Kelli

We are so happy to have Kelli Jennings as part of our Loving the Bike Team.  She is our nutrition guru and responsible for the majority of our weekly nutrition tips.  You’ll also find a few regular posts by her as well, including a great one on Daily Nutrition vs Training Nutrition.

Kelli is a Registered Dietitian with a passion for healthy eating, wellness, & sports nutrition. She is an avid athlete herself, and has become a leader and expert in the field of Sports Nutrition for endurance athletes. Her journey started with graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Dietetics, earning a residency at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC, and accepting a position from George Washington University Hospital as a clinical dietitian specilizing in cardiac disease, neurology, neonates, and diabetes. From there, she began a private practice to focus on preventative nutrition, wellness and endurance sports (Apex Nutrition).

While living in the mountain sport mecca of Crested Butte, Colorado, she quickly become a competitve athlete in endurance sports and began fine-tuning her expertise to help herself and other excel in health and performance. She has studied and worked in a variety of nutrition areas and is accredited by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

Outside of work, Kelli loves living with her husband and 2 boys in Colorado where she spends her free time backcountry skiing, mountaineering, cycling, cooking, reading and mountain biking. She’s often found in the midst of her own long distance mountain bike adventure and occasionally competing in a race like the Crested Butte Classic (’09 2nd place female finisher, 19th place overall). Or, just pulling her kids up a nice road climb in their Chariot. With a love of all things mountain, she spends a lot of time in the backcountry and has climbed all 54 summits of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks (including 8 snow climb/ski desents). These activities give her plenty of challenge and balance with the added bonus of an opportunity to perfect endurance sports nutrition plans and sports nutrition recipes.

  • Dave

    Kelli,
    I’ve been gobbling up Cycling 360 podcasts, like crazy and I really enjoy the segments that have you talking about nutrition. I’m a novice cyclist with big ideas, but very little time and structure. (I have a wife, 3 sons, FT job, etc…no pity party though!) So my question for you is this:
    How should I eat/drink for recovery after a hard ride on the rollers when it is 9:30 – 10 PM?
    This is the only “reliable” time I have to ride with any intensity and duration. I’ve read some of your posts about not eating late at night…but I want my efforts on the bike to be rewarded with better fitness, so I need a little help.

    Thanks!

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Sugar Alternatives for Energy and Hydration

Question: I am using the homebrew sugar formulations (sometimes added to green tea).  I am also trying to wean myself off 1/2 dose adrenalean “lip tonic delivery system” (biorhythm brand- caffeine, hoodia g, synephrine, yohimbe) capsule for energy.

My question is other than juice, can you suggest modifications in lieu of table sugar for energy and hydration.

Answer:

Both raw/organic honey or agave can work great in the homebrew (substitute in the same quantities for the sugar, or to taste), but you do have to shake well in order to make sure they don’t settle out.  Have you tried either of these?  Also, make sure to use at least the minimum amount of salt recommended in the homebrew as the temps rise, you need the sodium replacement if you’re sweating.

Sports Drink Homebrew

Please send us your questions for our Expert Sports Nutritionist, Kelli Jennings to “Ask the Sports Nutritionist“. Kelli Jennings is a Registered Dietitian with a passion for healthy eating, wellness, & sports nutrition. For more information go to www.apexnutritionllc.com.

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