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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’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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Our Top 5 Cycling Tips: #2

February 21, 2013
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Our Top 5 Cycling Tips: #2

We continue our week of Cycling Tips, with this fantastic nutrition tip from Kelli.  Each week Kelli brings you a Loving the BITE recipe, but along with that she provides a wealth of nutritional information for you as well.  On top of it all, she always let’s you know how certain foods, herbs, and...
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Loving the BITE: Super Bowl Recipe and Party Tips

January 31, 2013
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Loving the BITE: Super Bowl Recipe and Party Tips

Are you ready for some football?  In my household, yep, we sure are.  I happen to be married to one happy lifelong San Francisco 49ers fan.  And, since I am one not-so-happy lifelong Denver Broncos fan, I’ll go ahead and concentrate on the food.  Here’s what I’ll be cooking for our party and my...
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Loving the BITE: Easy to Digest, Long Lasting Fuel for Cycling

January 24, 2013
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Loving the BITE: Easy to Digest, Long Lasting Fuel for Cycling

When riding early in the morning, do you opt for pre-training fuel and risk stomach issues, or just go without?  Many athletes simply head out the door with no fuel.  And, for up to 60 minutes of training, this is usually just fine.  In fact, they not only reduce the risk of stomach cramps,...
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Loving the BITE: Hot Cocoa Recovery Mix…On the Go

January 17, 2013
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Loving the BITE: Hot Cocoa Recovery Mix…On the Go

Lately, I’ve been training at 5 am.  It’s been cold.  Frigid.  And, as much as I enjoy the brisk workout and the sun rise, there’s one thing I dread.  Coming back to the cold recovery chocolate milk waiting for me in my car. If you’re one of the many who’s tried and regularly uses our Whole...
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Loving the BITE: Anti-nausea Food For Athletes

January 10, 2013
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Loving the BITE: Anti-nausea Food For Athletes

It happens to cyclists, runners, mountain bikers, and climbers alike.  Sometimes, while you’re out there, your stomach just isn’t right.  You feel nauseous and you’re not sure why.  Same pre-training fuel, same during the ride fuel.  Maybe it happens every time without fail, or just on long rides, or just in high heat.  While...
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Loving the BITE: Healing Tea for Joint Inflammation and Pain

December 13, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Healing Tea for Joint Inflammation and Pain

Overuse, strains, and accidents, ouch!  Joint and ligament injuries are painful and frustrating.  In the case of over-use, they can rear their ugly heads again and again.  It seems like I currently have a more than usual amount of clients nursing joint injuries, muscle injuries, and Seasonal sicknesses.  And, over the last year, I worked with more than...
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Loving the BITE: The Perfect All – Natural Energy Drink

November 29, 2012
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Loving the BITE: The Perfect All – Natural Energy Drink

Is Coconut Water truly the perfect, all-natural energy drink?  By some, it’s regarded as the best fluid for hydration and electrolyte replenishment on the bike.  They claim that it’s hydrated athletes naturally, for thousands of years, with 100% all-natural goodness.  Sounds good.  But is it better than modern sports drinks?  Recently, a client asked...
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Loving the BITE: 2-Minute Curry Peanut Sauce

November 15, 2012
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Loving the BITE: 2-Minute Curry Peanut Sauce

No time to cook?  It’s the mantra of the working cyclist.  Unless you make your money on the bike, your schedule is likely over-scheduled.  Full time jobs, family, commutes, cycling, cross-training and more.  When trying to eat healthy and fuel training for optimal cycling, this no-time-to-cook problem can become a big hurdle. Throughout my...
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Loving the BITE: A Tuna Melt Recovery

November 8, 2012
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Loving the BITE: A Tuna Melt Recovery

A game of cycling nutrition “Would You Rather.” Would you rather recover with a sugar-and-whey powdered drink OR a hot, cheesey, melty, delicious tuna melt? I know I’d rather the tuna melt.  Of course, there are lots of options when it comes to nutrition recovery after a hard ride.  We’ve highlighted many good options.  And, more and more, athletes...
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Loving the BITE: Junk Food Anti-Venom

November 1, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Junk Food Anti-Venom

What’s the opposite of candy overload?  In a word, celery.  It’s the anti-junk food.  In fact, spend a day eating celery (in addition to other whole healthy foods), and you’ll tend to feel less bloated, lighter, and healthier.  With its gentle diuretic effects, celery can get the bloat off that’s often caused by too...
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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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