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Sports Drinks That Include Caffeine

April 28, 2012
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Question:  “I am a mountain biker who rides and races long-distance (24 hour races, 100-milers, etc).  My favorite and most trusted sports drink recently added caffeine to the mix.  50 mg in 3 scoops, which is approximately the amount I would use in 2 hours of a long-distance ride.  I’m afraid of the possible side effects...
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Loving the BITE: 10-Minute Thai Shrimp Curry

April 26, 2012
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Loving the BITE: 10-Minute Thai Shrimp Curry

What’s the best “fuel”  for training? It’s day-in and day-out healthy eating.  It’s what I call “Daily Nutrition” (as opposed to “Training Nutrition”).  Without a foundation of nutrients that fight oxidative stress, build our immune system, contribute to heart health, and fight disease, we’d be in no shape to ride hard.  In fact, if...
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What’s the deal with Nutella?

April 21, 2012
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We’re often asked about Nutella?  Is it good for Daily Nutrition, and for Training Nutrition.  Does it have a place? Here’s what our expert sports nutritionist, Kelli has to say: For TRAINING NUTRITION, it can have a place. As a high-carb food with mainly natural ingredients, you can use it with pre-training nutrition, during-training...
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Loving the BITE: Fresh Lemon Fuel Bars

April 19, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Fresh Lemon Fuel Bars

Another ride.  Same ol’ bar.  If your fuel on the bike is anything less than inspiring, it’s time to make a change.  This week, we’ve got a Lara Bar-ish knock-off that’s sure to refresh your taste buds, legs, and wallet.    It’s no-bake, easy to make, and uses only 5 whole-food ingredients.  And, this...
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Loving the BITE: Dark Chocolate Avocado RECOVERY Pudding

April 12, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Dark Chocolate Avocado RECOVERY Pudding

Avocado chocolate pudding?  Before you click the “dislike” button in your mind, hear me out.  In the world of foodie blogs, there’s recently been a lot of chatter, pinning, and reposting of Chocolate Pudding recipes made with avocados.  And yes, it’s delicious.  It’s whole-food, velvety smooth, super-chocolaty, relatively low sugar, and very easy to...
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Loving the BITE: Homemade Green Chili Sauce

April 5, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Homemade Green Chili Sauce

I grew up in the mountains of Southern Colorado, within 50 miles of the New Mexico border.  There are many things I loved about my childhood, and one of them is the smell of New Mexico Green Chilies.  I can still smell the aroma of chilies roasted at farmers markets and fairs, and peeled...
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Eating Beets

March 24, 2012
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Hi Kelli, I’d like to know if my love of beets is a good thing and it eating them is helping my cycling in any way? Kelli’s Answer: As a true SuperFood vegetable with a beautiful color, it’s hard to beat beets.  They can be intimidating, I know, but it looks like they aren’t...
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Loving the BITE: Dr. Lim’s Rice Cakes

March 22, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Dr. Lim’s Rice Cakes

I was recently asked to give my thoughts on Dr. Lim’s Rice Cakes.  Have you heard of them?  Dr. Allen Lim is the world-class physiologist who’s worked with many professional cycling teams, the US Cycling Team, and who has recently co-written a cookbook entitled The Feed Zone Cookbook.  During his career, he has created...
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Loving the BITE: Black Pepper Tenderloin

March 15, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Black Pepper Tenderloin

It’s been said that “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” If this is true, this week’s Loving the Bite key ingredient is super-sophisticated. It’s a very simple food that’s been around for thousands of years, and you almost definitely have in your kitchen right now. And yet, in all its simplicity, it promotes health by...
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Loving the BITE: Baked Beet Chips

March 1, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Baked Beet Chips

This week’s Loving the Bite recipe can’t be beat.  As a true SuperFood vegetable with a beautiful color, it’s hard to beat beets.  They can be intimidating, I know.  But, once you get used to adding them to salads, smoothies, and even snacking on them with our Recipe of the Week, you’ll find them...
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What Kind of Whey Protein is Best?

February 25, 2012
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We’ve had a few people writing in and asking what type of whey protein is best for them to add to smoothies, yogurt, and other foods. Are you an athlete that uses whey protein powder to add protein and nutrients to smoothies, yogurt, or other foods?  Whey protein is sold all over the place...
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Loving the BITE: A Double Shot of Sunflower Seed Recipes

February 23, 2012
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Loving the BITE: A Double Shot of Sunflower Seed Recipes

Recently, while at my favorite Japanese restaurant and eagerly awaiting my sushi order, I was introduced to a wonderful broiled tofu appetizer.  It was good. But, I’m not here to talk about tofu.  I’m here to get you to eat more sunflower seeds.  Why? They are an energy-packing, delicious whole-food that gives a cyclist...
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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.

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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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