With the rise of kitchen gadgets like the Nutribullet becoming kitchen staples, smoothies are a really popular way to get all your nutrients into one hit and drink it on the go. All you need is a blender, the ingredients and some top recipes - and your morning nutrition is sorted.

Could Beetroot Improve your Cycling?

Smoothies are good option for cyclists who are going on an early ride and don't have time to wolf down a breakfast. Prepare a smoothie before you go to bed and you can just grab it in the morning as you're pulling on your kit and pumping up your tyres, safe in the knowledge you'll have all the energy you need in the saddle.

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Here are some nutritious options that will give you the hit you need in the morning.

Beetroot Performance Smoothie

Beetroot has some really positive health benefits and some studies have shown some marked improvements in the performance of athletes who drink it regularly.

Here's a recipe that combines beetroot and also tastes delicious...

beetroot juice

Ingredients:

1x apple

1x beetroot

1x carrot

Thumb size piece of ginger

Handful of berries (e.g blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)

Coconut water

Could Beetroot improve your cycling?

Method:

Pop all the ingredients into a blender and top up with coconut water. Blend and enjoy. A good tip is to freeze the berries so they act as a way to chill the smoothie.

Superfood Green Smoothie Bowl

We think this smoothie bowl by Lucy Pemberton Platt is technically too pretty to eat. It's also packed with goodness and might be a good option if you have friends over for breakfast and you want to impress them with something a bit different.

super green smoothie bowl

Ingredients:

200ml Unsweetened Almond Milk

1 frozen Banana

A handful of spinach

1 tbsp smooth peanut butter

1/4 ripe avocado

1 tbsp flaxseed

1/4 tsp cinnamon

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Toppings:

Granola

Desiccated coconut

Chia seeds

Method:

Blend the banana and avocado with the milk first, then add smooth peanut butter. Next add the spinach, flaxseed, wheatgrass, spirulina and cinnamon. For an artistic touch, sprinkle the toppings in neat rows along the side.

Post-Workout Banana Smoothie

This smoothie is a perfect post-workout drink, rich in protein for muscle repair. The honey, creamy yoghurt and banana combination will also fill you up after expending all that energy during your workout.

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Ingredients:

1 Handful Spinach

1 Banana

1 Tablespoon Almond Butter

2 Tablespoons Greek Yogurt

1 Dash Honey

Coconut water

Recipe: Banana Boost Cake

Method:

Fill the blender with the ingredients and top up with coconut water.

Gluten Free Fruity Oat Smoothie

For those of us that can't eat gluten, here's an energy-inducing cinnamon and pear oat smoothie that won't aggravate your intolerance.

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Ingredients:

3/4 of a pear

1/4 of a cup of gluten free rolled oats

1 tsp of ground cinnamon

1/2 of a cup of Greek yoghurt (we used plain)

3/4 of a cup of non-fat milk (you can also use coconut milk for this)

Gluten Free Recipe: Granola Power Bar

Method:

Add all the ingredients in a blender and Bob's your uncle.

Creamy Mango Breakfast Smoothie

Green juices and smoothies have taken off in recent years, replacing the fruit-heavy concoctions with a more nutrient-filled vegetable variety giving them that intense colour. Here's another guest recipe from Lucy Pemberton Platt for a green juice that also tastes delicious thanks to the mango.

mango smoothie

Ingredients:

200ml Planted based milk (coconut milk, almond milk)

2 handfuls of spinach

1 banana

1/2 mango

1 heaped tbsp cashew butter

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Method:

Put the milk in first with the banana and mango and blend these together. Then add the cashew butter and spinach and blend for a good few minutes so it’s completely smooth.

For more recipes check out our training and nutrition page.