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Oct 20, 2016

A Review of Nutberg – Food in a Different Form

Nutberg is a natural, non-fussy, easy-to-carry, drinkable protein meal.

WRITTEN BY

Yogesh Kumar

We consumed it over four months after heavy exercises, mountain bike races, treks and as a regular meal.

I stumbled upon Nutberg when I was looking for some protein mixes and instantly felt like to give it a try. I am an amateur endurance athlete and like to train and travel a lot. I was quite happy with the quick shipping of the product (received it in three days from Czech Republic to New Delhi, India). I received 12 sachets of Nutberg and during the phase of its review, I travelled to remote places for work, went on a trek, did a lot a exhaustive training (as a daily routine), participated in a multi-stage mountain biking race and a trail running race. I kept Nutberg sachets saved for every race for quick recovery after the race. I didn’t take Nutberg every day but only when I felt it will be of great use and requirement. I wanted to test the product in every situation.

Nutberg is a drinkable vegan meal and comes with a shaker. A 109.5gms sachet of Nutberg has 29g of protein, 43g of carbohydrates and 25g of healthy fat that comes from the use of nuts in it. I could feel the distinct taste of nuts used in it which didn’t feel nice. Its taste has been kept neutral and hence, I could experiment with it in a lot of ways. I don’t like to use sugar in my post exercise meal. I’d prefer to go with a bland but healthy meal that can recover me as soon as possible for the next day’s workout.

Nutberg with all its ingredients. Photo Courtesy Tomas Sedlma
Nutberg with all its ingredients. Photo Courtesy Tomas Sedlma

I loved the Nutberg packet as it is (although an additional sachet of cane sugar comes with it). When I once returned from a single day race in September and had access to a blender at the hotel, I mixed half a banana and some dark chocolate syrup with the mix after some cool down and stretching. I felt great the next morning. May be it was just in my mind but Nutberg seemed to have done the work well. I also took Nutberg sachets during weekends after a long day’s workout and experimented with it in a different ways, sometimes mixing it with milk. But I kept such experiments limited as Nutberg already had a lot in it. It all depends upon the individual’s taste. The 29g protein in a sachet is a lot of protein in a sachet. I sometimes took it in two shifts with an hour gap. I carried Nutberg sachets with me when I went with my office colleagues on a National Geographic project to some remote locations in the North Indian Himalayas. We had to do long treks and were always on-the-go. Nutberg did quite a good job in satiating us and it was light and easy to use. It can be mixed in any bottle and is ready within a minute.

The shaker that came with it wasn’t really up to mark. It broke in my rucksack when I was traveling. Also, the rubber inside the cap of the bottle used to come out and had a hard time fixing it. However, the company has already worked on this problem and now the new bottle seems to be quiet sturdier.

I am always open to try new things. The real-food ingredients used in Nutberg can make any conscious eater fall for it. The Nutberg is a perfect ready-made blend of all the important micro-nutrients one needs in a day whether one exercises or not. It is a meal in itself with no GMOs or preservatives used in its making. I could do a lot more experiments with it had I ordered more sachets of it. Also, always pour it on water and not the other way around. It has a thick consistency. What I also wanted to try out is to make bars using Nutberg’s mix and using jaggery and chocolate as a base product which I could store during my long runs and cycling. There are various ways one can have a healthy product without compromising on the taste.

Using Nutberg during a hike. Photo Courtesy Tomas Sedlma
Using Nutberg during a hike. Photo Courtesy Tomas Sedlma

Talking about the downsides of the product, one could be its taste when used as it is on its own, but there are many ways to play around with it.  Also, its price is a bit on the higher side (3 Euros per sachet). It could be carried and used on special days like on a long-day trek, races, skiing, mountaineering, etc. and all you will need is a bottle to mix it.

This Czech Republic made product is shipped free worldwide.

Pros

Easy to use and carry, Good digestibility, Quick recovery, Gluten free

Cons

Price, Taste (depends upon the individual)

Specifications

Can be taken on-the-go and is easy to use.
High in protein and essential nutrients.
Helpful in recovery after heavy exercise.
Can be replaced as a meal.

Price

From 2.45 EUR (For European countries) per meal and 3.26 USD for rest of the world (Includes shipping).Buy it here.
Images © Tomas Sedlmaje

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Adventure Travel

Jul 31, 2018

Kayaking’s Elite Return to India at the Malabar River Festival

During the week of July 18th to 22nd, the Malabar River Festival returned to Kerala, India with one of the biggest cash prizes in whitewater kayaking in the world.

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WRITTEN BY

Brooke Hess

A $20,000 purse attracted some of the world’s best kayakers to the region for an epic week battling it out on some of India’s best whitewater.

The kayaking events at Malabar River Festival were held on the Kuttiyadi River, Chalippuzha River, and the Iruvajippuzha River, in South India on the Malabar Coast. The festival was founded and organized by Manik Taneja and Jacopo Nordera of GoodWave Adventures, the first whitewater kayaking school in South India.

Photo: Akash Sharma

“Look out for these guys in the future because there are some future stars there”

One of the goals of the festival is to promote whitewater kayaking in the state of Kerala and encourage locals to get into the sport. One of the event organizers, Vaijayanthi Bhat, feels that the festival plays a large part in promoting the sport within the community.  “The kayak community is building up through the Malabar Festival. Quite a few people are picking up kayaking… It starts with people watching the event and getting curious.  GoodWave Adventures are teaching the locals.”

Photo: Akash Sharma

Vaijayanthi is not lying when she says the kayak community is starting to build up.  In addition to the pro category, this year’s Malabar Festival hosted an intermediate competition specifically designed for local kayakers. The intermediate competition saw a huge turnout of 22 competitors in the men’s category and 9 competitors in the women’s category. Even the professional kayakers who traveled across the world to compete at the festival were impressed with the talent shown by the local kayakers. Mike Dawson of New Zealand, and the winner of the men’s pro competition had nothing but good things to say about the local kayakers. “I have so much respect for the local kayakers. I was stoked to see huge improvements from these guys since I met them in 2015. It was cool to see them ripping up the rivers and also just trying to hang out and ask as many questions about how to improve their paddling. It was awesome to watch them racing and making it through the rounds. Look out for these guys in the future because there are some future stars there.”

Photo: Akash Sharma

 

“It was awesome because you had such a great field of racers so you had to push it and be on your game without making a mistake”

Vaijayanthi says the festival has future goals of being named a world championship.  In order to do this, they have to attract world class kayakers to the event.  With names like Dane Jackson, Nouria Newman, Nicole Mansfield, Mike Dawson, and Gerd Serrasolses coming out for the pro competition, it already seems like they are doing a good job of working toward that goal! The pro competition was composed of four different kayaking events- boatercross, freestyle, slalom, and a superfinal race down a technical rapid. “The Finals of the extreme racing held on the Malabar Express was the favourite event for me. It was an epic rapid to race down. 90 seconds of continuous whitewater with a decent flow. It was awesome because you had such a great field of racers so you had to push it and be on your game without making a mistake.” says Dawson.

Photo: Akash Sharma

The impressive amount of prize money wasn’t the only thing that lured these big name kayakers to Kerala for the festival. Many of the kayakers have stayed in South India after the event ended to explore the rivers in the region. With numerous unexplored jungle rivers, the possibilities for exploratory kayaking are seemingly endless. Dawson knows the exploratory nature of the region well.  “I’ve been to the Malabar River Fest in 2015. I loved it then, and that’s why I’ve been so keen to come back. Kerala is an amazing region for kayaking. In the rainy season there is so much water, and because the state has tons of mountains close to the sea it means that there’s a lot of exploring and sections that are around. It’s a unique kind of paddling, with the rivers taking you through some really jungly inaccessible terrain. Looking forward to coming back to Kerala and also exploring the other regions of India in the future.”

 

For more information on the festival, visit: http://www.malabarfest.com/

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