Editor's note: we all have pretty cool jobs that give us access to the best in sports nutrition. Here is a post from Feed co-founder Bryan about what's in his feed this month (and why)! At this time of year, I'm riding my bike less, doing more running and cross training in preparation for ski season. I do everything that I can to use the fall season to work on strength and conditioning...something that I neglect during the summer bike riding season. If you've been following along at home, my experiment to go "sugar free" has pretty much fallen apart. How could I pass up pumpkin pie? I'm sure I'll try again, but for now, I'm definitely not sugar free! In contrast to summer months, my feed for the early winter is most focused on great bars for snacking, hydration and recovery products. Bars: Variety is the spice of life.
  • Gather Bar. I love this bar because it's a great snack that won't leave me starving 1 hour later. Really solid ingredient list as well. Ingredients are something I ALWAYS consider.
  • Simple Squares. Very similar to Gather, although these bars tend to be sweeter...more dessert like.
  • Kakookies. Because sometimes you just need a cookie!
  • Rodeo Trail Nuggets. Simply delicious...and I love dates. Great ingredient list.
  • Vega One Bar. I am terrible at waking up early to cook breakfast, so I'll grab this on the go as meal replacement once a week.
  • ProBar Bite. Good bike riding food for low intensity 2-3 hour rides.
  • Bonk Breaker PB & Banana. Good pre-workout food when you're on the go and can't eat a full meal pre-workout.
  • Harmony Bar. This one is pretty indulgent...I don't NEED to eat 300 calories in a bar, but they taste so good!
Recovery: Vega for complete, plant based protein.
  • Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator. I feel great after having this post-workout. It's relatively low calorie which allows me to eat a full meal without maxing out with too many calories.
  • Vega Protein Smoothie. Great for shakes. I like to add 1 banana, and a solid pour of maple syrup if I'm glycogen deficient.
  • Krave Jerky. Tastes so good...and I'm not a vegetarian! Get the chili lime beef jerky, you won't regret it.
Hydration: Skratch Labs Exercise Mix
  • Although I should probably use Skratch's daily hydration with fewer calories, I'm addicted to the lemons and limes exercise hydration mix. I'm ok adding some additional calories to my diet at this time of year IF it's also keeping my hydration levels up.
Supplements: Caffeine!
  • If caffeine is bad for me (which it isn't), I don't want to know what's right. Fine...call me an addict, whatever, I'm still drinking Boxcar coffee in the morning and probably having a Guayaki Yerba Mate in the afternoon. I don't have enough will power to give these things up!