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NUTRITION BARBECUES DIY 


bars have varying nutritional roles and work in different ways in the body. We know, too, that the more natural the food that is in our diet the better, but that natural ingredients can be thin on the ground in some commercial bars. This is why home- made snacks are a great way to ensure you have nutritious


32 Our nutrition expert Joel Enoch offers some guiding principles for making your own energy snacks… SNACKS


When we’re hungry between meals, in a hurry to get to training or peckish aſter a dip, it’s tempting to unwrap a commercial ‘energy bar’. We’ve reviewed these in the past – some are very good and do the job they’re supposed to, but what if you prefer to do it yourself? How do you know what ingredients to include? The term ‘energy bar’ covers a wide range of food items whose only similarity to one other is oſten no more than a rectangularish shape. The term ‘energy’ is also misleading, as this implies it will give you a boost, but as most of you will know, any food that gives a perceivable boost is probably also going to result in a sugar low sometime later, which is less than ideal. Instead of this generic title, we need to understand that these


ingredients, as well as being able to tailor the right snack for the job. Remember, you don’t have to confine yourself to making bars; it’s also possible to drop a few ingredients into a plastic bag and eat them directly. There are as many as five different types of bar applicable to the open water swimmer depending on what function you’re aſter. We’ve looked at the underlying principles for each type and suggested some suitable snack ingredients for each.


SUSTAINING METABOLISM SNACKS Snacking is something that we’ve only done in the last few decades, and has been blamed for the rise in obesity as we have started to supplement our three meals a day with morning, aſternoon and evening snacks. Oſten these ‘treats’ are processed and filled with sugar, giving us energy highs and lows which make us want to snack even more, while encouraging our bodies to burn less fat and store more of this useless energy. However, instead of snacking,


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