April 23, 2014
I often get asked for advice on how to use Chia Charge so I thought I'd share my advice in one place. Below is my best headline advice for using Chia Charge.
The best advice that I apply to any piece of kit and it’s the same for nutrition is to try Chia Charge out during your training, rather than for the first time in an important event. You wouldn’t change your brand of trainers before an important race without training in them and nutrition is the same.
The Chia Charge Trail Mix is more of a healthy grazing snack. You wouldn’t use this while running typically, but the Trail Mix is excellent as a healthy snack and a way of putting some protein and omega 3 into you post-run. All the seeds are healthy and these are a nice way of consuming them. There's around 6g of protein in a pack.
The Chia Charge flapjacks differ in only 2 ways, the banana flapjack has the solar dried bananas and less sea salt flakes, the Original Chia Charge flapjacks have 1% sea salt flakes, it’s more a matter of taste as to which one you prefer.
I’ve eaten the flapjacks at all sorts of times, and again it's different for lots of people. Before a long trail run or marathon I would eat one in the 90-30 minute window before the start and take a couple with me. I would eat one bar over the course of 60-90 minutes, taking a bite every 15 or 20 minutes. Typical nutritional advice advises that we will only make use of 300-400 calories consumed during activity. Putting more food in to your system than this may at best be a waste of time and energy, especially if you are carrying your own fuel, at worst it might cause you some discomfort as your body tries to process food and keep you moving at the same time.
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