Are you a glucose fueled athlete? Do you use gel packs, but don’t like them? The Swim Genius dislikes them too! The Swim Genius has a sensitive tummy, and needs to keep that bodacious figure in check, for after swim photo opportunities. That dextrose hits the stomach, churns and bubbles, and then The Swim Genius is fighting gas, and stomach cramps. That’s fine if you are upright on a bike, or running, it’ll pass soon enough, but laid out in freestyle, not so much. The Swim Genius had similar situations happen with all of the carb powders, the corn derivatives bubble.
So what is The Swim Genius to do? The Swim Genius reports to the lab for some late night concocting, and eureka, a solution is found, using all of the simple household items you may already have!
Here is was came out of the lab: the base “gel” formula, gelatin, in the form of collagen, and for the vegan crowd, you can use pectin. The benefit of gelatin is it’s a protein formulation, that helps you to repair, and recover. Think about it, your joints, ligaments, tendons, fascia, ears, nose, skin are all reliant on collagen for repair, and elasticity. Yeah, you should have it in your diet, (unless vegan) so why not? Can’t think of a reason, unless vegan.
Ok, so what’s next, corn derivatives, starch, wax, and dextrose? Nope, been done, and they suck. Bubble guts so bad, the Bee Gee’s are singing back-up, and The Swim Genius is barely Staying Alive. Not groovy at all, not even a little bit. Let’s go with a good old fashion apple. Apple sauce, which will break down a bit slower as it’s bound in fiber, and apple juice for the quick jolt of energy. Does it upset The Swim Genius sensitive stomach, nope, ok, good to go!
If you read a package of good old fashion gelatin it’ll say; “Add 4 packets to 3 cups heated to boiling juice – 1 cup cold, stir until dissolved – refrigerate”.
This will give you a large supply of chewable consistency gels, and yield 4 cups. Please be aware, as they warm, they lose this consistency, and turn into a true gel, so packaging is a consideration.
The Swim Genius found that 4 cups is far too much to use in a training environment and the consistency is not ideal, so The Swim Genius cut the liquid down, increased the gelatin, and this worked well.
The Swim Genius recipe
1 - Cup Apple juice
1 - Cup Cinnamon apple sauce. “Cinnamon is a natural anti-inflammatory – easy bonus”
6 - Packages for Knox Gelatin / Pectin (Double for harder gels)
2 - Tablespoons of Chia seed – because endurance athletes love them.
This is The Swim Genius base… Heat juice and sauce until boiling, microwave works, add in gelatin, stir until dissolved, add in additional items as desired, refrigerate. Yields 2 cups – approximately 20 1x1 chewable cubes when cut.
Suggested add in’s
-Gas X – yep, The Swim Genius has done it – it works, cut the caplets and mix in, or tuck a caplet into the gel after it’s set.
-Carb powder, not for me but to each their own.
The beauty of this, it it’s literally create your own solution, that will suit your independent needs, and you no longer need to be reliant on gels that cause stomach irritation. The Swim Genius‘s favorite part is gelatin is a natural protein base, and it’s commonly the only protein that The Swim Genius take’s in on distance swims. The Swim Genius found that the recovery cycles for everything 10K+ has been much shorter than they once were, and the distance is more comfortable.
Of course, The Swim Genius looks fab in the after swim photo, you will too!
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