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Biking the Century: 5 snacks to pack

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

By: Jeff Ash


We’ll have rest stops along the way as you ride in the BayCare Clinic Century Bayshore to Lakeshore cycling tour on Saturday, June 3, but in between those stops, you’re on your own for refueling.

 

Here are five snacks you may wish to bring along, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Carbohydrates fuel your body. Don’t ride on empty.

 

  1. Potassium and carbs in bananas provide as much power to your muscles while cycling as commercial sports drinks.
  2. PB&J. This humble sandwich packs a double punch of power – carbs from bread, jam or honey and protein and fats from peanut butter. Make a sandwich and cut it into four pieces. Alternatives include a tortilla instead of bread for a more compact, finger-friendly snack and almond butter or sunflower butter for those allergic to peanuts.
  3. Trail mix. Another power combo providing energy, vitamin E and magnesium. Raisins, prunes and dried apricots also provide potassium. Dried fruits and nuts provide carbs.
  4. Water and more. Double up if you’re riding for more than an hour. Take a bottle of water and a bottle of sports drink, then sip often, alternating between the two. A do-it-yourself alternative to sports drinks: Black or green iced tea plus a splash of juice, some sugar and a pinch of salt.
  5. Energy bars. Convenient but costly. Those with whole grains, dried fruits and nuts are best.

Have a few bites of snacks and a few sips of water or sports drink every 15 to 20 minutes while you’re riding. Plan accordingly, packing more snacks than you think you’ll need.

 

The BayCare Clinic Century offers scenic 20-, 60- and 100-mile courses through Brown, Kewaunee and Door counties for riders of all ages and skill levels. Registration is open.

 

The ride is sponsored by the BayCare Clinic Foundation and is part of the BayCare Clinic Bikes fitness and wellness initiative. BayCare Clinic Bikes promotes bicycling as a healthy, family-friendly activity. Efforts are aimed toward increasing bicycling and advocating for bicycling safety throughout northeastern Wisconsin.

 

All proceeds from the ride will go to the BayCare Clinic Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which supports causes and organizations that promote improved health and livelihood in northeastern Wisconsin.

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