I was at the gym the other day and was looking at the food we had on hand. I love what we offer at our gym because it’s pretty simple to grab & go, and real food-based. However, I’m always in the camp of “can I make this myself?” I looked at the Fuel for Fire in the fridge, and thought “huh? I wonder if I could make this myself.” Turns out, yes, in fact, I can (and you can too).
I wanted to try it out because, while I love the brand and the product they have, I also love to make things for myself. It’s also much cheaper to make them for yourself if you pay some upfront costs for the reusable pouches.
Cost-effective Copycat Fuel for Fire
Anytime I eat and/or see food, I always wonder if I could recreate it and/or make it better. I feel like that’s a very cocky thing to admit. I’m not saying it to sound cocky, instead, it’s just a challenge I like to give myself. I love food and I love cooking, so it’s a hobby of mine.
The other day when I looked in the fridge, I saw the Fuel for Fire and looked to see what they were selling for. They go for $3/pop. That’s about average for what you can find something like this for. So I did the math and figured out what I could make something like this for, here’s what I came up with:
8 reusable pouches: $14.99 (only for 1st batch)
2 cups mashed sweet potatoes (@99 cents/lb): $0.99
2 cups applesauce (@~ $5/48 oz.): $1.65
2 scoops protein powder (@ $42 for 27 scoops ): $3.00
1/4 cup peanut powder (@$4.64/6.5 oz.): $1.25
1st batch: $3.65/pouch
2nd batch and beyond: $1.15/pouch
Now, I’m not saying you HAVE to make these yourself because there is something to say for convenience. I just want you to have the option should you want to make them yourself!
So many people on Instagram asked what I was making these for. No, this is not baby food. Sure you could probably feed this to your kids, but these are not meant for infants. Instead, these are meant for adults and teens for pre & post workout snacks.
I get asked all the time what people should eat pre & post workout. My usual response is “real food”. However, for those who are struggling to find food that is convenient and/or easily digestible, I have recommended Fuel for Fire. I still recommend the brand! However, if you want to make some for yourself during meal prep, here is your option to do so. I’m going to be freezing some of these to ensure that they can last in the freezer. If so, I’d recommend making a large batch all at once and then you have snacks for days!
For pre/post workout, you generally want easy to digest carbs & protein sources. This fits the bill and should be consumed in conjunction with real food in a meal prior to the snack pre-workout (1-2 hours prior) and/or after the snack for a meal within 1-2 hours post-workout.
Sweet Potato Apple DIY Protein Pouches
I had the pleasure of meeting the founder of Fuel for Fire at FNCE. He was awesome and I’m loving what the company is doing. Since I cannot digest banana well, he gave me their Sweet Potato Apple flavor to try. I compared the two and they are very similar in texture, however, the taste was a little different. The Fuel for Fire is a bit more citrusy and fresh and mine is a bit more mellow & peanut buttery.
I will be working on more flavors because I feel like I’m on to something for my athletes. Stay tuned and please let me know if you’ve tried these and enjoyed them! I had one today and I don’t love eating a lot pre-workout. I felt like I had a lot of energy and no digestive complaints, win-win.
Pro tip: add more water as needed to make the consistency thick but easy enough to eat! You can also try adding more protein powder, which will require more water!Print
Sweet Potato Apple DIY Protein Pouches
- 2 cups mashed sweet potato (from 1 large or 2 medium sweet potatoes)
- 2 cups applesauce
- 2 scoops (66g) protein powder of choice (I used Ascent Whey Protein Powder-chocolate)
- 1/2 cup peanut powder (I used PB2)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice, optional
- 6 reusable pouches
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high for 30 seconds or until uniformly mixed.
- Distribute evenly into pouches, seal and refrigerate up to 7 days or freeze until ready to consume.
To make your own mashed sweet potatoes: peel potatoes, wrap in damp paper towels and microwave for 6-8 minutes (flipping once)
- Serving Size: 6
This was my first go into a protein filled fruit & veggie pouch, I’m hoping to continue to try new flavors and combinations but would love your input:
What flavors are you hoping to see next?!
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Donna Martira says
Banana Cocoa or Coffee!