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Loving the Bite: Top 5 Homemade On-the-Bike Fuel Recipes

May 16, 2013
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Loving the Bite: Top 5 Homemade On-the-Bike Fuel Recipes

Sometimes, you just have to take matters into your own hands, head to the kitchen, and make some dynamite training fuel. Or, at least, I tend to have to.  For 12 years, many miles on the bike, and many mountains climbed, we’ve chosen my homebrew drinks, bars, and whole food options.  Here’s my top...
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Loving the BITE: Chemical-Free Coffee

May 9, 2013
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Loving the BITE: Chemical-Free Coffee

This week I’m on a mission.  A pantry purge, if you will.  When I shop for foods that are not completely whole food (for whatever reason), I generally try to avoid: high omega-6 oils like soybean oil and corn oil, artificial sweeteners with the exception of occasional stevia, colorings and fake flavorings, monosodium glutamate, high...
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Loving The BITE: Powerhouse of Detoxifying Super Awesomeness

May 2, 2013
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Loving The BITE: Powerhouse of Detoxifying Super Awesomeness

When you look at food, do you see what it has to offer?  The nutrients, antioxidants, detoxifying components, fibers, energy-producers, and taste?  Or, do you mostly watch out for what you should avoid?  The foods that drag down your energy, promote disease, and harm your cells?  For years, there seems to be a mind-set...
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Loving the Bite: Relief for Seasonal Allergies from the Kitchen

April 25, 2013
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Loving the Bite: Relief for Seasonal Allergies from the Kitchen

Does just thinking about Spring have your sneezing, wheezing, rubbing your eyes, and feeling an itch in your throat?  With all its beauty, all its excitement, and all its opportunities to ride, Spring also brings along a lot of pollen and seasonal allergies.  And although seasonal allergies aren’t exactly within my expertise, they significantly...
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Loving the BITE: On (or off) the Bike Sweet Potato Snacking Chips

April 18, 2013
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Loving the BITE: On (or off) the Bike Sweet Potato Snacking Chips

After the popularity of last year’s Sweet Potato Cycling Fuel options, I thought it was high-time to share my newest, favorite way to eat them.  Sweet Potato Chips. These are a delicious, savory option on the bike, a great food for snacks or to round out a meal, and a nutrient powerhouse whenever you’d...
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Loving the BITE: Non-Dairy Strawberry Milk Recovery

April 11, 2013
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Loving the BITE: Non-Dairy Strawberry Milk Recovery

Don’t got milk? No problem.  We’ve covered Chocolate Milk as an Option for Recovery, but what about those who don’t drink dairy?  Are there similar options, with adequate protein, without casein, whey, and lactose?  Indeed, there are. Of course, many food combinations of proteins and carbs will work for recovery.  And, there are tons...
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Loving the BITE: The Wrong Kind of Fat

April 4, 2013
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Loving the BITE: The Wrong Kind of Fat

Whether you realize it or not, you’re surrounded.  It’s in you, in your fridge, in your pantry, in your foods.  While small amounts are okay, large amounts are the enemy.  It’s the wrong kind of fat.  It promotes inflammation and blocks anti-inflammatory fats.  It’s chronic inflammation has negative effects on your health, your cycling...
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Loving the BITE: 5-Minute Power Breakfast Ideas

March 28, 2013
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Loving the BITE: 5-Minute Power Breakfast Ideas

How would describe your breakfast?  Same ol’ same ol’? Or POWER-PACKED and ENERGIZING?  This week, we’ll keep it short and sweet, and look at 6, 5-minute or less Power Breakfasts.  No processed foods needed.  These are whole-food, high-nutrient, protein-and-fiber-packed meals.  You wouldn’t expect anything less, right? Recipes of the Week: 5-Minute Power Breakfasts to...
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Loving the BITE: More Muscle Oxygen with One Key Ingredient

March 21, 2013
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Loving the BITE: More Muscle Oxygen with One Key Ingredient

Beetroot Juice.  Have you heard?  It’s said to be the newest, greatest, most effective fueling ingredient to hit cycling in recent times.  Yes, there’s currently a lot of hype.  Some of the claims are definitely legit, and some are a bit of a stretch.  In research (which has actually been conducted on beetroot juice...
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Loving the BITE: Strike Gold with Kale and Greens

March 14, 2013
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Loving the BITE: Strike Gold with Kale and Greens

I’m feeling lucky.  This week, I finally figured out how to serve Kale, in its wonderful, super-nutrient, raw form.  For months, I’ve been forcing my family to grin and bear it as I “snuck” raw kale into the greens of our dinner salads.  Even the three-year-old wasn’t fooled.  Sure, he grumbles, but he’ll eat...
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Loving the BITE: Nut-Free Training Fuel (updated)

March 7, 2013
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Loving the BITE: Nut-Free Training Fuel (updated)

Raise your hand if you, or someone you love, is affected by food allergies.  Both my hands and one foot is up.  Like many, I’m the mom to three kids with food allergies.  And, of course, I work with many clients with food allergies.  So, when a request comes to provide dairy free, or...
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Loving the BITE’s Magic Health Tonic

February 28, 2013
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Loving the BITE’s Magic Health Tonic

The words “health tonic” were not something we discussed in nutrition school or residency much.  Unfortunately.  More and more, I’ve seen the benefits of tonics, supplements, and practices that are far from your standard Western Medicine protocols.  I’ve seen them work firsthand, and I’ve seen their efficacy documented in studies. But, since we can’t...
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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.

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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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