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Loving the BITE: Make Your Own Sports Drinks

July 26, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Make Your Own Sports Drinks

The art of drinking the right thing at the right time on the bike can take years of practice.  We’re gonna speed that up for you.  Really, it’s simple.  It simply depends on 3 factors: Your primary goal: Are you riding mostly for health and weight loss OR for cycling performance?  This can become...
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Loving the BITE: On-the-Ride Bacon Rice Burrito

July 19, 2012
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Loving the BITE: On-the-Ride Bacon Rice Burrito

If you’re one of the many athletes tired of gels, chews, and overly sugary sports foods, you’re gonna love this week’s Loving the Bite recipe.  Personally, as a long-distance mountain biker, I use a combination of both “sports foods” (gels & bars, mostly) and real food.  For any ride longer than 5 hours, I...
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Loving the BITE: The Cyclists’ Guide to Fish Oil

July 12, 2012
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Loving the BITE: The Cyclists’ Guide to Fish Oil

It’s rare that I recommend a supplement to most all my clients without hesitation.  However, when it comes to fish oil, I recommend it to almost 100% of them.  In fact, I recommend eating fish high in docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) AND supplementing with high-quality fish oil supplements (not either or). ...
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Loving the BITE: 3 Recipes for Coffee Addicted Cyclists

July 5, 2012
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Loving the BITE: 3 Recipes for Coffee Addicted Cyclists

After a late night of celebrating independence with a fantastic fireworks show, you may just need a cup of coffee to get you going this morning.  Or, if you’re like me, you may enjoy a cup every morning.  And, if you’re like me, you may also add a little something to it for flavor. ...
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Loving the BITE: Nutritious Coconut Milk Ice Cream

June 28, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Nutritious Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Just in time for the 4th of July, and triple digit heat, we’re gonna cool down after hot rides with some whole-food, high nutrition “ice cream.” There are a whole lotta options this week, so pick your favorites, sit back, relax, and let the healthy fats, antioxidants, and real food nutrients replenish you. Recipe...
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Loving the BITE: Lemon Curd for Pre and Post Training Fuel

June 21, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Lemon Curd for Pre and Post Training Fuel

Father’s Day means one thing in our house: Lemon Curd…(happy belated Father’s Day to all you dads out there, by the way!).  Why?  Simply because my wicked-awesome-mountain-biking husband loves it.  So this year while making extra batches, the thought crossed my mind: Could I make it better?  More nourishing, and yet still tasty?  Appropriate...
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Does Clear Pee Mean You’re Well Hydrated?

June 16, 2012
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Nutrition Question: I’ve always heard that clear pee, and peeing in general, are good signs of being well hydrated.  After a strenuous ride, can I use this test to judge adequate fluid and electrolyte intake? Kelli’s Answer:  Yes and no.  First, clear pee is a good sign that you’ve hydrated well.  And, it’s good...
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Loving the BITE: Pesto for the Big Ride or Recovery

June 14, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Pesto for the Big Ride or Recovery

Who here wants to reduce fatigue and inflammation, optimize blood flow, and stay healthy this season?  Yes, please.  And, who wants some pesto?  Yes, pretty please.  Well, it must be your lucky day, because here at Loving the Bike, we’re about to make it all happen. Recipe of the week: Simple Fresh Basil Pesto...
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How to Avoid Bonking

June 9, 2012
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Nutrition Question: I’m often asked how to avoid “bonking” on long rides, runs, and especially, races.  After all the preparation, no one wants to end up in the fetal position on the side of the trail or road.  Many athletes feel that they have their nutrition dialed in, but still fear the notorious bonk...
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Loving the BITE: Fresh Chocolaty Orange Fuel Bars

June 7, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Fresh Chocolaty Orange Fuel Bars

Back by popular demand, another homemade, real-food, training fuel bar.  We received so much positive feedback from the fresh lemon bar that we thought we’d do it again.  In fact, I have to personally add to the positive feedback (yes, to myself, thank you), as I’ve been loving the lemon bars on my recent...
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Loving the BITE: Attune Foods Probiotic Smoothie (Dairy-Free)

May 31, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Attune Foods Probiotic Smoothie (Dairy-Free)

This week, Kelli brings you a fantastic recipe that includes the Dark Chocolate Probiotic Bar from our friends a Attune Foods.  I’m a big fan of this company for many reasons, and one of them is because they use “simple, pure ingredients that help you feel your best every day”.  Attune (and their Uncle...
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Pre-Ride Nutrition Advice for Diabetics

May 26, 2012
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Question:  I’m a T2 diabetic and I’m wondering what the best food is to start the day before a big ride.  I’m doing a few centuries next month for the Aids ride and I need the energy without spiking or crashing.  Oatmeal and honey spike me like crazy. Kelli’s Answer:  With Type 2 Diabetes,...
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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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