Honey for Endurance Athletes
Endurance athletes know that food is fuel. Your nutrition impacts how well you perform and how long your energy lasts. It can mean making it to the summit, beating your marathon time or placing in a race. It can also mean losing steam and having sore muscles. Whether you’re on a backpacking trip or in a triathlon, having the right food is essential.
Athletes need a myriad of nutrients to fuel their performance and keep their bodies going. Carbs are the primary compound that muscles use as fuel. There are many different ways endurance athletes can get carbohydrates. And one of these ways is through honey.
The National Honey Board says “honey is a natural source of carbohydrates, providing 17 grams per tablespoon, which makes it ideal for your working muscles. Since carbohydrates are the primary fuel the body uses, honey can help maintain muscle glycogen, also known as stored carbohydrates, which gives athletes the boost they need when they need it most.”
You can get the natural carbohydrates from honey before, during or after training. It’s a perfect ingredient to add into your drinks, snacks, meals or just enjoy on its own. It also adds important vitamins, nutrients and enzymes to your diet, in addition to fueling your muscles. Swapping in honey for processed sugar is a great way to increase the nutrients in your diet while keeping your food sweet. Contrary to processed sugar, honey is completely natural and contains nutritional value. Honey has a low glycemic index, which means you won’t experience quick sugar crashes. Plus, it’s sweeter by nature, which means you can use less of it than processed sugar.
Try adding honey to your drinks and meals with our easy conversion tips found here.
On The Trail
Need to refuel mid-training, mid-race or mid-hike? Nature Nate’s honey packets make it easy and quick to get your honey sustenance. Made with paper packaging, they’re light and easy to open. Simply tear the top off, squeeze, and you’ve got a mouthful of delicious honey. They’re small enough to keep in your backpack or pocket without having to worry about added weight, but also less flimsy than plastic. There’s much less risk of accidentally littering on the trail or during the race.
Our convenient honey packets will keep you going while you’re out on the trail. Natural honey gives you the kick to keep running, biking or hiking. Plus, they’re a kid-approved snack for those little adventurers.
When you refuel with raw and unfiltered honey, you’re not ingesting any additives, chemicals or processed ingredients. You’re selecting fuel that is completely natural and totally real. Nature Nate’s honey is always 100% pure honey from trusted beekeepers. We maintain the highest testing standard to ensure that our honey is simply honey, nothing added, nothing taken away. Keeping a high pollen count, we can trace our delicious honey back to its floral source in North America. We only use honey that gets a clean read of the most common herbicides, pesticides and antibiotics. The honey also remains unpasteurized in order to keep the natural properties intact. This may mean you’ll experience some honey crystals in your bottle or packets, but know that that comes from 100% pure honey.
Not only is Nature Nate’s honey a great source of fuel for your athletic training and completely natural, it tastes delicious too! So the next morning run or weekend hike, make sure to bring your honey packets along to keep you going. We’re cheering for you!