Sponser Oat Pack – concentrated energy out of oat. Oat flakes combined with roasted chufa earth almonds or caramel deliver energy. Oat flakes offer a long lasting repletion thanks to the soluble fibres which contain gel-forming properties.
Suitable as a tasty snack on bike tours, during walks or trekking tours, but also for work or in every days life.
Which meals are suitable for an ultra-run with self-catering?
The crucial question in «self-supported» ultra-competitions is always how self-sufficient and for how long you have to organize yourself. If it is only about 1 to 2 days, you can use «classic» sports food. It is formulated rich in carbohydrates and proteins, and is also extremely light and compact. «Light and compact» is basically everything that comes in dry form. In addition, the more fat a product/food contains, the higher the energy density.
Expect and plan for salt, protein and fat «hunger»
At events lasting several days, the high use of carbohydrate-rich sports food often leads to a hunger for salt, protein and fat. Normally at a stage where the body has already reduced the performance intensity (partly also from exhaustion) and can tolerate such food. At this stage, when the body has become hungry for fat, experience has shown that it can also tolerate such foods, including fatty ones. For this reason, fatty and long-durable foods are suitable for long endurance events, where typically high energy density at low weight, durability in the heat/cold and a rather low performance intensity are the limiting factors. For example, salami, dried meat, bacon, peanut butter, nuts, etc. These are also ideal from a convenience point of view, since a whole piece salami, wrapped in a clean and dry cloth, can be kept for more than a week without airtight packaging or refrigeration. In general, it makes sense to cover fat and protein needs with such high-energy and long-durable foods. Various ultra-sports events (for example Sahara Marathon, Race Across America, Idataho Race) prove that athletes successfully use foods such as peanut butter, nuts and the like without any problems.
Cover carbohydrate needs with sports food
Carbohydrates can be supplied ideally by sports nutrition. Sports drinks and compact sports bars offer advantages in terms of energy density over water and light, fluffy or crispy cereal bars. After all, also the volume that you have to carry around on your back is decisive. Other important parameters whey preparing your sports nutrition choice are variety, your individual gastrointestinal tolerance and satiation properties. For these reasons, taking also a few fibres is not entirely wrong.
Recommended SPONSER® products for ultra-running with self-supply
• ISOTONIC, COMPETITION® or LONG ENERGY sports drinks: The latter contains some protein, is hypotonic, but like the COMPETITION® very mildly flavoured. ISOTONIC (without protein), which tastes stronger and sweeter, is often perceived too intensively over a longer period of time.
• HIGH ENERGY BAR: very compressed, compact, «doughy» bars, therefore energy-rich and space-saving. To be worn on the body when cold, so that they remain chewable.
• OAT PACK: Oat bar with relatively high fat content. Somewhat fluffier, but due to the fat and the oat (beta-glucans) nevertheless energy-rich and very satiating. Contains nuts.
• ULTRA PRO in sachet with 1:1 ratio carbohydrate:protein as well as fat from coconut and olives. Preparation with water. This product constitutes as a «liquid solid food» so to speak.
Author: Remo Jutzeler
Head R&D SPONSER SPORT FOOD
Ing. Applied Food Sciences FH
MAS Nutrition & Health ETHZ
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Nutrition tips Swiss Epic
Which nutrition strategy is recommended for Swiss Epic?
On a multi-day event like the Swiss Epic, certain conditions that influence nutrition change almost daily. Factors such as weather, acclimatisation, training status, body weight and individual biological variability are too varied to permit universally binding nutritional recommendations. In addition, the diet must be adapted to the objective: Is it about winning or is it simply about comfortably finishing? And, last but not least, the general conditions and catering options on site must also be incorporated into the nutrition strategy. For these reasons, it is not possible to provide generally valid nutrition rules in quantity and order for the Swiss Epic mountain bike race or similar long-distance endurance events.
Of course, there are certain basic rules and measures that remain roughly the same. One conceivable nutrition strategy could be the following:
Before the start
• The two days before the competition: Carbo loading with CARBO LOADER, 4 x 1 portion per day each
• 3 to 4 hours before the start: POWER PORRIDGE, portion size according to your own feeling of satiety.
• Up to 1 hour before the start: LONG ENERGY sports drink and one / a few bites of HIGH ENERGY BAR, depending on the individual feeling of hunger and thirst, also depending on whether you are able to eat at all at this moment.
• Drink sufficiently, adapted to the situation and according to your feeling of thirst. Recommended drink is the mildly flavoured, acid-free LONG ENERGY sports drink.
• During competition it is recommended that you take some easily digestible solid food every 3 to 5 hours. However, this must be tested under similar conditions beforehand! For example, half a bar, but also a few bites of white bread or a ripe banana are useful to maintain gastrointestinal activity. To a certain extent, the ULTRA PRO drink can also be taken instead during long periods of endurance activities (1 sachet every 3 to 4 hours). This may already be sufficient for one-day events.
• For competitions lasting several days, something «solid» between the teeth is highly recommended, as solid food supports digestion. What and how much varies from person to person. A few easily digestible bites (white bread, banana, pretzels, energy bars, or similar) every few hours are enough, the rest can be taken in liquid form.
• If warm food (such as pasta, boiled potatoes, rice, etc.) is offered on site, make sure you try to use it. Also POWER PORRIDGE would be a valuable warm catering, if the possibility exists.
• Our OAT PACKs are recommended as very long satiating bars. These are based on oats and contain nuts, which increase the total energy content, but also puts a little more strain on the digestion. In contrast to the HIGH ENERGY BAR, OAT PACKs are also suitable for competitions in the cold because they are not as hard as the finely ground HIGH ENERGY BARs. However, the HIGH ENERGY BAR is the ideal solution for one-day competitions.
• If performance drops and/or tiredness occur, LIQUID ENERGY gels with caffeine are recommended (approx. ½ tube or 1 sachet, followed by some gulps of water or sports drink). An ampoule of ACTIVATOR with caffeine can also help in this situation; the caffeine's effect lasting about 2-4 hours.
• Especially during long competitions, the LIQUID ENERGY SALTY is very well received. This energy gel contains more salt and tastes sweet and salty, thereby offering a welcomed taste alternative.
• En route, it is important to estimate the situational needs correctly. In the case of cold/weakness, it is advisable to consume more carbohydrates in the form of gels or sports drinks. If stomach problems become noticeable, suitable solid food, oat bars or white bread should be eaten. Pure water is not recommended if diarrhoea occurs! In such a case it is advisable to eat and drink salty.
• Most important during very long events is keeping enough flexibility and listen to one's own desires. Experience has shown that even the most popular drinks/foods can quickly put you off if exertion lasts for several days.
• Furthermore, particularly with events lasting several days and high intake of (usually) carbohydrate-rich sports food, a sudden appetite for salt, protein and fat appears. This usually happens at a stage when the body has already reduced exercise intensity (partly from exhaustion) and can therefore tolerate such food. In this situation one can tolerate a lot of «normal» food in a reasonable amount: dried meat, sausages, chips, nuts, cheese or whatever else the organizer offers. However, fatty foods are of course unsuitable for daytime events and for strictly performance-oriented goals. During long exercise bouts and low intensities, however, one should and may listen to one's body desires, even if a food may be somewhat more difficult/slower to digest. Specific hunger for a certain food is usually a good indicator that it also can be tolerated.
Recovery after competition
• For occasions where you do not want to take too many different products with you, it is a good idea to use the ULTRA PRO as a regeneration drink. Also conceivable: LONG ENERGY Berry in double concentration (60-80 g + approx. 500 ml water). Like this, there is no need for additional recovery products. It is recommended to drink a portion within 30 minutes after finish arrival and possibly a second one, if there is no main meal within 90 minutes.
• On multi-day events, it makes sense to take another portion of CARBO LOADER or a portion of ULTRA PRO before going to bed in order to start the next day with energy stores refilled.
Rough nutrient dosage guideline
Approx. 60-80 grams per hour, during long-term endurance up to slightly more than 100 g/h can be absorbed and metabolised.
Depends on and varies strongly according to the situation, 0.4 to 1 litres per hour advised. Note: with drinking volume also the ingested energy content changes, which has to be considered with the intake of other energy sources accordingly.
Basically not necessary, but some studies point to an increase in performance and recovery if protein is already taken during performance. Approx. 20 g protein every 3 to 4 hours for events lasting 6 to 8 hours or longer. Ideal for this: ULTRA PRO or AMINO 12500. The ULTRA PRO drink can be considered an alternative to solid food, but must be prepared with water immediately before consumption and cannot be mixed several hours in advance. On shorter occasions it is easier to add/take some protein directly in the sports drink or swallow capsules/tablets such as AMINO EAC or BCAA.
Fat intake only plays a role at endurance duration beyond approx. 10 hours, when performance intensity is very low and fat can be digested. It can be neglected and should not intentionally used in a one-day event as it may quickly act negatively, if exercise intensity becomes too high.
Author: Remo Jutzeler
Head R&D SPONSER SPORT FOOD
Ing. Applied Food Sciences UAS
MAS Nutrition & Health ETHZ
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Trailrunner Mario Ortner has finished the Austrian Trailrun championships on the podium and is now preparing for the Mozart 100 Trailmarathon. We wanted to know from the SPONSER athlete what his diet looks like on a typical day of competition.
Before the start
In the course of my racing years I gained a lot of experience in nutrition. Meanwhile I know exactly what is good for me: The obligatory honey butter roll with orange juice is my breakfast about two hours before the start of the race. In the hour before the start I take either an Oat Pack bar in combination with the Sportdrink Competition in small amounts. A few minutes before the start there is a Muscle Relax Shot to support the muscle functions.
During the competition
During the race I regularly drink either Competition or Ultra Competition Sportdrink combined with BCAA Instant, depending on how long the load will be. I also regularly take Liquid Energy Gels and solid food in the form of the High Energy Satly+Nuts bar. But also the refreshment station is used in passing to maintain the variety of tastes.
After the competition
It is especially important to drink a lot quickly after the race in order to fill the electrolyte stores. After that there's a little something to eat, which I just wanted: Cakes, biscuits, melons, etc. In the course of the day you can enjoy something hearty as a reward: schnitzel, steak, Kaiserschmarrn...
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Nutrition in training camps
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Nutrition in a triathlon training camp: the best tips by Ruedi Wild
Pro triathlete Ruedi Wild has been a top athlete for over twenty years. On his way to countless national and international podiums as well as World and European Champion titles, the Swiss professional athlete has gained a lot of experience when it comes to perfect nutrition. Some of his insights gained and very personal tips for nutrition in the training camp:
One thing right at the front: training camps make it harder! So far I have never come back from the training camp easier, absolutely never. This, although it was not uncommon to have more than 40 hours per week. In my opinion and experience, the weight is generally much more dependent on the diet and its quality than on the amount of training. The training camp is for me not the time to lose weight, but to train optimally!
General nutrition in a training camp
In the training camp I pay attention to good, high-quality food despite high energy consumption. I prefer to eat unprocessed food such as vegetables, meat, salads and high-quality fats (e.g. olive oil, nuts). In addition, there is a higher proportion of carbohydrates in the form of rice or potatoes. Whenever possible, I do without the added sugar in the basic diet. I avoid all sweetened yoghurts, soft drinks, supposedly "healthy" fruit juices and desserts with a high sugar content. The same goes for canned fruits. They all have no effect on my satiation, but on the contrary: further hot hunger far beyond the required amount of energy and associated with it a worse recovery due to increased inflammatory markers in the blood, fatigue and a strongly fluctuating blood sugar level, which is either too high (fatigue) or low (hunger). For many years I had difficulties sleeping through due to my high sugar consumption. A sudden hunger pause at night was the rule rather than the exception. So I practically always had an "emergency snack" on my bedside table.
Not only in the training camp, but also in everyday life I pay attention to a sufficient Omega-3 fatty acid consumption. The many positive health effects have been scientifically confirmed for several years. I notice well that the hardenings in my musculature decrease immediately and lastingly. I personally am very happy with the new OMEGA-3 Plus from SPONSER®! A supplement with a neutral taste of its own, if you may say so for Omega 3. Finally I don't need to swallow tons of capsules anymore.
Travel means stress and also strains my immune system. Several times I became ill either on the outward or return journey and whereby the training camp effect evaporated immediately. The last days before departure are usually very stressful and everyday life is dominated by packing and all the pending things that have to be done at the last minute. On the return journey the body is stricken by the higher training volume. I made good experiences before and during the trip with higher protein consumption and IMMUNOGUARD from SPONSER® to strengthen my natural defences. Tip: When travelling, be sure to take disinfectants with you and use them regularly!
The quality of the food on the plane is usually not too high and the whole trip almost always takes longer than intended. Therefore, make sure you take precautions yourself! My most popular snacks and faithful companions on trips are the LOW CARB PROTEIN BARS. Tasty and with a lot of protein, but practically sugar-free and well satiating.
The more I train, the more specifically and better I have to recover in order to achieve the desired effect. In addition to a high-quality basic diet, I pay attention to a regular and sufficient protein intake. Especially during the days when I skip lunch because of the long bike ride, I make sure that I have a good and sufficient source of protein. Carbohydrates can be found practically everywhere, even with coffee and cake.
I therefore try to take at least one serving of 20-25g protein every four hours. In everyday nutrition I can usually cover this with the basic food. In the training camp, however, I do not manage this so easily, because I usually have lunch on the bike due to the higher training volumes. I prefer to take a high-quality protein bar (PROTEIN 36 BAR), in addition mostly amino acids (AMINO 12500, BCAA or ESSENTIAL AMINO COMPLEX), about every two hours on the bike. Back in the room I immediately consume a portion of protein in the form of a regeneration product. Mostly the PRO RECOVERY (if following a training) or the MULTI PROTEIN (without following a training) is used. Before going to bed it is also an ideal time to take the protein again, as the recovery phase runs at full speed overnight. The CASEIN (night protein) is used at home and without limitation by the luggage. MULTI PROTEIN (with a high casein content) is also an ideal solution for training camps. Mixed with milk, it is also a tasty dessert.
With the correct and regular consumption of protein, I feel a striking difference in my state of recovery during the training camp. In addition, I am less dependent on the protein sources at the buffet, which often do not meet my expectations from a qualitative point of view.
Situational energy supply
The training camp is not the right time to acquire the competition weight! Rather, it is in my foreground to get through the desired training workload well and successfully. This is only possible if I take good care of myself and recover.
Especially during long and hard training sessions I pay special attention to the food. I make hard units with sufficiently filled carbohydrate stores. In units of 3 hours and longer I always consume at least one protein source to protect my muscles from the energy deficit and the "self-cannibalization" (muscle breakdown). I adapt the energy in the form of carbohydrates to the intensity and the training intention. The higher the intensity, the more carbohydrates per hour. I also consciously make the loose units with reduced carbohydrate intake in order to optimize my fat metabolism. Nevertheless, I take in enough carbohydrates that I can complete the unit without compromises.
Buffet and snacks
In my younger years, I often avoided snacks between meals and went to the evening "battle" at the buffet with hot hunger. This is of course unfavourable for various reasons. On the one hand, the body was in a catabolic, degrading state with deteriorated regeneration for a longer time, on the other hand, I still ate much more energetically than intended at the end of the day. I went to bed exhausted and with a full stomach, only to wake up a few hours later with starvation.
Nutrition during long bike rides
During the long bike rides in the basic area I prefer to eat solid food. Especially the OAT PACK BAR and the HIGH ENERGY BAR SALTY NUTS are my favourites as tasty sources of carbohydrates. Because of all the sweating, water is not optimal over the long term, as important electrolytes such as sodium are washed out. That's why I always have a few ELECTROLYTE TABS in my bike bag with me, so that every water bottle can be easily and practically converted into a (energy- and sugar-free) sports drink when you refill it.
I mainly use carbohydrate- or energy-rich electrolyte drinks for more intensive units, as chewing is difficult here, or for particularly long trips. LONG ENERGY 10% is at the top of my list because it contains 10% protein in addition to the acid-free (and therefore tooth-friendly) carbohydrate solution.
Tiredness and mental support
With increasing training camp duration, fatigue inevitably increases more and more. My motivation correlates with this. So I always have a few ACTIVATOR caffeine ampoules in stock. These work wonders during long training days or during hard interval trainings. Low motivation can turn into training euphoria within minutes! I try to use ACTIVATOR in doses, because in the medium term it is important to follow the signals of the body.
My packing list for the training camp
• LOW CARB PROTEIN BARS: Travel and as a snack between meals
• PRO RECOVERY: Regeneration
• MULTI PROTEIN: Swiss protein powder. Increased protein requirement, regeneration, night protein
• PROTEIN 36 BAR: Protein snack during the day and the bike ride
• AMINO 12500, AMINO EAA, BCAA: protein requirement during exercise, recovery
• LONG ENERGY 10%: Energy drink for training
• ELECTROLYTE TABS: (practical) energy-free drink for increased electrolyte requirements
• OAT PACK BAR, HIGH ENERGY BAR: Tasty solid food and carbohydrate source
• ACTIVATOR: Extra motivation for hard and long training days
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Sports nutrition for young athletes
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Sports nutrition for young athletes
According to most people, sports foods are a no-go for children. Probably this attitude is based on the general impression of parents and non-athletes that they have of dietary supplements. These products are mostly perceived as unnatural, chemical and possibly doping substances or other - legal or illegal - pharmacologically active substances. And thus, at best, they are considered useless, but potentially even harmful to children. Sports nutrition is primarily about concentrated food and isolated nutrients as well as convenience and tolerance. It is a concept of (partial, supplementary) nutritional intake in a practical, convenient and well-tolerated form as part of a full daily routine with everyday constraints, in order to be able to carry out one's sporting activities as optimally as possible. In the first place, sports nutrition is not yet about performance-enhancing supplements or even pharmacologically active substances.
Growing children have increased energy and protein requirements
Considering the generally increased energy and protein requirements of growing children, it is obvious that children who engage in sports have an even higher (relative) requirement than adults. In addition, children are also more likely to be affected by nutritional deficiencies for obvious and known reasons: unhealthy food preferences, distraction and disinterest in a suitable diet in general and/or depending on the time of activity, and last but not least, rebellion against parental guidelines. For these reasons it is certainly appropriate to consider a possible supplementation of the diet with sports foods, but primarily in the area of energy and protein supply, not specific performance promotion. In addition, depending on the individual nutritional situation and specific needs (after clarification), micronutrients (e.g. vitamin D or calcium) may make sense.
In principle, basic nutritional recommendations for adult athletes can therefore apply equally to children and adolescents. This means, for example, the use of carbohydrate-electrolyte sports drinks during sporting activity for more than an hour, the intake of carbohydrate-protein shakes shortly after performance, or energy bars and other easily digestible, carbohydrate-containing snacks during the day, especially before energetically demanding workloads. Children are usually less consistently active in their sports, more easily distracted and therefore less focused on general nutritional requirements.
Watch out: Dental Health!
In the case of children and nutrition, however, one should certainly not ignore the topic of dental health. Sugars and acids are known to be bad for the teeth, but are also usually contained in carbohydrate-containing drinks and snacks. The most harmful is constant sipping and all too frequent sipping of carbohydrate- and acidic drinks, especially those containing fruit juice. Countermeasures can be the use of acid-free sports drinks or rinsing the mouth with water and the use of sugar-free chewing gum.
However, the unconditional use of other specific performance-enhancing supplements such as caffeine, creatine, beta-alanine or special nutritional strategies such as soda-loading must clearly be considered inappropriate for children, even though there may be no health risk at the usual recommended dosages. In principle, such supplements and measures are to be regarded as "top-of-the-pyramid", i.e. not suitable for adolescents and even less for children. As long as the technical abilities and physical performance factors are still in development and far from being exhausted, progress in performance will be achieved much more efficiently by promoting them. An uncritical use of supplements, or their potential effect, would be irrelevant.
General sports nutrition recommendations for children and adolescents
Thirst should always be the driver for drinking. However, you should keep an eye on children and help them to think about drinking. Because they tend to forget drinking in their sporting zeal or simply because of distraction and generally less self-control than adults. The best recommendation is acid-free sports drinks, wherever energy is needed. Otherwise, water or sugar-free effervescent powder/tablets are sufficient, depending on taste acceptance. Pure maltodextrin can also be added to self-brewed tea water as an energy supplement, preferably with a pinch of salt per liter. Our recommendations are: COMPETITION, ELECTROLYTES, MALTODEXTRIN 100.
In addition to sports drinks, many bars also serve as an easily digestible source of energy. They can be easily and conveniently taken anywhere, and consumed before, during and even after performance. Carbohydrate gels can also be used in this way to a certain extent. These should be reserved for intensive competition situations or acute energy shortages. SPONSER® offers various suitable bars: HIGH ENERGY BAR, CEREAL ENERGY PLUS and the sustainably satiating oat bar OAT PACK.
Healthy growth and bone health are central for children and adolescents and require sufficient protein in the diet. Rapid recovery after exercise also depends on protein and energy supply in order to optimally support protein synthesis. As a consequence, special attention should also be paid to the daily protein supply of children. One can follow the rule of thumb of 1.5-2.0 g protein per kg body weight daily. Preferably, one portion should contain 20-30 g of protein and be taken together with approx. 30-50 g of carbohydrates within one hour after demanding sporting activity. A rough guideline is to take 20-30 g protein every 3-5 hours. The content from normal meals can be comfortably supplemented either with pure protein drinks from SPONSER® such as WHEY ISOLATE 94 or combined with carbohydrates such as RECOVERY DRINK, RECOVERY SHAKE, PRO RECOVERY. Ready-to-drink products such as PROTEIN SMOOTHIES or bars like PROTEIN 34/36 are also suitable.
Targeted carboloading can be considered before competition situations with a pronounced long-term endurance character, or as a temporary measure in case of acute energy bottlenecks or increased energy requirements (training camps). This can also make sense in phases of growth spurts and with delayed weight development. The use of the CARBOLOADER 2-4 times a day during a defined period can help to cover an increased energy demand more easily than with a normal diet alone.
Hands off caffeine or creatine
Although recent findings have not in themselves raised safety concerns about caffeine in children per se, it seems inappropriate to use caffeine in children for the reasons outlined above. It is also clearly not recommended to use creatine in growing children. The increased strength could lead to muscular imbalances or even injuries if trained intensively, due to non-linear/parallel development of strength, muscles and supporting structures (bones, ligaments, cartilage).
As a final remark, it should be remembered that any nutritional measure is only as good as the actual implementation! It is more important to find and use measures and products that the person concerned is willing to use voluntarily and willingly than to stubbornly stick to fixed nutrient calculations and recommendations. If something is done only reluctantly, the implementation will fail sooner or later. It is important to find foods and sports nutrition that the person concerned likes and enjoys taking, so that they become part of the daily routine and are followed voluntarily. This also includes the selection of alternatives as a change of taste.
Author: Remo Jutzeler
Head R&D SPONSER SPORT FOOD
Ing. Applied Food Sciences UAS
MAS Nutrition & Health ETHZ
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