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£0.30, fruit shops everywhere.
Good old-fashioned natural food and what all energy products are trying to recreate in their caffeine or carbohydrate pumped products. Combinations of carbohydrates and B vitamins in bananas give a huge energy boost. You can put yOur mind at rest that it won't send you bouncing off the walls on an energy overload — plus it's cheap, biodegradable and tasty! .0000
Smart Energizer Gel
£1.09, www.scienceinsport.com Completely functional and convenient, no need to chew at all and can be easily strapped to your arm when cycling. It's made with something they call ‘unique GO-Gel technology'. You simply squirt down the liquid in a functional manner — not dissimilar to
the way a car guzzles down petrol. The
gel is very sweet and pleasant tasting, similar to raspberry jelly but more quuidised. 0.000
The energy bar is disguised as a delicious caramel tray bake, but actually has the texture of styrofoam and the taste of one of those cheap banana sweets you bought as a kid. Although it claims to be the equivalent of about two whole portions of fruit
from your five a day, it is physically hard
to eat, meaning you burn off half the energy chewing the thing. .0
£1.99, www. energyshotorg
The shot, unlike others, is targeted at the average ofﬁce worker and aims to combat office skiving and Facebook fatigue to ensure a productive day . . . or perhaps just more Facebooking. Extremely strong tasting — like necking a shot of Calpol or that odd tasting mouthwash from the dentist. Despite the taste, it deﬁnitely gives you a mental kick and physical buzz. Which is the point I suppose. GO
Maxim Garbo Cake - Chocolate £7.33, www.dotbike.com
Yes, that's right — chocolate cake! It seems too good to be true, but this special is loaded with carbohydrate.
Although the process of baking is more
time consuming (it's designed to be made a day in advance and eaten two hours before exercise), it's a much tastier option. Spread nutella on it to make it more appetising, if that doesn’t defeat the purpose. see-
High5 Energy Bar £1.09, www.highfive.com Compared with other bars, High5 is a
more organic and natural product. With
natural derivatives, grains and fruit pieces, it looks and tastes similar to a ﬂapjack than most of the competition. Not only that, but it is actually quite pleasant to eat. Claiming to be 98 percent fat free and high in carbohydrate, the bar is small in size and not as heavy and unmanageable to eat as others. .0”
Record breaking round the world cyclist
Before a cycling expedition, I try and eat as much as possible and put on some reserves — basically, I try to get fat. So I eat a lot more than the average person, around five to six meals a day adding up to 6000 calories or more.
Breakfast is a few meals rolled into one: cereal, smoothie. scrambled eggs on wholemeal toast and green tea or coffee. This gives the right nutritious balance I need to look after my health and recovery of muscles when I'm cycling.
A mid-morning snack acts as a powerful boost of energy. Usually, an electrolyte drink to replace salts lost through sweat, a piece of fruit
and a yoghurt.
Lunch is soup and a large prawn pasta salad. If I’m a month before setting off I’ll put milk powder/butter in meals to pile on the calories. To keep me going, my mid-afternoon snack is usually a large egg salad
sandwich and a smoothie.
Supper is a grilled salmon steak with vegetables or garden salad topped off by a sticky toffee pudding for dessert. I Mark Beaumont is journeying across the Americas from Alaska to Argentina. His book, The Man Who Cycled the World is published by Bantam Press.
News to nibble on
m; 62:22 252222 =iiss ' I I'll! mun III Hotel Missoni on the corner of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and George IV Bridge is the first collaboration between the Italian fashion house and the Rezidor Hotel Group. The ﬁrst-ﬂoor La Cucina restaurant has a large sharing table, outside terrace and all-Italian wine list. Table settings and glassware comes from the Missoni homeware range. In the lobby of the hotel there’s a bar serving contemporary cocktails and snacks. 0131 220 6666, hotelmissoni.com
l “OBI ITALIAN influences in Glasgow where restaurateur Ferrier Richardson has opened Tuscan Square at 17 John Street in the Italian Centre. The menu covers Mediterranean classics as well as a few twists on contemporary Scottish from the old Eurasia cookbook. It's open seven days from noon and there's plenty of outdoor seating.
I man no you get the man who has everything? Sausages of course! Edinburgh brew masters Innis and Gunn have already teamed up with Broughton Street butchers Crombie’s to create a special pork sausage that contains lnnis and Gunn own 6.6%abv oak aged ale in it. And now they’re offering a free bottle of the good stuff if you buy four links in the run up to father’s day - on Sat 19 and Sun 20 Jun. For more info go to www.innisandgunn.com
I to calm“ the launch of Schweppes Russchian, a brand new drink mixer to be taken with vodka, Schweppes has enlisted the help of celebrated English product designer Michael Young to create a cool 14-piece bar set. For your chance to win the limited edition kit worth 2200 see our competition on page six.
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