Loving the BITE: Anti-nausea Food For Athletes

It happens to cyclists, runners, mountain bikers, and climbers alike.  Sometimes, while you’re out there, your stomach just isn’t right.  You feel nauseous and you’re not sure why.  Same pre-training fuel, same during the ride fuel.  Maybe it happens every time without fail, or just on long rides, or just in high heat.  While it’s best to figure out what the issue is in the first place, sometimes it’s difficult to nail down.  Today we’ll discuss a traditional anti-nausea food that works wonderfully as fuel before and while on the bike, and other strategies to make sure you can train well every time, without fear of a sour stomach.

Honey Candied Ginger

Recipe of the week: Honey Candied Ginger 

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ginger root
  • 1 cup organic honey
  • ~1/2 cup Coconut flour or coconut flakes

Instructions:

  1. Peel ginger.  A great tip is to simply use a spoon to peel it.  Ginger’s thin skin scrapes away easily with the edge of a spoon.
  2. Cut ginger into ¼” slices.
  3. Place 3 cups water in a pot.  Add ginger.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 35 minutes or until the ginger is tender.
  4. Transfer the ginger to a colander to drain.
  5. Return the ginger to the pot and add the honey. Set over medium-high heat and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently, until the honey is slightly darker and thicker, approximately 20 minutes.
  6. Transfer the ginger immediately to a colander and drain liquid into a bowl (save liquid as a wonderful sweetener for tea, yogurt, etc).
  7. Add coconut to ginger and shake to coat well.  Then, separate and spead individual pieces on oiled or non-stick cookie sheet.
  8. Once completely cool, store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Comments:

Candied ginger is simply good.  It tastes good, it’s refreshing, not too sweet, a nice treat.  Add in its amazing nutrients, and you’ve got a recipe for anti-nausea success.  What’s more the honey-carbs in this recipe contribute towards your carbohydrate goals per hour (60+ grams per hour on rides 90 minutes) and the coconut flake coating allows for a typically sticky food to be easy to handle while on the bike.  While some of the honey’s enzymes are destroyed with cooking, it’s fructose and glucose remain unharmed and provide relatively long-lasting energy (similar to maltodextrin) that makes for perfect cycling fuel.  If you’ve suffered from a sour stomach or nausea, it may really help.

If you’re looking for more options, here are other Anti-Nausea Strategies:

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