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Tour de Vegetable

David Zabriskie plans on riding the Tour de France on a vegan diet. Well, sort of:

Earlier this season, Zabriskie said his energy levels were down and he felt weak. He wasn’t sure if it was a result of the diet or a recent bug he was getting over. He got in touch with Brazier, who advised him to take vegan protein shakes made from hemp seeds, flax seeds and brown rice protein, among other ingredients. (Brazier invented the shake and markets them under the “Vega” brand). Zabriskie says he now drinks three or four of the shakes throughout the day.

Zabriskie also consulted with a professional motorcycle racer, Ben Bostrom, also a vegan, who advised Zabriskie to include small amounts of fish a couple of times a week because of the incredibly large load he puts on his body during training. “He told me, don’t get too hung up on the word ‘vegan’,” says Zabriskie. The fish, Zabriskie says, helps his body absorb certain vitamins and iron.

During the Tour of California in May, Zabriskie won the time trial. Last month, he blew away the competition at the U.S. national time trial championships in Greenville, S.C. That victory, he says, reinforced his decision to change his diet. “I knew I had done everything right,” he says.

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Homemade Energy Bars | How To

While out on long rides, I am one who likes to eat an energy bar or two and also like it to taste good. There are a few energy bars out there that squelch the hunger and taste good but at about $1.50 each, I wanted to see what I could make and save some money in doing so. There was a great post on Fezzari bikes website that got me motivated, this is my rendition of it.

Shopping List:

  • 1 1/4 Cups of puffed rice cereal (Rice Krispies)
  • 1 Cup of uncooked Oatmeal – I used the five minute kind
  • 1 (36g) serving of Chocolate Whey Protein powder shake mix
  • 1/4 Cup of Raisins
  • 1/4 Cup of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 Cup of Lightly Salted Peanuts
  • 1/3 Cup of Maple Syrup – try to use one without High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup of Peanut Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Ground Cinnimon
  • Can of cooking spray – (PAM)
  • Wax Paper
  • Plastic Wrap – (Saran Wrap)
  • Resealable sandwich bags
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine Rice Cereal, Oatmeal, Whey Protein powder, Raisins, Chocolate Chips, Peanuts and Cinnimon. Stir a few times to ensure everything is mixed well.
  2. In a sauce pan at medium-low heat, mix the Peanut Butter and Syrup until it combines and is slightly runny, not too hot. Remove from heat and add the Vanilla extract.
  3. Pour the warm Peanut Butter/Maple Syrup/Vanilla extract mixture into the large bowl with your other ingredients. Mix well to ensure there are no dry spots.
  4. Spray cooking sheet or a 9″ x 9″ Pyrex Dish with cooking spray and pour your mixture into the dish.
  5. Using Wax paper push the mixture down into the dish to make sure there are no air pockets and it is formed into the dish.
  6. Remove Wax paper and cover dish with Plastic Wrap and set into refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.
  7. Take a pizza cutter and cut your energy bars into eight bars and place into a sandwich bag.
Nutritional Guesstimation Facts:
While we aren’t scientist or food experts here at Talking Treads, you can see what you are using to make these bars. So based on the supplied nutritional facts on the packaging of each of the ingredients and with a little bit of math, we come up with, approximately,  Calories 291, Carbs 32g, Protein 10g, Sodium 148mg and Sugars 16g. Depending on the ingredients you purchase, cost for each bar would be around $0.25. Play around with your own mixture and let us know what you try!

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Bonk Breaker Energy Bars | A Review

When it comes to food in the saddle, most of us tend to stick with what we know. Early on, we find something we can get down (and hold down) and we stick with with because there’s nothing worse than food you can’t eat.

Bonk Breaker Energy Bars claim to be “The World’s Best Energy Bars” right on the package; I was a little skeptical. As soon as I opened the first package I started to believe. The bars smelled fresh and, while a little dense (like all energy bars I’ve ever tasted) Bonk Breakers looked and felt moist. By the time I finished my first bite (Peanut Butter & Jelly) I was pretty sure I’d found my energy bar of choice. Sam was riding next to me as he munched on his sample of the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, “I’d eat this just as a snack.”

In the mouth Bonk Breakers feel more  like a sandwich than a traditional energy bar. The bar itself is dense but it feels much lighter as you eat it-likely because, as I was informed by the owner of the company, all Bonk Breakers are shipped within a week of baking. The samples I was sent included the four flavors currently available: Peanut Butter & Jelly, Peanut Butter & Banana, Almond Butter & Honey and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. Each flavor tasted how I imagined it would with the Peanut Butter, as a rule, being the strongest flavor. The bars seemed fresh, something difficult to achieve when a product is foil wrapped. Bonk Breakers are made with things that sound like real food:

Organic rolled oats, B-Breaker (Brown rice syrup, Natural crunchy peanut butter [peanuts, salt] Honey), Brown rice flour, Blackberry Jam…

And, as a result Bonk Breakers taste like real food.

I’m not prepared to make any claims about an additional energy boost during my rides or feeling stronger than when I eat a Cliff Bar. Instead, I’ll just say that when I felt a bit hungry during a ride, I’d eat a Bonk Breaker and feel better. I never had to force one down or make that face I usually make when eating an energy bar. I recommended tossing one in your jersey pocket.

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spin burger bar

Local restaurant, Bistro 33, closed last week to make room for a new burger joint, Spin Burger Bar.

Look for the opening of Spin Burger Bar come mid-November, with a cycling theme and more recession-friendly prices.

According to this article, Spin Burger Bar will also have Goldsprints, head-to-head stationary bike races.

In case you’re wondering what bike racing in a bar might look like (spoiler: think hipster Dance Dance Revolution).

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