Article – Citizens Times, Asheville, NC
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10:42 a.m. EST January 28, 2016


ASHEVILLE – Professional cyclo-cross racer Ally Stacher knows what it takes to fuel a body for the pounding, punishing,

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calorie-sucking energy needed to ride at the highest levels in the sport.

She also knows she doesn’t care for nutrition bars filled with unrecognizable ingredients that leave a cardboard aftertaste. So the high-energy, enterprising cyclist started making her own nutrition bars, which has grown into a full-time business called Ally’s Bar.

A pro cyclist since 2010, Stacher was searching for a “real food” option to fuel her long training rides and races. She competes around the world for Stan’s No Tubes Racing Team, and lives in Horse Shoe with her husband, United Healthcare Team cyclist John Murphy.

Not happy with the preservative-, sugar- and calorie-laden nutrition bars on the market, she took to her kitchen.

“I have a passion for food. I love making food from scratch. What you put in your body is what you’re going to get out,” said Stacher, 28. “I wasn’t overly impressed with a lot of the ingredients with the bars out there. I wanted something a little better and a little more real food.”

When her in-laws gave Stacher a dehydrator as a Christmas gift one year, the magic was sparked.

“Ally said she wanted to make us something that was good for fuel while training. She bought all the ingredients that would taste good and be fuel efficient,” said Murphy, 31. “She started with the sweet potato – it’s an amazing carb, a good binding agent for making it all come together, and it tastes good.

“We agreed it would be an awesome fuel and added all nuts and berries to make it taste exquisite. She gave it that ‘wow’ effect when you eat it.”

The recipe didn’t take too long to perfect. Starting with an organic sweet potato base, the ingredients are all pronounceable – and recognizable. Organic goodies such as dates, cashews, almonds, quinoa, cranberries and coconut oil. Oh, and they are also kosher, non-GMO, vegan and gluten-free.

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