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Loving the BITE: Easy Gourmet Boiled Potatoes on the Bike

September 18, 2014
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Loving the BITE: Easy Gourmet Boiled Potatoes on the Bike

This week, we’ve got an oldie but a goodie.  For many decades (maybe even centuries?), athletes have been eating potatoes for fuel. At races. On rides. On runs.  It’s a great choice.  While many commercial sports products use maltodextrin as one ingredient in their mix, you can go to the source. When you eat potatoes, their starch readily...
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Loving the BITE: Adding Vitamin D for the upcoming Winter Months

September 11, 2014
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Loving the BITE: Adding Vitamin D for the upcoming Winter Months

If you are out on your bike most days, you likely believe you get plenty enough sunshine to make plenty enough Vitamin D.  I get it.  I’m lucky enough to live in a state that boosts more than 300 days a year of sunshine.  So, how come so many of us are Vitamin D...
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Loving the BITE: Easy Peach Honey Jam for Best Ever PB & J

September 4, 2014
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Loving the BITE: Easy Peach Honey Jam for Best Ever PB & J

This is the best PB & J you’ll ever eat…really.  Well, maybe it’s not exactly a PB & J, if you want to get technical about it.  It’s more of a CB & J.  Intrigued? If you like minerals that support good, steady energy levels in your body, real, whole food carbohydrates rather than processed...
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Loving the BITE: Peanut Butter Protein Power Cookie

August 28, 2014
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Loving the BITE: Peanut Butter Protein Power Cookie

Turns out, people like cookies.  After a lot of excitement and positive feedback with the oatmeal cookie fuel recipe, I thought I’d add one of my favorites to the mix: Peanut Butter “Protein Power” Cookies.  This cookie has great long-lasting-fuel ingredients.  It can work on the bike, or even as a snack (see below)....
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Loving the BITE: Zucchini Noodles Lo Mein

August 21, 2014
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Loving the BITE: Zucchini Noodles Lo Mein

If you happen to keep a garden in all your spare time off the bike, you may have zucchinis coming out of your ears this time of year.  And, if you don’t, you can likely find good prices on them at the store.  This is a good thing, because zucchinis make a great “noodle”...
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Loving the BITE: 5 Real Foods For Every Cyclist’s Pantry

August 14, 2014
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Loving the BITE: 5 Real Foods For Every Cyclist’s Pantry

The world is full of great foods for cyclists.  Foods that energize, foods that heal, and foods that reduce risk of illness.  As a bonus, many of these same foods taste great.  There’s no shortage of great foods from which to choose for everyday eating, and for training fuel.  And yet, there are some...
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Loving the BITE: Just 3 Words – Dried. Mango. Strips.

August 7, 2014
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Loving the BITE: Just 3 Words – Dried. Mango. Strips.

You want real foods on the bike?  I’ve got 3 words for you: Dried. Mango. Strips.  They’re portable, they’re not sticky, not too sweet and incredibly refreshing. But, how do they stack up to other fueling options?  Are they a good choice in terms of nutrients that your body can use while pedaling? This week, we’ll...
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Loving the BITE: Oatmeal Cookie Fuel

July 31, 2014
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Loving the BITE: Oatmeal Cookie Fuel

A client recently asked me what I thought about using Oatmeal Cookies for fuel. It happened to be a food he loved, a food he’d look forward to mile after mile, and one he could easily make ahead of time.  It also happened to be a great idea. Unlike most cookies, oatmeal cookies are...
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Loving the BITE: Injury Recovery Super Smoothie

July 24, 2014
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Loving the BITE: Injury Recovery Super Smoothie

After witnessing injury upon injury during the Tour de France, I’ve decided to up the ante on the Ultimate Joint Health Smoothie.  We can do better.  We can make it heal. The new and improved Injury Recovery Super Smoothie. Specific foods can proactively nourish our joints, skin, tissue, and muscles.  What’s more, they can help them heal when...
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Loving the BITE: Should cyclists go for RAW Power?

July 17, 2014
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Loving the BITE: Should cyclists go for RAW Power?

When it comes to veggies, the question I’m asked most (beside, do I have to?) is should they be eaten raw rather than cooked? The simple answer in most cases is yes…most of the time.  I like to see vegetables eaten raw more than 50% of the time, and when cooked, I recommend following...
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Loving the BITE: Watermelon Cooler (Great Recovery Option)

July 10, 2014
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Loving the BITE: Watermelon Cooler (Great Recovery Option)

I was in the middle of a 5-hour ride last weekend, and it was hot.  For some reason, I couldn’t get the thought of watermelon off my mind.  Just seemed so refreshing, and I really, really wanted some.  When I got home I did get a melon.  But, it sure would have been nice to...
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Loving the BITE: My Mid-Summer Grilling Tradition

July 3, 2014
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Loving the BITE: My Mid-Summer Grilling Tradition

I’m starting a mid-summer, 4th of July Loving the Bite tradition. Grilling. Burgers. Delicious & Healthy Toppings.  Seems like it ought to take off. We started last year with 5 amazing toppings for grilled meat and burgers.  This year, I’ll dig into the Loving the Bite archives for 3 more.  If you’re hosting a party...
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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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