Wednesday, June 17, 2015

NEW Summer Training Table Foods & Supplements

Healthy Goodies by the (bicycle) basket full!
Summer is officially here and if you are like me, you'll want to rethink your menu ideas to get the most out of your season. There are some really impressive natural foods and supplements which have just launched and are worth including on your training table. I'm in training for the Rapha Women's 100 Bicycle Sportive so here's a roundup of some of my NEW favorites:

Viki's Granola
Made with 100% all natural ingredients, it is about as close as I've found to my own homemade granola. 1/4 cup = 150 calories with 9 grams of fat, (mostly Omega 3's). All of her varieties are delicious with my favorite being Maple Cranberry. The little 1.5 oz packets are perfect for summer hiking, camping and cycling. Bring along some homemade organic almond milk (recipe HERE) and you can have breakfast on the road! Add the abundant summer fruits and berries available now and really live it up. See more selections at 

Nightfood Dietary Supplement Bars
As the name implies, these little bars are designed to satisfy night time hunger with fewer calories and a formula that won't interfere with your sleep. At 140 calories per bar and 2.5 grams of fat, Nightfood Bars leave out the stimulants often found in other protein and energy bars. The Cookies n' Dreams tastes a bit like a cocoa infused Rice Crispies Treat. See all the varieties at

Viki's Granola & Nightfood Bars

Grilled Salmon is Rich in Omega 3's
I so enjoy my salmon in the summertime, especially when it's grilled. You can get fabulously creative and add grilled garden produce to salmon fillets and burgers. The Omega 3 Fatty Acids in salmon and other such fatty fish greatly knock out the inflammation that comes with intense exercise.

3 oz salmon fillet on the grill
Aim for 2-3, 3 oz servings per week and you're good to go. These Salmon Burgers come in 1/4 pound patties and cook quickly. Try one of my favorite salmon grilling recipes HERE.

Grilled Salmon Burger served with organic spring greens & a CA Chardonnay.
Everyone's Omega Fish & Flax by Rainbow Light
If for whatever reason you can not get enough oily fish like salmon and sardines in your diet, you might want to try Everyone's Omega Fish & Flax. It is made with ultra pure fish oil (anchovy and or sardine) and organic flax to promote both heart and brain health. Take one capsule daily for the equivalent of 2 fish servings per week. Has no fishy smell or aftertaste but the capsules are a bit large. See more products by online.

Osana Wild Strawberry Protein Shake & Berry Nutty Bars
You should always replenish your body with protein within 30 minutes of an intense workout. Otherwise you may see losses, not gains in muscle mass and strength. I just tried Osana's new Nutrimeal Wild Strawberry Meal Replacement Shake. Mixes easily in my shaker cup, tastes amazing and is VERY filling, this is my go-to breakfast selection on workout days. It has 15 grams of mixed source protein, (soy, whey and pea) per serving, is low glycemic and gluten free.

Usana Nutrimeal and Berry Nutty Bar
Usana Berry Nutty Bars
These whole foods nutrition bars are so delicious and packed with raw almonds, cashews with dried cherries and cranberries. It's really perfect as a quick on the road snack as they pack well and have a chewy goodness with just the right amount of natural tart-sweetness. Each bar gives you 4 grams of protein mostly from the nuts. Super tasty. See all of the Usana meal replacements and nutritional products online at Usana Health Sciences.

Garden of Life Raw Vitamin Code Liquid
Totally new from Garden of Life, I had the opportunity to try the Vitamin Code Raw Vitamin E capsules last month at their Blogger Summit and was very impressed. As this line is food based, you can take it with or without a full meal. This is perfect for me as I need to be up and running before the summer sun gets too hot! I've just started using Garden of Life's Vitamin Code Liquid but take it with a full meal. It is made with 46 superfoods including 34 raw, organic fruits, veggies and sprouts. The stuff is like pure rocket fuel for your workout.

NEW Vitamin Code Liquid and Raw Protein Energy from Garden of Life
Garden of Life Raw Protein Energy
This easy to digest, raw protein formula is about the only thing I can tolerate before a hard run or long bike ride. In fact it was the only thing I ate all day for the More Fitness Women's Half Marathon this past April and it did not let me down. The individual packets are genius as they go anywhere and make the perfect recovery drink. Another amazing product is their Organic Plant Protein Smooth Varieties which are pea based and mix instantly into nearly anything. See all of these new products at 

MitoQ and Gaia Turmeric Supreme Allergy

MitoQ & NEW MitoQ Heart
MitoQ is a very concentrated form of CO Enzyme Q 10 which is specially formulated to enter the cell's mitochondria. As a targeted antioxidant, it is perfect for countering the oxidative stress one gets from running, cycling and other sustained aerobic exercises. I've been taking MitoQ for about three years and feel as if it's turned back the clock on my energy levels and brain function. I've just started using the new formula, MitoQ Heart about two weeks ago. However I can already detect a faster return to my resting heart rate after working out. Doing hills on my Nishiki is starting to become a pleasure! See both super antioxidant formulas at

Gaia Turmeric Supreme Allergy Formula
Pollen is simply a part of working out, outdoors and meteorologists are predicting this summer to be a record breaker. I don't like OTC allergy medications that can make you drowsy (Heaven forbid with me riding my bike) so I've found a very good alternative. Gaia Turmeric Supreme Allergy contains turmeric of course but also a blend of natural herbs that help knock down itchy, watery eyes and runny nose without making you sleepy. I take two in the morning before heading out and I'm good all day. See all of Gaia's Turmeric based formulas at

New Dr. Formulated supplements for intestinal health.

NEW Dr. Formulated Line - Maintaining Proper Intestinal Flora in Summer
During my attendance of Garden Of Life's Blogger Summit, we were treated to several educational presentations highlighting the importance of proper intestinal flora. They've just come out with a Dr. Formulated line which I am taking plus digestive enzymes in chewable form. All the vitamin supplements in the world will do no good if you can not absorb them. 

Shopping Whole Foods with other journalists at Garden of Life's Summit
Likewise having diversity in intestinal bacteria means a healthier mind and body. This is because many types of intestinal "bugs" (the good ones anyway) can mimic or act as hormones and neurotransmitters which are needed by the brain. Others support a healthy immune system. The two new products I'm trying are:  Dr. Formulated Probiotics Mood + which has 16 Probiotic Strains and Dr. Formulated Enzymes Organic Digest + with 29 organic fruits, veggies and 120,000 units of papain. Find these newly launched supplements at Whole Foods nationwide or visit online at Garden of Life.
Stay Hydrated! Zero Water's Filtration Tumbler
Zero Water 26 oz Tumbler with Filter
Talk about pure water to go! Zero Water is well known for their filters but this is a welcome addition to the portable systems out there. This easy to use tumbler accommodates a 5 stage filter which removes 99.6% of dissolved solids and fluoride that other bottle filters leave behind.
Take it to the gym and it transforms water fountain water into something you'd actually want to drink. Take it on a park ride or hike and it will work on public water fountains too. If you know there is a potable water source at your destination, you don't need to haul quite as much. Just pack this Zero Water Tumbler and filter as you go. Easy. Available at most retail stores or check them out online at

Training for my ride!

Want to Ride With Me?  Rapha Women's 100 Sponsorships are OPEN
I am accepting a limited number of elite, fitness related sponsors for the upcoming Rapha Women's 100 Cycling Sportive on July 26th, 2015. Companies interested in supporting/advertising with me on this ride should get in touch as soon as possible via email at:

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