Celebration Ride

I got to ride Boulder to Estes Boomerang 200k Permanent on possibly the most beautiful day in Colorado this November. The route starts in Boulder and heads up Thompson Canyon through Drake to Estes Park, with final miles on beautiful Valmont Rd. It was great to see lots of cyclists out enjoying the nice weather!

Route on RideWithGPS (About 6000ft of climbing on my GPS, not 7600!)
RUSA listing
Ride info on RMCC permanents page

Homemade energy bars

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I’ve experimented with several different kinds of homemade energy bar recipes, but these are the only ones worthy of offering to others. They’re basically a mix of cereal/fruit/nut stuck together with nut butter and rice syrup. I started with this recipe from The Vegan Delicious blog. You might be able to skip the baking step, but it helps the bars hold together.

  • 1/2 c. almond butter
  • 1/2 c. rice syrup
  • 1/2 c. Perky’s Nutty Flax Cereal
  • 1/2 c. puffed millet
  • 1/3 c. toasted pecans
  • 1/3 c. dried blueberries
  • 1/4 c. dried cherries
  • 1/3 c. raisins
  • 1/3 c. chopped dates
  • 1/3 c. chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 9×13 or 8×8 baking pan with coconut oil. Pan size doesn’t really matter. You’ll have thicker bars with a smaller pan. Mix almond butter and rice syrup. Add cereal and coat well. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Use a metal spatula to press mixture into pan. Bake for 5-10 min. Remove from oven and use spatula to further compress bars. Press the mixture into the pan well. Otherwise you’ll have crumbles instead of bars. Allow to cool and cut.

Homemade Energy Bar

My favorite dessert

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This is my favorite dessert and post workout recovery snack. It has a good carb:protein ration and takes about 1 minute to prepare!

  1. Pour frozen blueberries into bowl
  2. Spoon Whole Soy Co yogurt over blueberries
  3. Sprinkle with diced, raw organic almonds (in the bulk section at Vitamin Cottage)

Blueberry, yogurt, almond parfait

If you have time, and you really want to make this special, set the bowl with frozen blueberries on the counter for 5-10 minutes before adding yogurt.

Any flavor of Whole Soy Co. yogurt is good. I usually choose vanilla. In the USA, the only good vegan yogurt I’ve found is Whole Soy Co. It has a great, creamy texture, not at all gelatinous. Of the others I’ve tried, only Silk is even edible. But comparing Silk to Whole Soy Co. is like comparing lemon Jello® to Ciao Bella lemon sorbet.

You can try other fruit too. Frozen cherries are the best, but they seem to have been unavailable for several months. Toasted pecans are a good alternative to almonds and especially yummy with cherries.