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Loving the BITE: Just 3 Words – Dried. Mango. Strips.

August 7, 2014
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Loving the BITE: Just 3 Words – Dried. Mango. Strips.

You want real foods on the bike?  I’ve got 3 words for you: Dried. Mango. Strips.  They’re portable, they’re not sticky, not too sweet and incredibly refreshing. But, how do they stack up to other fueling options?  Are they a good choice in terms of nutrients that your body can use while pedaling? This week, we’ll...
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Loving the BITE: Oatmeal Cookie Fuel

July 31, 2014
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Loving the BITE: Oatmeal Cookie Fuel

A client recently asked me what I thought about using Oatmeal Cookies for fuel. It happened to be a food he loved, a food he’d look forward to mile after mile, and one he could easily make ahead of time.  It also happened to be a great idea. Unlike most cookies, oatmeal cookies are...
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Loving the BITE: Injury Recovery Super Smoothie

July 24, 2014
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Loving the BITE: Injury Recovery Super Smoothie

After witnessing injury upon injury during the Tour de France, I’ve decided to up the ante on the Ultimate Joint Health Smoothie.  We can do better.  We can make it heal. The new and improved Injury Recovery Super Smoothie. Specific foods can proactively nourish our joints, skin, tissue, and muscles.  What’s more, they can help them heal when...
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Loving the BITE: Should cyclists go for RAW Power?

July 17, 2014
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Loving the BITE: Should cyclists go for RAW Power?

When it comes to veggies, the question I’m asked most (beside, do I have to?) is should they be eaten raw rather than cooked? The simple answer in most cases is yes…most of the time.  I like to see vegetables eaten raw more than 50% of the time, and when cooked, I recommend following...
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Loving the BITE: Watermelon Cooler (Great Recovery Option)

July 10, 2014
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Loving the BITE: Watermelon Cooler (Great Recovery Option)

I was in the middle of a 5-hour ride last weekend, and it was hot.  For some reason, I couldn’t get the thought of watermelon off my mind.  Just seemed so refreshing, and I really, really wanted some.  When I got home I did get a melon.  But, it sure would have been nice to...
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Loving the BITE: My Mid-Summer Grilling Tradition

July 3, 2014
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Loving the BITE: My Mid-Summer Grilling Tradition

I’m starting a mid-summer, 4th of July Loving the Bite tradition. Grilling. Burgers. Delicious & Healthy Toppings.  Seems like it ought to take off. We started last year with 5 amazing toppings for grilled meat and burgers.  This year, I’ll dig into the Loving the Bite archives for 3 more.  If you’re hosting a party...
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Loving the BITE: Best Ever 10-Minute Fresh Salsa

June 26, 2014
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Loving the BITE: Best Ever 10-Minute Fresh Salsa

I have a serious case of writer’s block.  Actually, I have a serious case of poison ivy from a recent trail run (which is why I should just stay on my bike).  I barely skirted the side of the trail to let an oncoming mountain biker get by.  It’s bad.  Not just a rash,...
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Loving the BITE: World Cup Brazilian-Inspired Coconut Milk Sauce

June 19, 2014
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Loving the BITE: World Cup Brazilian-Inspired Coconut Milk Sauce

I’ve got a fever. It’s called World Cup fever.  Loving the Bike may be about life on and off the bike, but us cyclists can get excited about a little futbol as well, right? Every 4 years we get to celebrate another wonderful sport and watch as the world competes.  Then, we can get...
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Loving the BITE: “Arnold Palmer” Homebrew Sports Drink

June 12, 2014
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Loving the BITE: “Arnold Palmer” Homebrew Sports Drink

I think Arnold Palmer may have been onto something.  Especially when it gets hot out, I like to use easy, refreshing homebrew drinks for fuel.  Usually, I mix one made of fruit juice, water, and salt for rides 2 hours and less. Depending on the time of day, I’ll use ice for some of...
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Loving the BITE: One Easy Recipe, 3 Perfect Energy Bars

June 5, 2014
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Loving the BITE: One Easy Recipe, 3 Perfect Energy Bars

What can you get with 6 ingredients, 1 recipe, and 5 minutes? Hmmm.  How about endless variations of a delicious, effective, whole-food energy bar!  It’s no joke.  In just minutes, you can make your own perfect energy bars.  These are tasty, real-food, great fuel, and require no cooking.  On the bike, you’ll find that...
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Loving the BITE: I Scream for this EASY Coconut Milk Ice Cream

May 29, 2014
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Loving the BITE: I Scream for this EASY Coconut Milk Ice Cream

We’ve only got a few more days in May…then, it’s officially June. Officially time for ice cream.  I’ve provided this simple recipe in summers past, and thought I’d revive it just as it’s getting hot in 2014.  I just so happen to have organic frozen mango chunks in my freezer…just waiting to become Mango Coconut...
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Loving the BITE: Delicious Balsamic Dressing that could Change Your Health

May 22, 2014
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Loving the BITE: Delicious Balsamic Dressing that could Change Your Health

Here’s a shocker: I think more of our foods should be made at home.  I think when you buy a prepared food at the store, the time you save with buying it rather than making it should be spent checking (and double checking) the ingredients list.  I think athletes can stay healthy, recover better, train...
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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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