Time to STP: 141 Days
Although you may be trying to trim up, I have found, you can't rely entirely on your typical caloric intake for the day to fuel your body. On a typical 1 hour ride, I burn around 660 calories. For someone in my age bracket, just to maintain, I should be eating around 2400 calories a day. If you want to lose weight, then the recommendation is cutting your caloric intake by around 500. So, even if I am trying to trim up a bit, I still need to consume around 2500 calories per day just to keep things working. It has been a terrifically interesting trying to learn these things as I am trying to not only shed a few pounds from when my daughter was born, but also feel more energized on a ride.
As an aside, I saw something at New Seasons the other day and wondered if I could replicate it. This is really a meal unto itself depending on your proportions, and will last for days.
2 Cups Quinoa (cooked)
1 Cup dried cranberries
1 bunch of spinach (chopped) or 1 cup of baby spinach
1 can chick peas
2 tbs pine nuts (optional)
2 tbs olive oil
Herbs to taste
Mix together and chill.
Serving size is what you like of it, but I found around a cup works good and puts you at around 300 calories, give or take.