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Moisture Matters: Why Real Food Is Better than Sports Bars

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Real food and sports nutrition products are pretty similar except in one important way: The packaged products are very dry while real food contains a lot of water. In this new video from Skratch Labs, Lim demonstrates the difference between sports bars that contain 3-10% water by mass and the rice cakes found in Feed Zone Portables, which contain 60-80% water by mass.

Why Real Food Is Better than Gels, Blocks, and Sports Bars

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Dr. Allen Lim found that real food and sports nutrition products are pretty similar except in one important way: The packaged products are very dry while real food contains a lot of water.

A Feed Zone Approach to High-Carb, Low-Carb, Paleo, and Everything In Between

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A Feed Zone reader Tony H. asked, “For the past few months, I’ve adopted a more low-carb approach. I don’t mean a ketogenic diet, but I am limiting my carbs...Are there recipes in your cookbooks that are targeted toward low-carb athletes?”

How to Wrap a Round Portable Snack

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In this new video from Skratch Labs, chef Biju Thomas demonstrates how to wrap a round portable snack like Basic Baked Eggs.

Meet Chef Biju Thomas, The Man Who Feeds the Peloton

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This video The Man That Feeds the Peloton shows Biju explaining how he's not just cooking for riders or individual teams anymore. The Tour of California asked Biju to write up the menu for ALL the teams at the race. The Feed Zone approach is reaching more pros than ever.

How to Wrap Any Portable Snack

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In this video from Skratch Labs, Allen Lim demonstrates how his rice cake wrapping technique can wrap, well, pretty much any snack.

The Biggest Mistake in Triathlon: Drinking Your Calories

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Slowtwitch caught up with Dr. Allen Lim recently and asked him, in so many words, why he has devoted so much time to working with athletes on their nutrition. During the discussion, Lim reveals the biggest mistake most triathletes make: drinking their calories.

The Reinvention of Tim Johnson

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At Interbike last week, one of the VeloPress staff paid a visit to the Skratch Labs booth where Feed Zone Cookbook author Allen Lim was chatting with a bike shop retailer. He stood behind Allen, waiting to say hi, while the retailer thanked Allen for the book saying, "Your book changed my life! People ask me what I've done differently this year to make such a big difference in my racing, and I tell them I bought a cookbook!"

How to Eat Healthy While Traveling: Make a Feed Zone Travel Kitchen

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Pro cyclist Julian Kyer shares how he eats healthy while traveling using a mini "travel kitchen" he developed with Dr. Allen Lim.

Allen Lim’s Approach to Real Food for Athletes

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In short, Lim graduated with a doctorate in physiology and left the lab to work with pro cyclists. What he found was shocking: professional cyclists riding Grand Tours and eating breakfast cereal for dinner. They knew little about sports nutrition and nothing about cooking.

Try a Favorite Recovery Meal of Tour de France Riders: Feed Zone Chicken Fried Rice

The Feed Zone Cookbook recipe: Chicken Fried Rice FZC

Allen Lim and Biju Thomas have helped overhaul the way several professional cycling teams approach nutrition. During their time cooking at the Tour de France, Lim and Thomas discovered that one of the favorite dishes after finishing a stage was Lim's Chicken Fried Rice

What It Takes to Feed a Pro Cycling Team

Their Skratch Labs website has a super cool video series that shows what it takes to support a pro team during a stage race.

Why You Shouldn’t Drink All Your Calories

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Dr. Allen Lim performs a science experiment on eggs at Skratch Labs to demonstrate why athletes need to eat real food during exercise instead of drinking all their calories in the form of gels and high-calorie drink mixes.

Outside Magazine Declares: “Best Energy Bar Ever!”

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Outside Magazine Declares: "Best Energy Bar Ever!"

No Ghostwriters Here. Feed Zone Recipes Are Athlete-Tested and Approved.

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The New York Times has published a story by a cookbook ghostwriter that gives an interesting view into what we at VeloPress think is a bit of a strange corner of book publishing.

How Should Women Should Fuel Differently?

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Allen Lim answers questions about iron, bone density, and eating real food on this website for active women.

A Look Inside the New Skratch Labs (fka “Secret Drink Mix”)

Allen Lim and Biju Thomas are co-authors of The Feed Zone Cookbook, but they have day jobs, too. Lim has founded Skratch Labs, a company that aims to improve how athletes support their training and racing through better food and drinks.

How to Make — and Wrap — Allen Lim’s Rice Cakes

The Feed Zone Cookbook recipe Allen Lim's Bacon Egg Rice Cakes by Chef Biju Thomas and Dr. Allen Lim FZC

VeloNews.com has posted the last of its cooking show video series Inside the Feed Zone.

Inside the Feed Zone video series: Biju’s Oatmeal

The Feed Zone Cookbook recipe: Biju's Oatmeal by Chef Biju Thomas and Dr. Allen Lim FZC

Rice or pasta are common pre-race breakfast staples for professional cyclists, but at the 2011 Tour of California Chris Horner and the RadioShack team proved that oatmeal can be the breakfast of champions.

Feed Zone Recipe Video: Whole Roasted Chicken

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We here in The Feed Zone Cookbook Test Kitchen are big fans of Biju's Whole Roasted Chicken recipe.

VeloNews.com Goes Inside The Feed Zone with Video Series

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VeloNews.com has begun a video series on its website featuring Dr. Allen Lim and Chef Biju Tho

What Inspired The Feed Zone Cookbook? Dr. Allen Lim Shares His Story.

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When Dr. Allen Lim left the lab to work with pro cyclists, he found a peloton weary of food. For years the sport’s elite athletes had been underperforming on bland fare and processed bars and gels. Science held few easy answers for nutrition in the real world.

Pro Athletes Praise Allen Lim, Biju Thomas, and The Feed Zone Cookbook

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See what professional athletes have said about Dr. Allen Lim, chef Biju Thomas, and The Feed Zone Cookbook.

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