Enjoy a natural pick-me-up for your endurance endeavours with clean energy gels packed with nothing but the good stuff.
MF BEST BUY:
£5.50 (pack of 3), veloforte.cc
They say: ‘An energising blend to perk up your palate as you workout.’
We say: Veloforte’s range of refreshingly simple endurance products are all inspired by Panforte: an Italian dessert made from a blend of fruits, nuts and spices. You won’t find much else in any of Veloforte’s products, and they’re all the better for it.
There are several gels to choose from, but the Tempo tops our list. Made from dates, lemon and ginger, and loaded with natural electrolytes from date nectar, maple syrup and unrefined brown rice syrup, each 110-calorie sachet makes mid-run or ride fuelling a breeze. Top marks.
33fuel Chia Energy Gel
They say: ‘Made with just four natural ingredients and packing a mighty punch.’
We say: 33Fuel’s original Energy Gel contains nothing but organic chia seeds, coconut palm sugar, organic vanilla, and Himalayan pink salt. The result is an optimum blend of carbs, fats and antioxidants that combine to fight fatigue, without the peaks and troughs of more artificial products.
To use, open the cap, blow to inflate, fill with your liquid of choice (use coffee for an added boost) and shake.
ONE PRO Nutrition Energy Gel
They say: ‘Each gel provides 22g of carbohydrate and 400mg of BCAA’s which support muscle mass and performance.’
We say: These provide a welcome boost when you’re flagging and although there’s a couple of not-so-natural names on the ingredients list, in the main this is a far cleaner gel than most on the market.
Its real-fruit flavouring makes it easy to stomach on the go, while the added BCAAs encourage tired muscles to stick at it.
OTE Apple Energy Gel
£27 (box of 20), otesports.co.uk
They say: ‘Contains real fruit juice concentrate in an easy to consume, almost liquid-like consistency.’
We say: OTE’s extensive testing process means all its products are athlete-approved and proven to do the job.
The brand’s new Apple Energy Gel tastes pretty good, but it’s the consistency that stands out: there’s none of the thick gooeyness of some gels, making it easy to chug one back on the move without fear of a sickly aftertaste.
Spring Energy CanaBERRY
They say: ‘A balanced composition of carbohydrates without the negative effects of sugar and/or maltodextrin overload.’
We say: Designed in collaboration with pro ultra runner Sage Canaday – who knows a thing or two about long-distance fuelling – these CanaBERRY gels are made up of a balanced blend of natural carbohydrates to provide energy while preventing sugar crashes.
They taste similar to the packed-lunch favourite, the Frube, and there’s no faulting the formula.
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Gels
£32 (box of 24), sigmasports.com
They say: ‘Jam-packed with the nutritional goodness of honey, this gel offers a rapid absorption of carbohydrate energy.’
We say: A big hitter in the world of natural energy gels, Honey Stinger has been around for a while, but now it’s got a range of Organic Gels that contain nothing but the good stuff.
The Fruit Smoothie flavour gets our vote, powered predominantly by organic tapioca syrup and honey that tastes as good as anything we’ve tried.
hüma Chia Energy Gel
They say: ‘Fruit Puree. Chia Seeds. Brown Rice Syrup. You don’t need a PhD to pronounce the ingredients in Hüma Gel.’
We say: Hüma was inspired by the endurance endeavours of the Tarahumara, a tribe of Mexican Indians who regularly run hundreds of miles at a time, fuelled by chia.
There’s no promises these gels will turn you into an ultra marathoner overnight, but the simple ingredients and easy-to-gulp texture are a tonic for tired legs.