Smoothies aren't just tasty and über-trendy, they're also a great way of packing a serious amount of performance-enhancing nutrients into one delicious drink. Give your body a boost with one of our simple-to-make smoothies. All you need is a blender!
We've partnered with Olive magazine (also published by Immediate Media) to bring you the very best recipes for cyclists. All the recipes are easy to follow and take you through step-by-step how to create everything from homemade nutrition products to tasty and hearty post-ride meals.
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1. Breakfast smoothie bowl
Smoothies don't just come in glasses. This Instagram-worthy blended delight is packed full of tasty fruit and calcium-rich yoghurt. Get creative and top it with a range of fruit, veg and other healthy tidbits like bee pollen, chia seeds, maple syrup, goji berries, blueberries, cucumber and more. Then mix it all up together and eat it!
2. Strawberry and almond breakfast smoothie
With nuts, oats and bananas, this smoothie makes for a tasty, protein-rich start to the day, but it's equally suited to post-ride recovery. The bananas and oats provide slow-release carbohydrates, and the honey and strawberries add natural sugar for an energy hit.
3. Frozen orange and mango smoothie
When you're hot and sweaty after a hard ride, an icy milkshake or drink can be sorely tempting. Get your slushy fix and added vitamins by whipping up this tasty treat.
One extra tip is to substitute fresh mango for a frozen mango and banana fruit mix, or something similar. They last for ages, are perfect for giving you that cooling icy blast, and can work out cheaper.
4. Morning smoothie
Mango, banana, orange juice, honey. Simple! If you're in a rush in the morning this is a great option for starting your day. The banana has slow-release carbohydrates, and the sugar in the orange juice, mango and honey will give you some get-up-and-go energy.
5. Supergreen smoothie
Don't let the green colour put you off — this smoothie is seriously good. With loads of green vegetables including spinach, cucumber and avocado, plus a dash of green fruit too form of kiwi and lime, it packs a serious protein punch. Whip it up for breakfast or as a post-ride pick me up.
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