Proper nutrition is key to enduring long bike rides. It’s one thing to be into this sport to stay healthy. It’s another to totally skip on foods that will amplify your exercise.
Road Bike Adventure has already told us how cycling can help us lose weight. Now it’s up to us to maintain a good riding diet.
It’s essential to eat right during your ride. Otherwise, you’re going to do more harm than good to your body. The good news is you shouldn’t be stuck with protein bars. There are plenty of snacks you can munch on while sweating it out on wheels.
Here’s a list to get you started.
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
If today’s session will go on for hours, you’ll need something to eat on your break. One that you don’t have to feel guilty about bringing is the good ol’ PB&J. Peanut butter provides enough fat and protein, both of which you will need as a source of energy. The bread makes for a good dose of carbohydrates, which you also need to power through your journey.
There are tons of good reasons why nuts should be your ride snack. First, they’re not perishable. You can simply keep them in stock in a frame bag and never have to worry about them spoiling. Second, nuts are packed with protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals that will keep you on the move. These little guys will prevent you from feeling tired easily. Third, they’re quite convenient to nibble on while you’re cruising along the beach.
One of the reasons why some cyclists fail to eat healthy while riding is because they hate how certain snacks feel like astronaut grub. The food you eat shouldn’t be so bland and boring. In fact, dedicating a bit of time preparing your ride snacks can make all the difference. One of the best examples is to cook your own rice cake. You can make it with sticky rice, bacon, eggs and other ingredients. This way, you don’t have to feel as if eating is punishment. Plus, these rice cakes are incredibly convenient to bring along with you.
A recent study proved that bananas and sports drinks are equally capable of providing you with enough fuel to energize your muscles. As bikers, we can all agree that we need all the fuel we can get as pedal power. Bananas are a powerful source of potassium and carbohydrates, providing your muscles the extra push to keep moving forward.
You need to monitor your sugar levels while riding your bike. Otherwise, you could be burning yourself out. One of the best snacks to ensure you’re in tiptop shape is a pack of dried fruits. Other than boosting your sugar levels, they’re also a valued source of vitamins and minerals. Another plus side is you can always dry your own fruits at home.
The longer you pedal, the more you swill sweat. This makes you more vulnerable to dehydration. That’s why you should never neglect drinking water during your sessions. It’s one, if not the best ways to continuously power through your ride. Moreover, it replenishes you and leaves you feeling energized until the finish line.