Remember when you couldn’t walk into a drugstore without spotting a zoo of Chia critters? Then we discovered that the same gooey seeds we stuck to our terra cotta-shaped turtles and bunnies are actually a superfood. Runners have been extolling their countless health benefits since the days when the Mayans and Aztecs relied on them to fuel their cross-country conquests.
So why should this tiny black dot be a staple in any endurance athlete’s diet? For starters, chia seeds are excellent for hydration. When left in water (or your stomach) these little buggers can absorb 10 times their weight in water. This means that as they’re digested, they slowly release water, helping to maintain proper hydration. They also help stabilize electrolytes. To get the maximum benefits, soak the seeds before ingesting them. Continue reading
A girl can only subsist on gels and bars for so long before she begins to yearn for some real food mid-ride. Some of my favorite bites include salted nuts and dried fruits like dates, apricots and cherries. But after a couple of hours in the saddle, I need something with real substance, but that is easy to eat and won’t weigh me down. Enter the muffin. And I’m not talking about the softball-size grease bombs common to bakeries and delis. With a few healthy modifications, muffins can morph into a backpocket superhero or a pre-ride pick-me-up. Stay tuned for more ride recipes. But first, one of my favorites, the carrot cinnamon muffin. Continue reading
I can still vividly remember my first metric century. Not so much the riding part, as the I’ll-eat-anything-at-arm’s-length call sent from my rumbling stomach at mile 50. It was a desperate plea for calories, and even the fumes from a nearby McDonald’s had me salivating like a dog.
Since that ride, I’ve learned to eat more mid-pedal and to slip some protein into my back pocket. But I still live for the post-ride barbecue or diner stop. Continue reading