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Skratch Labs Feed Zone Portables Cookbook
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- Author: Dr. Allen Lim, chef Biju Thomas
- ISBN#: 978-1937715007
- Publisher: Velo Press
- Publication Date: 4/18/2013
- Jacket: hardcover
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From the minds of food gurus Dr. Allen Lim and chef Biju Thomas comes the Skatch Labs Feed Zone Portables Cookbook, which offers 75 easy-to-make recipes that are delicious, nutritious, and ready to eat on-the-go. The cookbook includes information concerning why each dish is suited for physical activity, and includes full-color photography alongside the recipe's complete nutritional data. The authors also feature over 50 vegetarian recipes and 50 gluten-free recipes, so there's something tasty for everyone.
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The second step was to purchase a rice cooker from Amazon which I strongly recommend doing.
The first quarter of this book is dedicated to an enlightening lecture on sports nutrition. I was already familiar with much of the information here but it was nice to see the science behind what I had learned the hard way. The only thing I disagree with here is the stress on sodium over potassium in dealing with cramping. Otherwise it is spot on.
The rest of the book is recipes. I have tried two of the rice recipes so far - polenta is next.
The first recipe was the swiss rice recipe which had no flavor at all - even half way through an 80 mile ride. I added a few drops of soy sauce infused with white pepper to each bar to make it edible. The texture and energy boost were great but it needed twice the flavor ingredients.
The second recipe was the blue berry and chocolate rice bar which scores 10 out of 10. It is perfect. Excellent flavor and texture and a real energy boost. I did some math and I reckon each two-bite bar costs about 15 cents to make and has about 60 calories. So two of these cost 30 cents and have about the same calories as a $1.50 energy bar but taste delicious and are made from purely natural and fresh ingredients. It's a no-brainer.
The third recipe I tried was for Swiss frittata which are great. The recipe instructs you to remove as much oil from the sauted ingredients as possible. This is really important - I could have removed more and my frittatas had a slightly greasy texture when cold but the flavor was wonderful.
The fourth recipe I tried was for individual bread puddings. Basically it's bread, eggs, milk, sugar, and cinnamon. It's really easy and it gave me 12 lovely little treats. My wife has been eating them for breakfast. I'm going to ride up to the top of a mountain once I finish updating this review and I'm taking a frittata and a bread budding to treat myself at the top. It's a lot better motivation than an energy bar.
I am totally sold on this book.I would recommend it to anyone.
The rice recipes call for 3 cups of uncooked rice or combination of grains. This makes a huge amount of food. I am halving the quantities while I am experimenting.
I see nothing about the storage or transportation of the food. Is it safe to have a rice bar wrapped in foil in my jersey pocket for 12 hours in the heat? I don't know and the book doesn't say. I froze some rice bars and they were still pretty good when thawed out but they had lost some flavor.
My challenge was simple: find a small food to carry on the trail, high in carbs, easy to digest, and bonus points for a bit of protein to help keep my muscles from cannibalizing themselves. I just want to drink water and eat real food.
I found a gold mine.
The book not only list calories and breakdown of macro nutrients per recipie, but mostly contain easy to digest foods, and some even look pretty tasty. The expirament is underway, and it's more then I could have hoped for.
I switched to using the recipes in this book for food on the road, and using the drink powder devised by Alan Kim, one of the authors. His Skratch drink powder does not have protein, and it contains natural ingredients,and is easy on the stomach.
With this regimen I am well-fed on the road and don't get upset stomach. Not only am I well-fed, but I'm enjoying really good food. I will be riding my bike and thinking about the food down in my jersey pocket. Eating these is the only time I eat California cuisine without having to leave a tip! And there's a great variety of portable food in the book. Don't read it when you're hungry.
Now, realize, these are not as "portable" as sports bars. But it's worth having bulging jersey pockets for the significant advantages.
The recipes as read in the book make on the average 15-20 servings. More than needed for one ride, so I freeze them. I've been known to raid my freezer for one of these for a snack at home. You will need a cupcake pan for many of the recipes. I use two cupcake pans to handle the volume.
The content is great, too. I'm not far enough along in my study of nutrition to really critique the book's veracity, but I can say that the recipes taste great and "work" for me on the bike.