We've been creating the annual gift guide since 2009! We don't accept compensation nor any other form of payment for inclusion. Our list represents items that our Athletic-Minded Traveler Team really likes. We strive to recommend something for everybody on YOUR list. So let us help you with your holiday shopping! Click here to see our previous years' lists.
Just when we think we have the energy/protein bar question answered, we learn that one of the most common energy bar protein sources, soy protein isolate (SPI), is inferior to casein, whey & rice. If you have followed our data driven analyses, you know that we select our athletic-minded favorites based on taste, nutrition, ingredients AND the DATA!! See our last article here.
Your Oatmeal Questions Answered
Steel Cut, Old Fashioned Flakes, Instant? What is the best oatmeal choice when I am making oatmeal at home? And what about instant flavored "packets" of oatmeal? Are they nutritionally bankrupt? And last, how about the oatmeal offered at fast food joints? Thumbs up or down?
We look at the variety of oatmeal available at stores, share our oatmeal recipe, and delve into what is offered "on the road."
Oats at the Grocery Store (Home Base)
Wow! That was our reaction when we tried out the Caesar Parmigiano Yogurt salad dressing from Bolthouse Farms. We are salad connoisseurs and sampling dressings is a team hobby. But we refuse to stock our fridge with any calorie, salt or sugar bombs. The result is that many dressings under perform in our rigorous taste tests.
Active parents mean active kids right? And cycling is a great family activity, even for the little ones. We recently recommended the iBert Safe-T-Seat in our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide, but now we have fully tested the seat. And we're pleased that our recommendation stands!
First, a few product notes:
During several recent trips to Europe—Amsterdam in particular—we have returned home with bike envy. While American mountain and road cycling interest and participation are now comparable to the Europeans, commuter bikes are far more popular overseas. In particular, the family-friendly “cargo bike” caught our eye as a practical and fun way to pedal around our hometown. Only one problem: cargo bikes were not yet being sold in the U.S. And, purchasing one in Amsterdam and shipping it to San Diego wo