Best Food for Your Ride This Weekend

cyclists in actionTired of pseudofood on the bike? When you get to the point where your stomach or taste buds revolt against yet another mocha/chocolate/what-have-you gel, leave it to the amazing sports nutritionist Liz Applegate, Ph.D. to come up with a great solution.

You may know her from her “Fridge Wisdom” column in Runner’s World, or as director of sports nutrition at the University of California at Davis. What you may not know about her is that she’s kind of a badass athlete herself.

The other day, I was lucky enough to have lunch with her (more coming soon on the other secrets she told me), and she told me what she recently carried in her pocket on some seriously long rides.

A potato.

Seriously, a boiled russet potato. And it makes perfect sense. An easy-to-eat, easy-to-carry, tasty carb, full of nutrients including potassium and vitamin C.

That’s not to say gels, beans, blocks, bars and other specially formulated sports nutrition products are bad. It’s just that when taste fatigue sets in–this weekend, maybe?–let Mother Nature come to the rescue. Potato doesn’t do it for you? Don’t miss some of Applegate’s other favorite make-at-home sports nutrition solutions. Go out there and savor your ride.

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