We were 19 miles into a strenuous uphill bike ride when I pulled out a burrito. We’d been riding for over an hour, with another hour to go and it was time for some fuel. My friends were tucking into nondescript energy bars. “What are you eating?” They asked me. “A burrito,” I answered in between bites of spicy cheese and bean. “Is that your food of choice when riding?” Mike asked me. “It is now,” I answered.
Now before you get the wrong idea, I was not eating a super-sized giant Chipotle-type burrito. Nor was I eating a 7-11-style frozen burrito. While my burrito had started the day frozen, it was made of natural and organic ingredients and weighed in at a petite three ounces. My EVOL bean and cheddar mini-burrito contained 190 calories, 7 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, and 32 grams of carbs.
Compared to my favorite energy bar, it stacks up pretty well, but it tastes so much better. First of all, the burritos aren’t sweet. They are savory, not too spicy, not to salty, but they taste like real food. I think that’s because they are real food.
Earlier this year, I wrote a post about a throwback, old-timey bike race from Grand Junction, Colorado to Glenwood Springs, Colorado. On this ride, participants received points for authenticity — authentic old bikes, authentic costumes and authentic snacks, for example apples and walnuts. This got me to thinking. Why, when I go skiing or riding or hiking, do I fill my pockets with sweet processed food? Why not apples and walnuts? Why not a burrito?
Last year, my boys went to freestyle ski camp at Woodward at Copper. They were introduced to EVOL burritos at camp and came home raving. That got us thinking of these burritos in terms of ski food. Put a frozen burrito in your pocket or Camelbak, nuke it at lunch and enjoy.
Sounds good to me.
Where to Get ‘Em…
You can find EVOL burritos (minis and classics — that means bigger), as well as EVOL pizzas, flatbreads, bowls and wraps in the freezer of your favorite supermarket. While I’ve only tried the minis, I’m sure the rest of their food is delicious — I just wouldn’t try biking with a pizza.
My boys tried EVOL burritos way back in the summer of 2010, but I didn’t get on board until EVOL sent me some minis to try. EVOL did not request that I review their product or write about it. I chose to write this post, all on my own, because I think their burritos rock.
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