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Loving the Bite: Protein Bars Exposed (again)

January 9, 2014
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Loving the Bite: Protein Bars Exposed (again)

Sure, a “protein bar” can be a good option for recovery after a hard ride, but do they make for good snacks?  As more and more athletes opt for protein bars and energy bars as part of their everyday food choices, it’s important to determine which, if any, works as a healthy snack.  You...
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Loving the BITE: Beet the Bloat Smoothie

December 26, 2013
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Loving the BITE: Beet the Bloat Smoothie

Feeling stuffed in the midst of Holiday celebrations? I’ve got another antidote for you.  Last year I introduced a junk food anti-venom smoothie, and highlighted the power of celery to reduce water retention often brought on by too many sweets and salty foods. Often times, while some weight gain during the Holidays may be...
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Loving the BITE: Obtain Your Goal Strength:Weight (Plus APEX Giveaway)

December 19, 2013
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Loving the BITE: Obtain Your Goal Strength:Weight (Plus APEX Giveaway)

Here’s your chance to achieve success with your strength to weight ratio goals, and improve your cycling performance. It’s been said that a goal without a plan is just a wish.  Last year, during the “off-season,” and throughout the year in my posts, I’ve provided tips for eating healthy, fueling yourself well on the...
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Loving the BITE: Vitamin D and More to Shed the Winter Blues

December 12, 2013
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Loving the BITE: Vitamin D and More to Shed the Winter Blues

As we head further into Winter, many athletes feel the drag of the Winter Blues. Why? While there’s not any one conclusive cause, there are many contributing factors that can bring you down when the days are short and the weather is cold. A few include less vitamin D production, more darkness during your...
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Loving the BITE: Gifts you can Give from the Loving the Bite Kitchen

December 5, 2013
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Loving the BITE: Gifts you can Give from the Loving the Bite Kitchen

If you’re looking for a unique, healthful, and thoughtful gift idea for a cyclist friend (or really for anyone), consider making them some Loving the Bite training fuel straight from your own kitchen.  You can combine it with the informative post about the recipe, or just with your own words about how it will improve...
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Loving the Bite: Homemade Electrolyte Sports Drink

November 28, 2013
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Loving the Bite: Homemade Electrolyte Sports Drink

….And How to Lose Fat in the Off-Season. Are you interested in improving your strength to weight ratio this off-season? Most likely, the answer is yes.  On the surface, it seems like a no-brainer: the lighter you are, the faster you can go.  The less you eat, the lighter you are. Eat less, go...
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Loving the BITE: Easy Whole-Berry Chia-Cranberry Jam

November 21, 2013
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Loving the BITE: Easy Whole-Berry Chia-Cranberry Jam

Get ‘em while you can.  For a limited time, you can buy a pound of berries for just $1.00-1.50 at your local market.  For anyone who’s familiar with berry prices, this is a STEAL.  And,right now, it’s the price of a SuperFood berry often reserved for the Holidays – the cranberry. While they may...
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Loving the BITE: Cherry Juice for your Aching Joints

November 14, 2013
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Loving the BITE: Cherry Juice for your Aching Joints

This time of year, as the temperature drops, joints began to feel the pain.  After a season of cycling, many athletes suffer from painful joints, gout, and inflammation.  And, while nutrition isn’t the entire answer for joint pain, many functional foods can certainly help. This week, we’ll take a look at cherry juice, how...
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Loving the BITE: Ultimate Pomegranate Crunch Smoothie

November 7, 2013
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Loving the BITE: Ultimate Pomegranate Crunch Smoothie

When it’s not quite the Holidays, it’s not quite Winter, but it seems less and less like Fall, what Season it is? Anyone? Well, to me, it’s none other than pomegranate season (I bet you didn’t see that one coming)! Of course, a food would have to be extra special to have its own...
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Loving the BITE: Autumn, Apples, and Sausage

October 31, 2013
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Loving the BITE: Autumn, Apples, and Sausage

Nothing quite says October like Cycling in the leaves, Apples and Sausage.  Well, maybe beer.  But, since I’m the nutritionist and cook, and not the brew-master, I’ll stick to what I know.  This week, we’ll cut to the chase with a quick, easy, delicious Autumn dinner. It will include some nutrition powerhouse ingredients (you...
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Loving The BITE: Real Food Pumpkin-Spice-Latte

October 24, 2013
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Loving The BITE: Real Food Pumpkin-Spice-Latte

It’s all the rave.  #PSL.  #pumpkinspice.  Or, for those who have missed it, Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s at Starbucks, of course, McDonald’s, and many coffee shops  across the country. With the big-name franchises, its big money as a seasonal favorite latte this time of year.  And why not?  Pumpkins and pumpkin spice are wonderfully...
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Loving the BITE: Halloween-Candy-Stock-Up….Loving the Bite Style

October 17, 2013
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Loving the BITE: Halloween-Candy-Stock-Up….Loving the Bite Style

Dress Up like a Cartoon Character and Head to the Neighbors. For over 5000 years, there’s been a unique ingredient, known to the Chinese as a endurance-improving, stamina-enhancing, healing herb.  Believe it or not, it’s widely available to you.  And this month, you may even score some for free.  If… If your willing to...
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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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