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Nutrition: Sportsister Loves Huel
If you’ve read my Marathon Blog, you’ll know that I am currently testing out my nutrition for the London Marathon. I’m always interested in new ideas on how to stay fueled and avoid crashing and burning, but rarely find solutions that both taste good and work!
Up till this point, my favourite sports nutrition has been Nakd bars during the event and 33 Shake for recovery. But I think I may just have found something equally as good – it’s called Huel, and it’s designed to be a nutritionally complete powdered food.
Now generally I’m put off by this type of nutrition product, because I tend to associate it with those tubs of dodgy looking supplements that weight-lifters use or meal replacement shakes for dieters. Huel is a powder that is mixed with water, but it has a completely different approach. It’s neither diet solution, nor protein powder, but a nutritionally complete food that contains all the proteins, carbs, and fats you need, plus at 100% of the European Union’s “Daily Recommended Amounts” of all 26 essential vitamins and minerals.
I’m not a nutritionist, so I have to trust the credentials of it’s developer – James Collier BSc (Hons), RNutr. James has over 25 years of experience working in nutrition and dietetics, including 7 years as a Clinical Dietitian in the NHS. He also has an Honours Degree in Nutrition with Dietetics.
Huel is not designed specifically for sport, but this week I tried it after my 18 mile run. Having looked on the website forum I added some dissolved instant coffee for flavour, prepped it before I went and then drank it when I got home, and honestly, it worked incredibly well. I started sipping it slowly within minutes of finishing my run and took about 15-20 minutes to consume it all – it tasted good, was easy on my stomach and prevented me feeling ill from depletion.
For me, this works and importantly has given me the confidence to go further.
Find out more here: huel.com
Danielle Sellwood, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine