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Loving the BITE: Whole-Food Easy Training Fuel, Salted Date Bites

September 12, 2013
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Loving the BITE: Whole-Food Easy Training Fuel, Salted Date Bites

Sometimes, a natural whole-food is just the fuel needed when on the bike.  More often than not, real foods taste refreshing, satisfying, and cause less stomach issues than engineered fuel.  I believe there’s room for both. As you know, I love homemade fueling recipes with minimal ingredients, but I’ll also use and recommend hand-picked gels,...
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Loving the BITE: Easy Tasty Raspberry Chicken to Keep Your Muscles in Recovery Mode

September 5, 2013
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Loving the BITE: Easy Tasty Raspberry Chicken to Keep Your Muscles in Recovery Mode

Need a quick, healthy dinner idea? Who doesn’t? Between work, training, family, the commute, and any other responsibilities, most cyclists have little time for cooking and often are tempted by eating out or buying boxed meals at the store. But, this is not always the best answer.  Convenience foods and most fast foods have a...
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Loving the BITE: Better-At-Home Powerhouse Hummus

August 29, 2013
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Loving the BITE: Better-At-Home Powerhouse Hummus

C’mon, who can resist some tasty hummus?  It’s creamy, flavorful, and makes vegetables even better.  When I think about it, I actually don’t know many people who don’t like it.  It’s great for a snack, great added to a lunch sandwich, and great served as a sauce or dip in most dinner recipes.  Kabobs, anyone?  Just...
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Loving the BITE: Healthy Carrot Cake Snack Bites

August 22, 2013
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Loving the BITE: Healthy Carrot Cake Snack Bites

Are nutrient-packed, fresh, healthy foods really affordable?  I’ve gotta tell you, one of my pet-peeves is when health advocates swear that eating whole, real foods will actually save you money compared to buying unhealthy ones.  Sure, if you eat out every night, you’ll save money buying healthy foods from the store and making dinner at home. ...
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Loving the BITE: 3-Minute BBQ Sauce and Condiment Information

August 15, 2013
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Loving the BITE: 3-Minute BBQ Sauce and Condiment Information

I have lost years of my life in grocery store aisles.  When I want a specific product that meets specific standards, and at a price I’m willing to pay, I will search high and low. Unfortunately, sometimes the quest is futile.  Sometimes, even while my kids are nearing the point that no parent wants...
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Loving the BITE: Quick Avocado Smoothie Meal

August 8, 2013
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Loving the BITE: Quick Avocado Smoothie Meal

There are many reasons why athletes look to convenient ready-to-eat meal replacement drinks and bars.  As noted, they are convenient. Ready to eat with no preparation.  And, many of us, tend to be busy.  When I first began working with serious athletes, I didn’t really anticipate the stress level that often occurs with busy schedules exacerbated...
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Loving the BITE: Inexpensive Training Fuel Alternatives for Cyclists and Athletes

August 1, 2013
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Loving the BITE: Inexpensive Training Fuel Alternatives for Cyclists and Athletes

Tired of forking over a buck or more every time you want a gel, bar, or drink for each hour of your ride? Many times, me too.   When weight (or lack thereof) is a priority on very long rides, and I simply want convenience from commercially available light-weight products, gels are one of...
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Loving the BITE: Ginger, Joint Remedy and Muscle Soother

July 25, 2013
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Loving the BITE: Ginger, Joint Remedy and Muscle Soother

There’s nothing like a good ride to push your muscles, free your mind, and put a smile on your face.  As you push your muscles, you’ll also likely deal with soreness and fatigue.  While it’s not the end of the world, and all a part of training, the more you can do to reduce it and help...
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Loving the BITE: Grilled Beer-Can Chicken

July 18, 2013
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Loving the BITE: Grilled Beer-Can Chicken

This summer, our dinner themes have been grilling and keeping dinners “Light at Night.” This week, for even more fun, we’ll throw in a beer.  If you’ve never heard of beer-can chicken, keep reading because this recipe, using beer, produces a wonderfully moist and flavorful whole chicken.  To keep it light at night, we’ll skip the...
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Loving the BITE: Tour de France Special – Chocolate for Breakfast

July 11, 2013
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Loving the BITE: Tour de France Special – Chocolate for Breakfast

If you’ve got Tour de France fever, you may find yourself waking up in the wee hours of the morning to watch live coverage.  And, you may just get hungry, tired, or lethargic by the time it’s time for your own morning ride.  Which brings me to the subject of our Loving the Bite recipe this...
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Loving the BITE: Festive Burger Toppings and Tips

July 4, 2013
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Loving the BITE: Festive Burger Toppings and Tips

It’s a Holiday weekend for many Loving the Bike readers, so I’ll keep it light, festive, and fun this week (of course, cycling nutrition is fun ever week, right?).  When it comes to food and the 4th of July, I think about the grill, and I think about burgers. I am a meat-eater, including...
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Loving the BITE: 6 Summer Hydrators to Improve Your Ride

June 27, 2013
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Loving the BITE: 6 Summer Hydrators to Improve Your Ride

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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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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