When Dr. Allen Lim left the lab to work with pro cyclists, he found athletes weary of processed bars and gels and the same old pasta. So Lim joined professional chef Biju Thomas to make eating delicious and practical. When the menu changed, no one could argue with the race results. Their groundbreaking Feed Zone Cookbook brought the favorite recipes of the pros to everyday athletes.

In their new cookbook Feed Zone Portables, Chef Biju and Dr. Lim offer 75 all-new portable food recipes for cyclists, runners, triathletes, mountain bikers, climbers, hikers, and backpackers. Each real food recipe is simple, delicious during exercise, easy to make—and ready to go on your next ride, run, climb, hike, road trip, or sporting event.

Feed Zone Portables expands on the most popular features of The Feed Zone Cookbook with more quick and easy recipes for athletes, beautiful full-color photographs of every dish, complete nutrition data, tips on why these are the best foods for athletes, and time-saving ways on how to cook real food every day.

In his introduction to Feed Zone Portables, Dr. Lim makes the case for real food as a more easily digestible, higher-performance source of energy than prepackaged fuel products. He shows how much athletes really need to eat and drink at different exercise intensities and in cold or hot weather. Because the body burns solid and liquid foods differently, Lim defines a new approach for athletes to drink for hydration and eat real food for energy.

Feed Zone Portables includes

  • 75 all-new recipes that taste great during exercise: Rice Cakes, Two-Bite Pies, Griddle Cakes, Waffles, Baked Eggs, Sticky Bites, Rice Balls, Ride Sandwiches, Baked Cakes, and Cookies
  • A smart introduction on how real food works better for athletes
  • More than 50 no-fuss gluten-free recipes, including great-tasting cookies and cakes
  • More than 50 vegetarian recipes

With the recipes, ideas, and guidance in Feed Zone Portables, athletes will nourish better performance with real food and learn to prepare their own creations at home or on the go. Try out sample recipes at feedzonecookbook.com.

Forewords by Taylor Phinney and Tim Johnson
Hardcover with full-color interior. Photographs throughout.
6 5/8″ x 8 ¼”, 288 pp., $24.95, 9781937715007

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Foreword by Taylor Phinney
Foreword by Tim Johnson

Introduction by Allen Lim
Do You Really Need to Eat That?
Hydration: Why Sweat Matters
Do We Drink or Eat Our Calories?
Why Solid Food Is Not the Same as Liquid Food
What Makes a Great Portable?

Portables Recipes
Rice Cakes
Baked Eggs
Two-Bite Pies
Baked Cakes & Cookies
Griddle Cakes, Pancakes & Waffles
Aha! Portables
Take & Make

A: Nutrition Facts for Recipes
B: Nutrition Facts for Additions & Alternatives
C: Conversions

About the Authors

 Praise for this book

“A book like this is invaluable. Whether you’re like me or just a casual Sunday cyclist, you’re going to love Feed Zone Portables. You will be rewarding your body with the goodness within these pages. Don’t be surprised if you ride longer and harder than ever before.” — Taylor Phinney, professional cyclist for BMC Racing Team and 2-time Olympian

“My gold medal ride in London was fueled by Biju’s Oatmeal. I told Allen to change the name to Gold Medal Oatmeal. It took a team to win—I left my nutrition to the experts and they left the ride to me.” — Kristin Armstrong, professional cyclist and 2-time Olympic gold medalist, 2-time UCI World Time Trial Champion

“Good food may only be a portion of what it takes to ride professionally, but to me it has been truly life changing. Eating real, flavorful, and simple food was a revelation.” — Tim Johnson, professional cyclist for Cannondale P/B Cyclocrossworld.com

Feed Zone Portables introduces an entirely new genre of food for training and exercise, fit for the road, trail, snow, or anything in between. Take a few minutes to cook yourself with real food and you will notice the benefits in both flavor and your performance.” — Timmy Duggan, professional cyclist for Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff, USPRO National Champion and Olympian

“Having personally handed out hundreds of Feed Zone rice cakes to some of the best athletes on the planet, I can attest that there is a direct correlation between these portables and improved performance and recovery. Simply put, this is very healthy, creative food developed by smart people who care…and the taste is sublime!” — Davis Phinney, Olympic bronze medalist, USPRO National Champion, 2-time Tour de France stage winner

“After being introduced to The Feed Zone, I began to realize there was another way to eat that actually nourished me as an athlete. I didn’t have to live off of processed bars, which dehydrated me and upset my stomach.” — Matt Segal, professional rock climber for North Face Athlete Team

“Recipes from Feed Zone are my new, not-so-secret training tool. They deliver huge taste and even bigger performance benefits.” — Rebecca Rusch, professional cyclist and 4-time winner Leadville Trail 100, 3-time 24-Hour Solo Mountain Bike World Champion

“I was absolutely thrilled when a cycling-specific cookbook came out to fit my lifestyle. I cook religiously from the Feed Zone. My diet doesn’t have to be boring or austere to go fast. In fact, I go way faster when I’m happy, and good food makes me happy.” — Lea Davison, professional cyclist, Olympian, and U.S. Short Track National Championship Bronze Medalist

“I never bonk when I have rice cakes in my pocket.” — Evelyn Stevens, professional cyclist for Team Specialized-lululemon, 2-time U.S. national time trial champion

“Training is a good excuse to inhale more of the goodness coming out of Biju’s oven. These recipes are easy, tasty, effective, and made with real love for sport and food.” — George Bennett, professional cyclist for RadioShack-Leopard-Trek Pro Cycling Team

“On the national team we work with high-school and college-aged athletes who typically don’t have the knowledge, experience, or cooking skills to prepare healthy, nutritious food. Allen and Biju have written a cookbook that changes that and makes cooking fun and simple to learn.” — Jim Miller, USA Cycling National Team Leader