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March 1, 2012
I was very excited to find Shot Bloks on sale today at my local HEB grocery store. Normally they are $2 each, but the store has marked them down to 75 cents each. My hubby really likes these when he is on his long bicycle rides, but our budget doesn't. At this price, we stocked up. The expiration date is sometime in 2015, so we are good there. I hope to one day find a palatable homemade (and economic) alternative to the Shot Bloks, but until then, he will have to make do with the Oatmeal Breakfast Bars I created to substitute for the pricey energy bars he also used to consume. The Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are in the Farm Bell Recipes under squeegee1.
February 10, 2009
I had a great book for backpacking recipes, many of which also worked for cycling (which I also did once upon a time) One of the things I remember the most was what they, or maybe it was me, called "Energy Bites". It was supposed to be similar to energy bars… I doubt they'd stand up to any kind of nutritional examination but it was peanut butter, honey and powdered milk, mixed/kneaded to a very very very stiff consistency and rolled into balls for easy eating on the march or while pedaling. A friend of mine also made them with some protein powder mixed in. I didn't like them too much that way though. I have no idea about the amounts, but I do know that it was very easy to have way more than you meant to get. Another friend made it with Nutella for the chocolate flavor. It might be worth a try! I sure used it a lot, and while it isn't all that wonderful, when I'm exerting myself that much, anything sweet works, my real nutrition comes during the rest of my life, not on a hike or during a cycling event.
March 1, 2012
Thanks BuckeyeGirl. The Oatmeal Breakfast Bars work well for him but he has to stop and eat them. He would like to find something that is A: Tasty B: Nutritious C: Economic D: Easy to eat one handed and E: Very Packable/Portable. Doesn't want much does he? He rides an underseat steering recumbant bicycle which is difficult to ride or steer one handed. That is why he usually stops to eat. Can't make good time if you stop, but can't make good time if you don't have fuel. The Shot Bloks are great, except for the retail cost. We are set for awhile. But he rides anywhere from 200 to 500 milles per week so he consumes alot of calories. If you recall the title of the book, I would appreciate hearing from you. Perhaps I can find something that would come close to suiting his needs.
February 10, 2009
I'm pretty sure it was "Gorp Glop and Glue Stew". I get the easy to eat thing, which is why I rolled my "Energy Bites" into bite sized balls. When I started making them in small 'balls' like that it was mostly because they wind up being kinda oily from the peanut butter, and sticky because of the honey for either activity, but for cycling, it was also to make them easy for somewhat the same reasons, though my standard bike wasn't such trouble as a recumbent is. I think it was 1 part honey, 1 part peanut butter, and anywhere between 2 to 3 parts powdered milk. I experimented with adding wheat germ, or oatmeal to them too. That was good as long as you didn't put in too much of whichever.
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