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Loving the BITE: Chia For a Long Lasting Energy Source

September 27, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Chia For a Long Lasting Energy Source

It’s a sports nutrition superfood of legends.  It’s a fill-you-up nutrition powerhouse breakfast.   It’s a Chia Seed. And, while it may be small, it works wonders to soak in fluids, gel up, and provide long-lasting energy and volume for foods.  Many athletes use it because they’ve heard the stories of amazing athletes using...
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Loving the BITE: Off-Season Fat Loss Recipes

September 20, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Off-Season Fat Loss Recipes

There’s no better time for a cyclist to shed some pounds than in the off-season.  In fact, while it may seem counter-intuitive, it can be very difficult to lose weight during a long, grueling on-season of cycling, training, and racing (especially if you’re already reasonably fit and just want to lose those last few...
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Loving the BITE: Eggs Are Good

September 13, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Eggs Are Good

Here we go again.  A few weeks ago, you may have read headlines that seemed to confirm it once and for all: Eggs yolks are worse for your heart than cigarettes.  That seems pretty bad.  Especially for a cyclist striving for health and great performance on the bike.  With a headline like this, there must...
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Loving the BITE: Nutritious Zucchini Pasta

September 6, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Nutritious Zucchini Pasta

From apples to sports drinks to supplements to zucchini, Loving the Bike’s got your nutrition needs covered on and off the bike.  This week, let’s go ahead and talk zucchini.  If you grow it, in all your spare time off the bike, you likely have it coming out of your ears by now.  And...
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Loving the BITE: Homemade Peanut Butter for Nutrition and the Ride

August 30, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Homemade Peanut Butter for Nutrition and the Ride

What’s better than peanut butter?  Homemade peanut butter.  Or, for the adventurous, homemade chocolate peanut butter.  If you’ve never tasted freshly ground peanut butter, or almond butter, or cashew butter, or walnut butter for that matter, you’ve simply gotta try it.  It’s easy to make and it works well for long rides and everyday...
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Loving the BITE: Pre-Sleep Muscle Sparing Shake

August 23, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Pre-Sleep Muscle Sparing Shake

Typical cyclist nutrition wish-list: Lose fat, gain muscle, improve strength to weight ratio, continue to improve on the bike and feel strong while riding, no cramps, no bonking, no stomach issues, no starving.  Stay healthy throughout the season.  Recover quickly.  Train/race harder the next day. A tall order, I know.  And, it’s the same...
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Loving the BITE: Coconutz Fuel Review and Giveaway

August 16, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Coconutz Fuel Review and Giveaway

As if you didn’t already know, I tend to love all things coconut…especially organic coconut oil.  I use it for fuel, especially in recovery, for Daily Nutrition, for my kids’ nutrition, and in various ways around the house.  And recently, Casey Zaugg the owner of Coconutz Fuel, contacted me after reading one of my...
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Loving the BITE: Go Bananas For This Energy Bar

August 9, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Go Bananas For This Energy Bar

This bar is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S.  And for good reason…athletes love bananas (sweeping generalization, I know).  Some are fanatical, as in 30-bananas-a-day (there’s a whole site about this).  Others simply consider them just a go-to for pre-training, during-the-ride, and recovery.  For Training Nutrition, my only issue with them is that they can get squashed in my...
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Loving the BITE: Grilled Eggplant for Dinner and Health

August 2, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Grilled Eggplant for Dinner and Health

There they are, setting in the produce department, daring you to pick one up.  And figure out what the heck to do with it.  Surely, they’re good for you, right?  They are vegetables after all, and vibrantly purple.  Eggplants.  It’s what’s for dinner this week. Recipe of the Week:  Simple Grilled Eggplants Ingredients: 3...
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Loving the BITE: Make Your Own Sports Drinks

July 26, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Make Your Own Sports Drinks

The art of drinking the right thing at the right time on the bike can take years of practice.  We’re gonna speed that up for you.  Really, it’s simple.  It simply depends on 3 factors: Your primary goal: Are you riding mostly for health and weight loss OR for cycling performance?  This can become...
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Loving the BITE: On-the-Ride Bacon Rice Burrito

July 19, 2012
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Loving the BITE: On-the-Ride Bacon Rice Burrito

If you’re one of the many athletes tired of gels, chews, and overly sugary sports foods, you’re gonna love this week’s Loving the Bite recipe.  Personally, as a long-distance mountain biker, I use a combination of both “sports foods” (gels & bars, mostly) and real food.  For any ride longer than 5 hours, I...
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Loving the BITE: The Cyclists’ Guide to Fish Oil

July 12, 2012
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Loving the BITE: The Cyclists’ Guide to Fish Oil

It’s rare that I recommend a supplement to most all my clients without hesitation.  However, when it comes to fish oil, I recommend it to almost 100% of them.  In fact, I recommend eating fish high in docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) AND supplementing with high-quality fish oil supplements (not either or). ...
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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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