Author Archive

Loving the BITE: Take Pre-Ride Nutrition to the Next Level

March 26, 2015
By
Loving the BITE: Take Pre-Ride Nutrition to the Next Level

We’ve covered Pre-Ride Nutrition a few times before. The carbs. The calories. The timing. The type of foods (easy to digest, and my preference, liquified into a smoothie). This week, we’re going to add in some advanced ingredients to take your pre-ride nutrition to the next level. I’ve mentioned each of them individual in past...
Read more »

Posted in Loving the "Bite" Recipes | No Comments »

Loving the BITE: The Great Beta-Alanine Buffer

March 19, 2015
By
Loving the BITE: The Great Beta-Alanine Buffer

There’s a lot of hype out there. And, despite all the hype over specific amino acids, vitamins, minerals, or other nutrients that will truly impact your ride or performance in a way that is actually worth the cost and effort of it, there are really very few that will deliver on the promise. In...
Read more »

Posted in Loving the "Bite" Recipes | No Comments »

Loving the BITE: Green Goddess for Cyclists

March 12, 2015
By
Loving the BITE: Green Goddess for Cyclists

Green Goddess for Cyclists. You read that right, but were talking about a delicious, healthful dressing; and not a beautiful oddly-pigmented Greek myth. Even so, stick with me, it will be worth it. Why take the time to make your own dressing when you could just buy it? It’s all about what you’ll gain...
Read more »

Posted in Cycling Nutrition, Loving the "Bite" Recipes | No Comments »

Loving the BITE: Delicious Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Smoothie

March 5, 2015
By
Loving the BITE: Delicious Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Smoothie

You may think this is just going too far.  It’s one thing to put turmeric in a curry sauce, but quite another to start adding it to a morning smoothie. Well, I dare you. There are oh-so-many reasons to add turmeric (and ginger) to just about everything. If you haven’t noticed, I do add...
Read more »

Posted in Loving the "Bite" Recipes | 4 Comments »

Loving the Bite: Should you be a Dairy-Free Cyclist?

February 26, 2015
By
Loving the Bite: Should you be a Dairy-Free Cyclist?

For many cyclists, there is an obvious answer to this question. Either you’re allergic, intolerant, feel great without it, or have ethical/religious reasons against consuming dairy. For you the answer is a resounding: Dairy-Free. For others, it be not be so clear-cut. You don’t seem to notice ill effects with it, but maybe you’d...
Read more »

Posted in Loving the "Bite" Recipes | 2 Comments »

Loving the BITE: Quick “Milk-Shake” for Advanced Recovery

February 19, 2015
By
Loving the BITE: Quick “Milk-Shake” for Advanced Recovery

When you think of cycling and training, do visions of health and fitness come to mind? Most likely they do, and for good reason.  Consistent exercise and training obviously offer many health benefits.  But for many cyclists, it also carries the risk of going too far, actually damaging muscles and cells, and causing fatigue...
Read more »

Posted in Loving the "Bite" Recipes | No Comments »

Loving the BITE: Anti-Leg-Cramp Smoothie

February 12, 2015
By
Loving the BITE: Anti-Leg-Cramp Smoothie

Recently, a reader and a former client contacted me to ask how to reduce their leg cramps. One was experiencing cramps ride after ride once he hit the 30 mile mark, and another was experiencing them in the middle of the night after riding, and occasionally on a random evening. Neither are any fun.  But, it...
Read more »

Posted in Cycling Nutrition, Loving the "Bite" Recipes | 1 Comment »

Loving the BITE: Fruit Strip Fuel

February 5, 2015
By
Loving the BITE: Fruit Strip Fuel

It’s no secret that I often shop outside the “sports nutrition” aisle when picking out training fuel.  Even if you don’t have the time or want to go for full-on homemade fuel, there are real food options for you. One of my current favorites is fruit strips. When I was growing up, they were not called “fruit...
Read more »

Posted in Loving the "Bite" Recipes | 2 Comments »

Loving the BITE: See and Be Seen

January 22, 2015
By
Loving the BITE:  See and Be Seen

A little over a month or so ago, I was asked to review a reflective vest for cycling in the dark. Since I’m often up long before the sun cycling, mountain biking, running or skiing, I thought this post would be a perfect fit…and, I hoped the vest would as well. When it comes...
Read more »

Posted in Loving the "Bite" Recipes, Product Reviews | No Comments »

Loving the BITE: Achy Winter Joints? Fight Back!

January 15, 2015
By
Loving the BITE: Achy Winter Joints? Fight Back!

If you’ve got sore, achy, or arthritic joints, cold weather brings out all the pain. Especially if you’re cycling through the pain this Winter, you can find relief by adding two very special spices to your diet: Ginger and Turmeric.  If you’re lucky enough to have pain-free joints, you’re in luck as well. Ginger and Turmeric...
Read more »

Posted in Loving the "Bite" Recipes | No Comments »

Loving the BITE: Souper Fuel for Cold-Weather Rides

January 8, 2015
By
Loving the BITE: Souper Fuel for Cold-Weather Rides

Just last week, I received an email from a Loving the Bike reader who wanted to know my opinion on using soup for fuel during an upcoming 24 hour race. My opinion is…yum! As I sit typing, snow is falling outside. I woke up early this morning for an frigid uphill ski, and I’m...
Read more »

Posted in Loving the "Bite" Recipes | 1 Comment »

Loving the BITE: 3 Deliciously Fresh Drinks to Usher in 2015

December 31, 2014
By
Loving the BITE: 3 Deliciously Fresh Drinks to Usher in 2015

There is much to look forward to at the beginning of a New Year.  In 2015, I anticipate new rides, old rides, new goals, new adventures, new and old friends and cycling buddies.  And today, we celebrate our new year with a traditional celebratory drink: champagne.  Here are 3 Delicious Coconut Water and Champagne cocktail...
Read more »

Posted in Loving the "Bite" Recipes | No Comments »

Sponsors

Featured on these top sites

Blog Partners

Cycling 360 Podcast

Causes

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.

Nutrition Tips