Thunderbird Energetica and Overcoming Questionable Sports Nutrition

Thunderbird Bars!I know this is loooooong overdue, but better late than never. I need to share with y’all an amazing product that I have recently embraced in helping me overcome my most persistent less-than-ideal dietary habit: synthetic sports supplements. But, before we get into the bread and butter (fruit and nuts may be a more appropriate metaphor here, but we will get to that shortly) of this post, I feel that it is necessary for me to share a little bit more about myself and my routine.

Skinny Matthew at Grandmas

For those who know me well this will come as no surprise, but I sometimes have a hard time consuming enough energy and maintaining a healthy weight during periods of heavy training. For those who don’t, the fact that I am approaching 6’1, fluctuate between 150-155 pounds and 4.9-5.1% body fat (depending on the day of the week and my hydration) with a metabolism of a teenage jack rabbit (?) may give you a better idea of exactly what I am working with. Here is the best picture I could find of myself running Grandma’s Marathon in June 2012, my last major race. Please withhold judgment on my appearance because I am about 26.19 miles into running a 2:56 marathon.

Anyways, the considerations listed above and the fact that I exercise multiple times a day means that appropriately timing my energy intake is the best way to prepare my body for the stress I am about to place upon it as well as to help it adequately recover in time for the next effort. This means that what I do in between my anchor meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) is what can make or break a workout and, ultimately, my success. Enter the synthetic energy bars, gels and protein powders (Powerbar, Clif Shots, etc.) that I have become increasingly dependent upon to provide a quick and reliable source of easily digestible sugar to help top of my energy tank and the protein necessary to repair muscle damage.

However, as my nutritional knowledge and dietary philosophy develop, I have come to believe that engineered foods formulated from artificial substances that contain no real nutritional value have little or no place in a mindful and health promoting diet.

This puts me in quite the pickle. What food is readily available that I can eat in the hours leading up to and during grueling attempts at endurance greatness?

Well, somewhere along the way I was fortunate enough to have been introduced to a small purveyor of unbelievably pure and simple energy bars that are handmade from the finest and freshest whole foods that our earth, not some laboratory, has to offer.

Thunderbird Energetica energy bars are  “100% soy free, dairy free, gluten free, no added sugar” and provide “the same clean burning fuel humans have enjoyed over the last 10,000 years.” With all organic and ethically sourced ingredients like sweet potato, quinoa, dates, figs, almonds, cashews, and Hawaiian black lava salt, Thunderbird bars are nutritionally and morally sound with a taste that can only be described as epic (see bar specs below for the ENTIRE ingredient list for each bar in the Thunderbird stable). What more could a healthy  minded endurance enthusiast, weekend warrior or recreational athlete want from an energy bar?!

Personally, I’m partial to Cashew Fig Carrot and Cacao Hemp Walnut, but I celebrate the entire collection and you really can’t go wrong with any of the glorious flavors that Thunderbird presents. The only really difficult decision that has to be made is how many boxes you are gonna pick up (which are available at health food stores across the nation or can be conveniently purchased here).

The simple fact is that consuming the highest quality real foods is the best way to fuel the mind and body and Thunderbird Energetica makes that possible with a conveniently packaged and tasty source of greatness.

Thunderbird Bar SpecsImages courtesy of Thunderbird Energetica! Thanks, y’all. 


One Comment on “Thunderbird Energetica and Overcoming Questionable Sports Nutrition

  1. I know the stuff and can’t say that I’m a big fan. Not only isn’t it highly processed, its missing all the healthy fats that make nuts so good and nutritious. Not to mention the fact that it didnt sit very well in my stomach. However, I have a friend that swears by it and can’t go a day without sprinkling it on oatmeal or in a smoothie.

    Concerning your second question, I strongly believe that real foods are more beneficial than supplements, because of the complex relationship that the nutrients within foods have with one another. The vitamins and minerals all work together to improve their effect on health and wellness. If we isolate a specific nutrient from its natural network, its ability to perform is highly impaired and may even become detrimental. This is why you sometimes see studies that show people who take multivitamins have shorter life expectancies. So, in my opinion, real food is definitely better than supplements. But, who am I to say you should or shouldn’t consume protein powders. They are typically pretty tasty and can really amp up a smoothie. That being said, occasionally using protein powders probably wont hurt, but shouldnt be used as a replacement for the real thing.

    Hope that helps. Awesome question by the way!

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