Paleo Compliant Energy for Cycling?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 17, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Hi, Everyone.

Prior to becoming Paleo, before I found out that I am highly wheat and soy intolerant (as well as dairy), I used Hammar Nutrition's energy Gel packs - Chocolate flavor because I also have adverse reactions to citric acid. Anyway, the first ingredient is Maltrodextrin, which I know in the US is generally made from corn, but can also be made from wheat - and the package doesn't state "gluten-free." Does anyone have any other ideas for quick energy on the bicycle other than Larabars? Don't get me wrong, I love Larabars and they're fairly Paleo-friendly (the ones without peanuts or cashews), but I'd like another option. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance for your insight.

EDIT: I just found out that Hammer Nutrition's gels are gluten-free. Yay!!!! They always worked so well for me in the past and they will continue to do so. :)

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on June 18, 2012
at 02:01 PM

Anything 2-3hrs or less I just do it fasted (water with a little salt for hydration/electrolytes) with a small carb re-feed PWO (sized according to exercise intensity/volume)... for really long rides I just use fruit (banana), but I rarely do anything over 3 hrs.

Mark Sisson put together an energy gel recipe that might be worth trying: Paleo Hybrid Gel



on June 17, 2012
at 09:31 PM

Dates. Dried figs. Bananas.

If you have the time you can make your own 'energy gels' using dates, honey, orange zest, etc. I used to make these ones* (replace agave w honey).

*disclaimer - this recipe is by vegan triathlete Brendan Brazier




on June 18, 2012
at 05:10 AM

I am a cyclist and have similar food issues to you. I do well with dates, and for some reason Gu gels are fine and some of the other brands don't work well for me



on June 17, 2012
at 08:52 PM

If you're looking for carbs, then I'd say fruit (banana, orange slices, dried fruit if you're not trying to lose weight). Otherwise, hard boiled egg or beef jerky could work too. Maybe some raw nuts (in moderation of course).


on June 18, 2012
at 08:25 PM

Hi, I don't cycle much but I have been involved in multiple athletics most of my life. I like the following for energy- bananas, oranges (fruit in general), honey, and DEXTROSE post workout. Dextrose is pure glucose and rapidly absorbed. If taken with amino acids and creatine it is exactly what your muscles love to have in them. But honestly dude, I'll even drink a gatorade if it's all that's around post workout.



on June 18, 2012
at 02:48 AM

Seaweed sounds like a good thing. I've been training fasted but I limit my rides to 2.5 hours or less.

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