Looking for a great alternative to store bought chews to bring with you on your next run or bike ride? Want to get a natural kick as opposed to those store bought chews which are full or sugar and other nasty ingredients?
Try out our Strawberry Beet Blast Chews!
But first, lets talk a little about the strawberry advantages. Because I love to let you all know why I choose the ingredients I do! For the benefits of beets check out my article on beets here.
Strawberries are so good for us. They are packed with so many nutrients. So what can eating strawberries on a regular basis do for us?
- They help our short term memories
- High in fiber and low in calories
- Help burn stored fat
- Packed with antioxidants
- Reduce inflammation
- Reduce the risk of heart disease
- Can help reduce depression symptoms
There are actually many strawberry benefits for men and women. For starters, strawberries can help your stomach recover from too much drinking and taking too many anti-inflammatory drugs. They can also help with reducing blood pressure and are good for supporting healthy circulation. As well as being rich in antioxidants which will benefit the heart and arteries.
Strawberry During Pregnancy
We often get asked, ‘can I eat strawberry during pregnancy?’ The simple answer is yes! And not only can you eat a strawberry during pregnancy, but you should have many. They have so many health benefits for you and your child. They are a great snack option when you are craving something sweet. This just adds to the strawberry advantages.
But there are some things that you should keep an eye on if you choose to eat strawberry during pregnancy. Generally there are pesticides used on strawberries (like many fruits) so when ever possible, buy organic strawberries. Also keep an eye out for any changes on your skin as strawberries are actually one of the most common fruit allergies.
How to Make Your Own Energy Chews
Energy chews are an easily digestible, easy way to get some energy either before or during a workout or event. Energy chews are so easy to make and so easy to customize! To set the chews I have used agar in some recipes (a vegan option) or gelatin. These can be substituted in each recipe however depending on what you like or what fits in with your dietary requirements. Here are some of the differences:
Agar is a vegan friendly alternative to gelatin that has been popular in Asian cooking for hundreds of years. Agar comes from a seaweed and can be purchased as a powder or flakes to firm up your energy chews. It apparently helps to aid digestion, which is great prior to working out and is helpful for detoxing and even weight loss.
Gelatin is a protein derived from the collagen found in animals, which is used to thicken or solidify food products. Eating gelatin actually has a range of bonus health benefits apart from just making your chews set into convenient shapes. It’s good for your digestive system, skin and mental health.
Also for all the chew recipes I make I add Himalayan salt. Here’s why. Himalayan salt contains 84 essential minerals which in addition to sodium chloride include; potassium, calcium, zinc, magnesium, iodine that help to balance your electrolytes and help to improve your circulation.
I use a few different sweeteners for my chew recipes and here is a quick run down of some other sweeteners I use:
- Brown rice syrup is a sweetener derived from brown rice. It has a lower GI than many other sweeteners and is fructose free. It provides a more steady supply of energy than some other sweet options and therefore can be great to add into energy chews and gels.
- Turbinado sugar is a type of cane sugar that undergoes considerably less processing than other sweeteners and therefore retains more of the nutrients of cane juice. It also contains calcium and potassium and so is a more favorable option for an immediate energy boost that some other sweeteners.
- Coconut sugar & coconut nectar is made from the evaporated sap of the coconut palm. It provides a longer lasting energy release than some other sugars and has high levels of electrolytes, great for a pre-workout food. Its also easy to incorporate into all types of workout recipes including shakes, bars and chews especially in combination with other sweeteners such as brown rice syrup.
To make the chews:
- Simply add all the ingredients together into a saucepan and heat on medium heat until the mixture starts to boil.
- Leave the mix boiling stirring regularly for 2-3 minutes.
- Then take off the heat and pour into your choice of mold or a lined baking tray. I use small loaf silicon baking trays and then simply cut into cubes once set. I find the mixture never sticks to the silicon and so it’s easy to remove your chews from the mold once it sets.
- Leave the chews to set in the fridge for at least an hour or until they have the required texture. Then they are good to cut into the sizes you want and enjoy!
- Want to see the process on video? Check this one out where I make some of my favorite energy chews.
Strawberry Beet Blast Recipe
- 125g raw beets chopped up
- 100g strawberries
- 25g gelatin (3 tablespoons)
- 10g coconut oil
- 40g coconut sugar (1/4 cup)
- 2g Himalayan sea salt
One of the benefits of making your own is that you can cut the mix into cubes depending on how many calories you want per chew. I cut mine into about 16 pieces so around 26 calories per chew.
Macros For The Whole Mix – Calories 415.3, Carbohydrate 59.7, Sugar 53.2g, Protein 24.1g, Fat 10.5g
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