After a long race, sportive or training ride, you can help muscle recovery by taking on some protein. One way to do this is munch on a Multipower Fit Protein Flapjack – and it's a very tasty option indeed.
Each 70g bar contains 18g of protein, along with 33g of carbohydrate and 7.7g of fat - of which 1.4 is saturated. The main ingredients include oats, milk protein, glucose syrup and vegetable oils, and there are two topping varieties: Chocolate or Yoghurt. The Yoghurt Topping bar also contains cranberry.
Multipower is well-known in gyms and weight-rooms for range of body-building powders and potions, but several endurance products are also available - including the Multicarbo Hi-Energy Bar.
This energy drink from Multipower is called Multicarbo firstly because it contains lots of carbohydrate (every 100g contains about 89g of the stuff) and also because it contains two types of carbohydrate: glucose and fructose.
Why two types? Because, while many energy drinks are based on glucose alone, some nutritional studies show that a glucose-fructose mix is a more effective source of energy. Here's why:
The Multipower brand is perhaps better known in the world of body-building than among speed and endurance sports, but alongside the jars of muscle-enhancing powder, various carb-based energy products are on offer, including this Multicarbo Hi-Energy Jelly.
As the name implies, it's a jelly, not a gel, and if you dislike the liquidy nature of most energy gels, you might prefer chewing on this stuff. It has a firm consistency - like the gelatine blocks you make kids' party jelly from.
Multipower's Multicarbo Energy Gel distinguishes itself from other gels by its low sugar content and use of a maltodextrin/fructose combination. This combo has been shown to increase the amount of carbs that the body can absorb in a given amount of time. Nutritionally, each 40g gel provides you with 104kcal and 26g of carbs, of which 10g is sugar. In addition, Multipower have included some electrolytes which should help with hydration over the course of a ride or race.
The Mutlipower Multicarbo Energy+Fruit bar differs from the vast majority of energy bars in that it's based on fruit instead of oats. Each 50g bar contains 34g of carbs, mainly derived from dextrose and maltodextrin, as well as 7g of protein. Studies have shown that ingesting protein as well as carbs during exercise improves performance for longer, endurance efforts. As such, the Energy+Fruit could be your best friend in a sportive.
This drink is designed to recharge your muscles both during and after exercise, giving you 167 calories of energy in a 500ml mix (a standard water bottle), including nearly 30g of carbs. You also get 6g of protein, so it’s a 5:1 carbs: protein mix, give or take. That’s enough stats.