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Gatorade G Series Pro 01 Prime Pre-Game Fuel Energy Drink

Gatorade G Series Pro 01 Prime Pre-Game Fuel Energy Drink

Gatorade G Series Pro 01 Prime Pre-Game Fuel Energy Drink

Endurance athletes, like distance cyclists, need to start their exercise routine with a full fuel tank, i.e., a good shot of carbohydrates. Gatorade G Series Pro 01 Prime Pre-Game Fuel is a mixture of both simple and complex carbohydrates, along with a shot of three B vitamins, that can help you get off on the right foot. The folks at Gatorade suggest you drink this product 15 minutes before you begin exercising.

The Gatorade G Series Pro 01 Prime Pre-Game Fuel comes in a 4-ounce flexible package and is only available in two flavors—lime and berry. Each package has 120 calories, 110mg of sodium, and 30g of carbohydrates. It also has 20% of the amount of three B vitamins you need each day (niacin, vitamin B6, and pantothenic acid). This product does not contain either caffeine or protein.

I have tried both flavors of this energy drink and prefer the lime flavor. It tastes a lot like regular Gatorade (what a shock), but it is both thicker and sweeter. Each 4-ounce serving of this drink will cost you around $2.29 at your local store, which is the same price that you will find on Amazon.com.

While I have nothing against Gatorade G Series Pro 01 Prime Pre-Game Fuel, I do believe there are better alternatives that are just as effective and certainly a lot cheaper. I would suggest you try an 8-ounce glass of Welch’s Grape Juice instead of the Gatorade. Eight ounces of Welch’s Grape Juice provides 140 calories, 38g of carbohydrates, 15mg of sodium, 120mg of potassium, and 1g of protein. It also gives you 120% of the DV of Vitamin C and a boatload of antioxidants. Given the choice between a small dose of B vitamins or a major serving of antioxidants, I’ll choose the antioxidants every time.

In my area a 64-ounce bottle of Welch’s Grape Juice retails for around $4 a bottle, which comes out to just .50¢ a serving. Not only is a glass of Welch’s Grape Juice a much more economical choice, but I think it tastes better too!

 

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Gorge Delights JustFruit Bars

During long rides on the country roads of southern Wisconsin I sometimes feel like I am carrying a small grocery store in my bike jersey. There are not many places to pick up food along the way and, since I am a Clydesdale, I burn around 1,000 calories an hour while cycling. On a four-hour ride I need to ingest around 1200 calories and I get easily bored with most prepackaged sports food. Last fall I found Gorge Delights JustFruit All Natural Fruit Snack Bars and these have added a bit of variety to my on-bike meals.

Gorge Delights JustFruit bars

Gorge Delights JustFruit Bars

While cycling I have found that the fewer ingredients in a food product the easier it is for me to digest. Some carbohydrate and protein bars have so many chemicals in them it would take a degree in chemistry just to understand what is inside. The JustFruit bars by George Delights not only taste great, but, as the box claims, they are “just fruit.” Their apple-blueberry bar has just three ingredients: apple puree, apple concentrate and blueberry concentrate. You are never going to confuse these bars with the sawdust-like flavor of a PowerBar.

These bars are perfect for cyclists! The apple-blueberry bar has just 90 calories and provides 22 grams of carbohydrates. They are also wheat, dairy, nut and gluten-free. The bars have a two-year shelf life and do not need to be refrigerated.

I have purchased eight boxes of these bars from Amazon.com and the price comes out to about $1.00 a bar. You really should try a box or two of these bars—I am certain you will enjoy them on your next long ride.

 

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