The Asphalt Green Women’s Cycling Team was so pleased to announce our partnership with Zing Bars for the 2013 season. Their support of women’s cycling and their dedication to a COMPLETE nutrition bar really hit home for us, and we are proud to be using Zing bars throughout the season to fuel before, during and after our rides.
AG rider, Meghan Schloat, brought these bars to our attention and we have been so pleased with the multitude of flavors, the taste, the rich nutritional content and more. Read below for Meghan’s quick review on what attracted her to Zing and why their bars fit seamlessly into the nutritional needs of all of the athletes on the Asphalt Green Cycling Team.
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Meghan Schloat’s Zing Bars Review
I first discovered Zing bars last spring, after my mom purchased a box from her local health food store in upstate New York. While home visiting my parents one weekend (and promptly discovering an empty fridge), I opened the cabinet to find Cashew Cranberry Orange bars. After one bite I was hooked. I began eating Zing bars as a mid-morning snack, but it wasn’t long before I started using them as an energy source on long, endurance rides, too.
Cyclists face unique nutritional challenges in comparison to other athletes. During a typical road race we’re pushing our bodies to the max for hours on end and must constantly take in calories to fuel our muscles—all while traveling at 20+ mph inches away from our fellow competitors. Eat too much and you can suffer a debilitating upset stomach. Eat too little and you risk “bonking,” a state of extreme physical (and even mental) fatigue brought on by excessive depletion of one’s energy stores. Needless to say, my teammates and I are constantly trying to fine-tune our on-the-bike nutrition, whether for a race, a long endurance ride, or even a short weekday workout.
Throughout my experimentation with different types of food on the bike, I have found Zing bars to be an ideal fuel source for long, low-intensity endurance rides. By combining all-natural low-glycemic carbohydrates (agave nectar, oats, and fruit) with a moderate amount of protein per serving, Zing bars deliver a continuous source of energy without spiking blood sugar. I find them to be a happy medium between a fast-acting sports gel and a dense protein bar. Best of all, Zing bars’ soft, chewy texture make them easy to break apart and eat while riding.
Besides being gentle on my tummy, Zing bars also provide nutritional piece of mind. They’re made from all natural, hormone-free, and antibiotic-free ingredients. That means no high-fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or chemical preservatives. Zing bars are also gluten free, and four flavors recently received Non-GMO Project certification (http://www.nongmoproject.org/), with the remaining four pending approval. A typical bar contains ~10-13 grams of protein, ~7-10 grams of fat, and ~21-27 grams of low-glycemic carbohydrates.
If you’re interested in trying out these amaZINGly tasty and nutritious bars, visit zingbars.com and tell them AG Cycling sent you! The promo code “AG4Zing” will get you a 15% discount at checkout.