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.
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.
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...
Thumb size piece of ginger
Handful of berries (e.g blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
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.
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
Superfood option: Wheatgrass or Spirulina
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.
1 Handful Spinach
1 Tablespoon Almond Butter
2 Tablespoons Greek Yogurt
1 Dash Honey
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.
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)
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.
200ml Planted based milk (coconut milk, almond milk)
2 handfuls of spinach
1 heaped tbsp cashew butter
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.