Friday, April 29, 2011

Rocket Fuel

The gym I went to up in Manchester, NH was next door to an asian market. I knew that coconut oil is about half Lauric Acid, which is an extremely digestible medium chain saturated fat which burns body fat as part of its metabolism, and the asian market had it in water bottles that looked like they were packed with crisco. I was desperate for more energy for workout, so a disgusting squirt in the mouth meant a shot of energy lasting about 45 minutes for weight lifting.

This evolved over time into what I call Rocket Fuel which I still use for workouts, both far more effective than coconut oil alone and much better tasting. Here's the recipe;
  • 4 whole dates
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • half a lemon of zest
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 24 grams powdered gunpowder tea

Start out by warming all ingredients to room temperature, especially the coconut oil which melts at around 25C (77F) to a clearish yellow liquid. Melting temp will depend on whether its refined or unrefined, use unrefined if you like coconut flavor but it shouldn't change the recipe otherwise.

Grind whole leaf green tea in a coffee blender and filter out any sticks/etc with a wire mesh. Blend the rest of the ingredients with a stick blender until consistent, then add powdered green tea. It'll be a spinach color and tastes like candy.

For a workout gel you can keep rocket fuel in this state or freeze it in an ice cube tray if you prefer it as solid candy. I wouldn't recommend taking more than a third of this a day, but should last a few days. It takes about 5 minutes for my heart to start racing and lasts anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour, its great for sprinting, weight lifting, and pilates.

I recently learned through Rugby practice that taking this with exercise before a night of heavy drinking eliminates hangovers completely. This is counter-intuitive considering sugar, coconut oil, and green tea should dehydrate if anything, so I'd like to get feedback on if this works for you.