Nutrition

Pickle juice, the cure for muscle cramps?

The exact cause of muscle cramps is not well understood and the cure is possibly more of a mystery. Many snake oils have been marketed to fitness fanatics, however new research, anecdotes and products have seen pickle juice on the rise as one of the most effective remedies. Does it work? Our diet and nutrition …

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Ella Eats: Mac ‘n’ cheese bolognese

At Ella, we are big fans of anything chef Biju Thomas and Dr. Allen Lim cook up. From Skratch Labs to rice cake portables to their cooking books, ride fuel just tastes better when it’s homemade. Here’s a recipe from their newest book, Feed Zone Table: an indulgent mac ‘n’ cheese recipe to please the whole …

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Ella Eats: Salmon Steak Sandwiches

At Ella, we are big fans of anything chef Biju Thomas and Dr. Allen Lim cook up. From Skratch Labs to rice cake portables to their cooking books, homemade ride fuel has never tasted so good. Their latest cookbook, however, focuses as much on good people as it does on good food. “Enjoying meals with …

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Boels-Dolmans’ recipe for success

The Boels-Dolmans team seems untouchable this season. They have won every event in the UCI Women’s WorldTour (WWT), and the series’ leader and world champion Lizzie Armitstead’s main competitor in the WWT rankings is her own teammate Chantal Blaak. While Wiggle High5’s Emma Johansson came close to taking a win away from Boels-Dolmans this past weekend, all other …

Loren Rowney and Gracie Elvin’s #CrepeMonday inauguration

Since about 2012, I have had an ongoing battle with my friend and fellow “Dutchie” (Yes, I hold a Dutch passport), Lauren Kitchen, about the definition of a pancake. It’s basically become a crepe vs. pancake debate.  Lauren has a pancake Sunday tradition with the Dutch relatives she lives with in Holland. Me being a massive …

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Ella Eats: Loren Rowney’s favourite pre, during and post-ride recipes

The thing I most look forward to in the day is breakfast. I’m thinking about breakfast when I go to bed at night. I just live for it! My go-to breakfast at the moment is a concoction of super foods plus a few of my fave ingredients. I’m obsessed with peanut butter, so that always …

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Hydration: the different needs of women

Do you have a strategic drinking plan for training and competing, or do you just drink to thirst? What do you drink and how does that impact your performance? Hydration is a complex topic, with even more complex physiology. Plus, women and men differ in their hydration needs during prolonged exercise. In fact, women are …

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Ella Eats: Bumper Banana Bread

Banana bread these days is more like a cake – it’s loaded with margarine, refined sugar and ‘fillers’. This recipe is the most popular recipe from my page and for good reason! It’s easy to make, tastes delicious and is the perfect treat to start the day or end a ride. I love mine toasted …

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Ella Eats: Carmen Small’s three favourite recovery recipes

A former US national time trial champion, UCI world champion bronze medalist and two-time team time trial world champion, Cervélo-Bigla’s Carmen Small knows a thing or two about the importance of recovering well. In addition to massages and rest, nutrition is key to rebuild your muscles. While Small’s prowess on the bike is well known, her second …

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