When you’re short on time, or fancy something tasty that’s quick to whiz up, smoothies are just the ticket. Add loads of fruit, a few vegetables and a handful of oats, and you’ve got the perfect pre- or post-ride drink, whether you’re looking to fuel or recover.
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.
One of the fun things about making smoothies is experimentation — you can blend pretty much anything together.
However, that doesn’t necessarily mean it will taste nice! Spinach and pear = delicious. Beetroot and banana = not so delicious.
So while we advocate a little kitchen-based creativity, if you’re after something that’s guaranteed to taste good then check our our lip-smacking smoothie recipes below.
Healthy coconut smoothie
Top tip: turn this smoothie into delicious ice lollies! Just get yourself a lolly mould, pour in the smoothie mix, add sticks, then freeze. So, next time you’re hot after riding in the sunshine you’ll have an icy treat waiting for you.
Turmeric and mango lassi
The turmeric is an interesting addition. Widely regarded as a ‘superfood’, there is indeed some clinical evidence that it — or, to be more accurate the curcumin it contains — has anti-inflammatory effects.
Two-tone freezer smoothie
There’s also kiwi, apple, blueberries and lime in this fancy smoothie, and while you can just blend everything up together, it looks much more impressive if you take the time to make two blends and layer them.
The perfect drink for impressing your cycling buddies post-ride when they pop back to yours for a drink, maybe?
Almond milk smoothie
You can also make this up the night before a busy day, so in the morning all you need to do is grab and go.
Strawberry and almond breakfast smoothie
Get yourself a glass of green goodness!
This is the perfect way to get a load of refreshing green veg into you, especially if you don’t fancy eating them the savoury way.
This smoothie blends cucumber, avocado and spinach with kiwi and a dash of lime juice.
It’s quite possibly the perfect way to wake your taste buds in the morning, or pick yourself up after a long, hot ride.