This is how I know it is spring:
Every year at this time these red things fall off of the tree onto the driveway. I don’t know what they are, but here is the tree:
We are lucky this tree is alive because a big part of it broke off during a storm this winter.
And our cherry tree is blossoming as well.
I had a nice run this morning, but it got hotter than I thought it would. By the end of my 8 mile run it was over 70 degrees! I ran the first 4 miles without carrying any water and started to feel a little bit bad in the third mile. I stopped back at my car to get my water bottle and took it with me for the last 4 miles.
When I got home a made a tofu scramble with some fresh mango on the side.
I tried a new product today – Vega Electrolyte Hydrator. I used to use Accelerade, but it has whey in it, and I want something vegan. The Vega product is sold in little individual packets at Whole Foods so I could try it out. The only thing I don’t like about it is the artificial sweetener (well it is stevia, which isn’t exactly artificial), I have never used those and never will, but I did today. But there is no perfect sports drink, they either have high fructose corn syrup, sugar, whey, artificial sweetener, or artificial coloring. I found a recipe to make my own sports drink, I have to give it a try.
These are the ingredients in the Vega product:
Natural pomegranate and raspberry flavors, citric acid, DL-malic acid, stevia extract, beet powder, silicon dioxide, plus a whole lot of vitamins and electrolytes. I can’t seem to get an actual ingredient list.
These are the ingredients in Accelerade:
Sucrose, whey protein concentrate, trehalose (Ascend), citric acid, natural flavor, fructose, lecithin, magnesium carbonate, salt, maltodextrin, monopotassium phosphate, ascorbic acid, vitamin E acetate, FD&C yellow 5, FD&C yellow 6.
These are the ingredients in Gatorade:
water, sugar, carbohydrates, electrolytes (110 mg sodium, 30 mg potassium, 93 mg chloride), high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, glucose, fructose, salt, sodium citrate, mono-potassium sulfate, modified food starch, red 40, glycerol ester of rosin to provide coloring, emulsifiers, etc.
Gatorade has some new products out, supposedly with more natural ingredients. I’ll have to check those out.
At the running store today I saw a product called Nuun, tablets that you mix with water which sounds like a great idea. But it has sorbitol in it, which is a sugar alcohol, and sugar alcohols can really mess with the digestive system, something you don’t want to have happen when you are on a long run.
Yes, I think I will have to make my own sports drink. What do you use?