eat while breathing hard and moving about in the cold air -- and we're guessing you have -- you know that it can be a challenging sport in and of itself. You also know that the nutritional value of a food doesn't matter if you can't get it into your stomach. Perhaps it's no wonder energy gels have become so popular. The tiny pouches, which go by a variety of names, offer amino acids and carbohydrates to sustain prolonged efforts. Be advised, however, some energy gels are little more than sugary candies. Label reading is key to getting a healthy boost [source: Esmont].
It's not easy to get out on a cold day for a tough workout, but there's no need to do it on an empty stomach when you have these healthy and handy options.
- Braaten, Brenda. "Nutritional Considerations for Cold Weather Hiking." Backpacking Light. June 25, 2001. (Aug. 12, 2012) http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/00040.html?id=zd969cJB:126.96.36.199
- Clark, Nancy. "Fuel Station." USA Triathlon. (Aug. 12, 2012) http://www.usatriathlon.org/about-multisport/multisport-zone/fuel-station/articles/winter-and-nutrition-fueling-for-cold-weather-exercise.aspx
- Esmont, Erin. "Energy Gels Pack a Punch for Your Workout." (Aug. 12, 2012) http://www.active.com/mountainbiking/Articles/Energy_gels_pack_a_punch_for_your_workout.htm
- Ighani, Mona. "Winter Time Workout." Nov. 4, 2008. (Aug. 12, 2012) http://voices.yahoo.com/winter-time-workout-2107404.html?cat=51
- Made to Run. "Honey: The Ideal Running Fuel." May 24, 2010. (Aug. 12, 2012) http://www.madetorun.com/running-diet-and-nutrition/honey-the-ideal-running-fuel/
- Snyder, Kimberly. "10 Foods You Should Eat for Pre and Post Workout." (Aug. 12, 2012) http://www.kimberlysnyder.net/blog/2012/05/17/10-foods-you-should-eat-for-pre-and-post-workout/
HowStuffWorks explores whether posting calories on the menu helps consumers make better food choices.