We will frequently have chow bags ready for athletes at a chow station, and this is an important message: we ALWAYS use a coarsely ground pepper and not a fine pepper, because fine pepper actually can irritate the throat or create a sneezing or coughing episode.
But the healing powers of cracked pepper are so important to endurance athletes that we want to give you a couple of ideas so that you can add them into your everyday life and not just in Trail Driving.
Here are 10 of the best ideas for using cracked pepper:
1) Toss white ground pepper in fruity trail mix to give depth of flavor. The crunch of the other things and trail mix also hide coarse ground pepper.
2) Add to brewed tea to get a nice “bite” and drink on the route, and if you’re adding other nutritious benefits it will help the body absorb those too. Double win!
3) Pizza is delicious at any temperature and adding some into a rucksack is a nice change. Pepper will help keep burping to a minimum.
4) Morning salad is a real thing! Just twist some pepper on the top to get those nutrients working faster into the bloodstream and not burden the body trying to break down a heavy protein.
5) Sandwiches are always a delicious treat and adding cracked pepper as you would any condiment also hides the coarse grit.
6) Cracked pepper plays well with brown sugar, so it is a great extra dash to put into oatmeal clusters or homemade granola bars.
7) Molasses cookies have such a tasty buzz, and a little bit of cracked pepper will give a calming on the sweetness of the cookie and meld it with a darker, deeper taste.
8) Dehydrated meats and jerky are cosmic alliances with cracked pepper.
9) Oddly, black pepper goes great with strawberries! Add strawberries to a salad with a dash of pepper – that travels well!
10) Edamame is lovesick for cracked pepper, and that goes well as a snack on the trail.
Be sure to share with us any of your sacred pepper tricks for fueling yourself or other athletes.