Loving the “Bite” Recipes

Loving the BITE: Protein Power Peanut Butter Granola Bars (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free)

July 30, 2015
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Loving the BITE: Protein Power Peanut Butter Granola Bars (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free)

Would you consider yourself a “snacker?” I am. And for some reason, this has a bad connotation. For me, it simply means I eat balanced mini-meals, made up of simple real foods, between my larger meals. Generally it’s fruit and cheese, a hard-boiled egg, a yogurt, roasted chickpeas, or something similar. It’s not “snacky...
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Loving the BITE: Nourishing Egg in a Tomato Breakfast

July 23, 2015
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Loving the BITE: Nourishing Egg in a Tomato Breakfast

If you’ve got a summer harvest of tomatoes, I’ve got a great idea for you for breakfast. It will nourish you from head to toe, with one of the best antioxidant nutrients you can find, and it will provide a delicious meal of protein, healthy fats, and veggies. And, if you don’t have tomatoes...
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Loving the BITE: Will Ride for Waffles

July 16, 2015
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Loving the BITE: Will Ride for Waffles

Really, there’s just no waffling about it. Waffles are delicious. Waffles are fun. And, this week, waffles are great training fuel. Why? Our Loving the Bite waffles will deliver the carbs, healthy-fuel fats, and sodium you need. You can pack ’em and take them with you. What could be better than refueling with waffles? ...
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Loving the BITE: Why Broccoli is Awesome for Cyclists

July 9, 2015
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Loving the BITE: Why Broccoli is Awesome for Cyclists

It’s a lean, mean, green, cancer-, cholesterol-, allergy-, oxidative-stress- and inflammation-fighting-machine.  And, you’re in luck because it’s likely sitting in your refrigerator right now. With over 300 studies to support its whole-food, nutrition power-house goodness, broccoli is a sure-fire way to improve your health. Specifically, it fights 3 cellular problem areas that can contribute...
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Loving the BITE: Delicious Summer Hydrators

July 2, 2015
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Loving the BITE: Delicious Summer Hydrators

Whether on the bike, in the office, or working outside, hydration is crucial for the cyclist.  It’s obvious why it’s so important when riding.  But, do you realize that chronic day-to-day dehydration can also have a huge effect on your ride? Dehydration can be the source of fatigue, headaches, digestive issues, and more.  It also...
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Loving the BITE: I Despise Nutrition Labels

June 25, 2015
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Loving the BITE: I Despise Nutrition Labels

I despise nutrition labels. And even worse, nutrition claims on the front of a package are a joke.  Sound like a rant? I’m just getting started. You read that right. Although the intentions may have been good with both of these, they become little more than marketing and politics in modern day food manufacturing. Why?...
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Loving the BITE: My Favorite Energy Bar UPDATED

June 18, 2015
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Loving the BITE: My Favorite Energy Bar UPDATED

Hundreds. Thousands. There is no end to your energy bar options. There are some great commercial ones, other bland or cardboard-like ones, and some that are little more than candy bars. Here’s mine. I use this energy bar on rides, runs, and skis. I love it. Just 5-6 ingredients in a food processor, and your...
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Loving the BITE: Will Ride for Bacon

June 11, 2015
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Loving the BITE: Will Ride for Bacon

Bacon: The Tasty Sodium Supplement Alright, here’s the disclaimer (a rarity around here!). This may not be the healthiest of my Loving the Bite healthy recipes. It’s true. I’ve given you plenty of those. It doesn’t have to be all-broccoli-all-time. As you’ll read, I do believe bacon is fine here and there (or to be clique –...
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Loving the BITE: Energize with an Iron Pan & Fish

June 4, 2015
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Loving the BITE: Energize with an Iron Pan & Fish

As a female endurance athlete, who loves to both ride and run, I’ve learned the importance of iron over the years.  Through four pregnancies, different levels of training and racing, and off-seasons, I’ve seen ups and downs with energy, fatigue, and low-iron symptoms. I’ve also worked with female and male athletes who have been tested...
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Loving the BITE: Will Pedal for Pesto

May 28, 2015
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Loving the BITE: Will Pedal for Pesto

Who here wants to reduce fatigue and inflammation, optimize blood flow, and stay healthy this season?  Yes, please.  And, who wants some pesto?  Yes, pretty please.  Well, it must be your lucky day, because here at Loving the Bike, we’re about to make it all happen. Since I’m getting ready to plant my herb garden this...
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Loving the BITE: Keep Pedaling with Candied Ginger

May 21, 2015
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Loving the BITE: Keep Pedaling with Candied Ginger

On recent long rides, there’s been one fuel that has really, really made me smile lately. I don’t eat huge amounts (it doesn’t take much), but it provides carbs, tastes delicious, cleanses your palate, calms your stomach, and soothes your joints. Any guesses? Of course, it’s ginger. But not just any ginger. Candied ginger....
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Loving the BITE: Fuel for an Off-Road Century

May 14, 2015
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Loving the BITE: Fuel for an Off-Road Century

Last week I headed to the desert with my husband for one of our favorite rides. It’s not my typical style. If I had to pick any type of ride as my all-time favorite, it would definitely be high alpine flowy singletrack. But this one’s different. It’s a double track…flowy a times, sandy at times,...
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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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