Cycling Nutrition: Magic Beans
If we had to pick a fuel champion for cyclists, beans would be the clear winner. Not only are they versatile, tasty, and easy on the wallet, says sports nutritionist Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, “they provide protein, fiber, minerals, antioxidants, and slow-burning carbs.” In fact, few foods cram so many ride-fueling nutrients into so few calories. Here are five ways beans will improve your riding. —Kelly Bastone
Black and Pinto Beans
They’ll help you get lean
Both contain about 19 grams of fiber
per one-cup serving, which keeps you feeling fuller, longer—and helps stave off late-night refrigerator raids
. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that frequent bean eaters have smaller waistlines and are 22 percent less likely to be obese.