What’s New? Nut Butters, Nathan, and Compression!

So was asked recently what are some of your favorite must haves!!! Ha, the list is long and varied so thought what better place to start writing about them.

 

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Pocket Fuel 

Let’s start with nut butter!! Always a fan of peanut butter but in the past few years have tried to stay away from peanuts as much as possible. Research has shown that other nuts have increased benefit for your health and now we have so much more to choose from out there, so why stop at peanut butter. But, then I found a product called Pocket Fuel  , Pocket Fuel Naturals was founded in Oregon, by athletes for athletes. To fuel athletes with natural, many are vegan, gluten free, whole real food. There line of nut butters and now cold brew coffee energy shots are amazing. These products have saved me many times before, during, and after workouts. Even first thing in the morning perfect for a treat before a training session on a piece of toast or waffle with a shot of espresso or soy cappuccino.

 

 

IMG_7705Fusion Compression Sleeves

Many ask, do they really work? Won’t I just get hot wearing them. No and no? I am a firm believer in compression sleeves and socks for training and racing. Fusion PWR Tubes compression sleeves are the best on the market without doubt! There have been years of research done to prove the benefit of increased circulation and oxygen delivery to the muscles. Sure, you will always get someone who will find something contrary to wearing them, but I choose to wear them for both training and recovery. Usually not both on a given day. If I train in them I will not put them on immediately after for recovery. If I choose not to use them for training that day, I will use them for recovery following the workout. I will often sleep in the socks but never the sleeves as you can get pooling under the ankle of the sleeve band (better to use the socks to sleep in or for driving/flying). I feel Fusion has developed a top of the line compression sleeve, the fit is right on, staying in place and proving graduated compression. They are comfortable when on for extended periods of time and stay nice and cool when training in hot climates such as Arizona. I don’t go anywhere without a pair of compression sleeves or socks when training hard or racing. Thanks Fusion for providing athletes with the very best apparel on the market.

 

 

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Nathan Sports

What doesn’t this company provide us athletes with these days, thanks Nathan! But most importantly Nathan has provided me a way to hold water and hydration for more than a decade of my life. My absolute favorite would be my insulated QuickShot Plus. For me it is the perfect size for most of my runs, and I can often find a spot to refill it. It is insulated so my water stays cool in the Arizona heat. It hits perfectly in my hand and the pocket can easily hit some money, a key, and any other small necessity. I have many other Nathan products that are part of my must haves as well, which will be reviewed soon!!!! Thanks Nathan for providing athletes so many ways to stay hydrated, in addition to a huge assortment of other products to use out playing on the roads and trails.

 

 

 

New favorite fuel! PocketFuel

I feel as if maybe I struck GOLD? I was super excited to come home the other night to find PocketFuel at my door! This product intrigued me not only because of my addiction to peanut and almond butter but also because it comes in handy packets that are resealable with additions of chia, honey, goji berries, and espresso … GOLDEN!

 

I literally could not wait to try this product. And I was blown away. The taste is awesome, the consistency is perfect, and the nutrition profile is spot on.

Taken from Pocketfuelnaturals.com 

PocketFuel Almond Butter blends are made from 100% natural, wholefood ingredients found in nuts, seeds and fruits. Each blend provides a natural energy boost which helps your body to thrive and reach its maximum potential.

Our blends are perfect for anyone with an active lifestyle who needs both physical and mental endurance to perform at peak levels on the playing field, in the workplace or in the classroom.

We package our Almond Butter blends in our eco-friendly flexible pouches for long term shelf life and reduced waste. These pouches hold 3 oz’s of goodness, and are 100% reusable featuring a resealable cap. Simply clean them, refill them, reuse them. Hopefully this will help to cut down on trash and save you cash.

These blends are packed with many important B-complex group of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates. These vitamins functions as co-factors for enzymes during cellular substrate metabolism.

They are also a rich source of minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, selenium and sodium. These electrolytes are absorbed efficiently into the bloodstream, speeding fluid to your cells to refuel, rehydrate and replenish your body. Quick absorption is essential for warding off fatigue, cooling the body and achieving peak performance.

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So far I have spread the PocketFuel on gluten free bread, over soy vegan ice cream, spread on an apple, on a spoon, and on celery (I told you I have a peanut/almond butter addiction). I have also added it to a smoothie and know it will come in handy on those ultra long training runs. To say I am excited about this product would be an understatement.

PocketFuel you are a new addition to my training and racing arsenal and I welcome you! Watch out endurance world! Powered by PocketFuel 🙂 Thanks!!!!!!