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Loving the BITE: Almond Butter Smoothie

May 5, 2011
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Loving the BITE: Almond Butter Smoothie

Wanna improve as a cyclist?  You can gain an edge if you consistently consume a recovery meal or snack.  To recover well after a hard ride, you simply must use fluids, carbs, and protein to replenish hydration and glycogen stores while reducing muscle wasting and damage from free radicals.  Sound tough?  It can be. ...
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Loving the BITE: Curry Coconut Shrimp

April 28, 2011
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Loving the BITE: Curry Coconut Shrimp

You’re never too old to learn something new.  Although I have been trained, and you have likely been taught, to avoid saturated fats as much as possible, I believe we’ve all been a little misled.  During the last 15 months, I stripped my education down to the bare bones to study metabolism, fat loss,...
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Loving the BITE: My KIND of Bar

April 21, 2011
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Loving the BITE: My KIND of Bar

Ever need an on-the-go quick snack or mini-meal?  Something you can feel good about eating?  Me too.  A month or so ago, Jenn Sutherland posted an awesome recipe for a homemade LARA bar over at Loving the Run (it’s great, make sure to check it out if you haven’t already). While I believe many...
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Soy Protein

April 16, 2011
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Soy Protein Question: I have recently undertaken a goal to get in shape by cycling. I am suplimenting my nightly rides of 5-10 miles with a diet and counting calories. Recently I have been discussing protein bars and shakes and the topic of “soy” protein came up. Some comrades of mine claim that soy...
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Loving the BITE: Seared Tuna Steaks

April 14, 2011
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Loving the BITE: Seared Tuna Steaks

Fishing around for something to eat tonight?  Loving the Bike’s got you covered.  Why not soothe your cells, strengthen your heart, and even keep your wits about you with a little tuna?   You don’t have to go out to your favorite Japanese restaurant for this yummy dish.  Instead, just gather a few healthy...
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Loving the BITE: High Polyphenol Dark Chocolate

April 7, 2011
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Loving the BITE: High Polyphenol Dark Chocolate

I must have missed the day of dietitian-school when we gave up our sweet tooth (teeth) and pledged to forever consider an apple as a decadent dessert.   Every day, I have a small treat.  And, I recommend that most of my clients do as well.  A cyclist’s gotta eat, right?  But take note,...
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Loving the BITE: Ginger Berry Green Tea

March 31, 2011
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Loving the BITE: Ginger Berry Green Tea

Day in and day out, are you hydrated?  Do you get enough fluid?  Or, are you one of the many adults, and even adult athletes, who operate in a chronic mode of dehydration?  It doesn’t take much to get behind the ball.  We’ve all been there on a ride – out of fluid and...
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One Best Food

March 26, 2011
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One Best Food Question: Due to work commitments and a varying shift pattern I find it difficult to stick to a strict diet and regime.  I eat healthily, have a varied diet and am fortunate to have a very good cook as a partner but what one thing should I try to eat more...
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Loving the BITE: Cashew-Encrusted Chicken

March 24, 2011
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Loving the BITE: Cashew-Encrusted Chicken

Bored with the same-old out-of-new-ideas dinner?  Let’s liven it up with a meal that’s company-worthy, compliments-guaranteed, and a change of pace from the usual grilled chicken.  Even better, it’s sure to benefit your heart, your arteries, your lungs, and your energy production – basically everything you need besides a bamboo bike to ride better, right...
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C-Store Snacks

March 19, 2011
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C-Store Snacks Question: There are times when I find myself out on a longer ride than I had planned, but I’m ill prepared with something to eat (I need to plan better). Sometimes the only place to grab a bite is at a c-store. Do you have any recommendations as to the best c-store...
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Loving the BITE: St Patrick’s Day Special

March 17, 2011
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Loving the BITE: St Patrick’s Day Special

Loving the BITE: Irish Stew with Ale I have been told that more than a few LTB readers are beer drinkers.  And, although there’s often confusion regarding the health benefits and detriments of alcohol, I’ll be happy to set the record straight: moderate amounts, defined as 1-6 oz. glass of wine, 1-12 oz. glass...
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Loving the BITE: High-Probiotic Yogurt

March 10, 2011
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Loving the BITE: High-Probiotic Yogurt

What can you get with $60?  Turns out, in the healthy food world, not much.  A few years back, I calculated how much of my grocery budget I spent on yogurt.  Since my husband, I, and both my boys eat it every day, we were nearing $2.00 per day – $60.00 per month!  On...
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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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