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Got yourself a NutriBullet this Christmas, and then left it gathering dust on the shelf? Dust if off!

Smoothies make great pre-ride fuel (especially if you struggle with breakfast), post-ride recovery drinks, and they can be perfect ways to boost your energy when the mid-afternoon cravings gnaw at your tummy as well.

Different Diets Explained

There are hundreds of recipes around - most of which can be tailored to meet the ingredients you happen to have available, too.

We've pulled together some of the most nutritious recipes for NutriBullets (though you can probably use your mum's blender, too..).

jolt

Have you got an energetic ride home planned after work? Or perhaps you already got your exercise in, and now you're finding it hard to stay alert at your desk? This tasty jolt will certainly help!

Cacao - chocolate in its purest form - is a great energy booster that contains antioxidants and helps balance blood sugar, as well as being rich in magnesium and iron. This is mixed with coffee for the ultimate boost.

Ingredients:

  • ½ Cup Raspberries
  • 1 Tablespoon Cacao
  • 1 Handful Hazelnuts
  • ¼ Cup Coffee
  • Fill the blender cup to the max with Almond Milk

Add all the solid ingredients, pour the liquids in until you reach the max line, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

beet

Love it or hate it, Beetroot contains a high concentration of nitrates - and studies have shown it can even reduce the amount of oxygen needed to sustain intense exercise. This basically means efficiency and tolerance is increased, as is endurance. Purple and tangy as it may be - Beetroot is your friend.

This recipe uses Beetroot, plus energy providing bananas and the NutriBullet SuperBoost, which contains cacao, chia, maca and goji - though you could skip this if it isn't in your cupboard.

Ingredients

  • 1 Handful Spinach
  • 1 Handful Mixed Berries
  • 1 Chunk Beet
  • 1 Tablespoon SuperFood SuperBoost
  • Fill the blender cup to the max with Coconut Water
  • ½ Banana

Mix these up in your blender until smooth - and drink it down before your next training session, or race...

nutribullet

Tough rides can cause muscle damage and inflammation - a sign that you've worked hard, but not one you want to hang around!

The ingredients in this smoothie - specifically leafy green kale, walnuts and spicy tumeric - are great for helping to calm down inflammation, making this a treat for for muscles.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Kale
  • Half a cup of Frozen Blueberries
  • Half a cup of Frozen Cherries
  • 1 Tablespoon Flax Seeds
  • 10 Walnut Halves
  • 1 Chunk Turmeric
  • Fill the blender to the max with Coconut Water

Whizz up these ingredients for 35 seconds, or until smooth - and enjoy!

Do it Yourself Nutrition for Cycling

post workout blast nutribullet

After a good workout you need protein, to help restore muscles, carbohydrates, to replace used up glycogen stores, and electrolytes - lost though sweat.

This smoothie contains all of those goodies - and the banana and honey mix, with creamy yogurt to top it off, will probably be pretty appetizing, too!

Just add the solids, and fill your cup with coconut water, before blending until smooth:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Handful Spinach
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Tablespoon Almond Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Dash Honey
  • Fill the blender cup to the max with Coconut Water

hydrating smoothie

The sun is out - and that's great news for most cyclists - long rides into the evening, early morning excursions before the rest of the world wakes up. Warm weather, however, means you'll be sweating more.

This fruity smoothie is designed to be consumed after exercise, to help replace glycogen stores with a (naturally) sugary selection of treats, as well as lost salts.

Add all the ingredients to a blender, fill to the top with water, and go!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Small Apple
  • ½ Cup Papayas
  • 4 Large Strawberries
  • 1 Kiwi
  • ½ Lemon
  • 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • ½ Cup Ice Cubes
  • Water

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If you're looking for a filling concoction that you can use to fuel a ride, then adding some oats - which are complex carbohydrates - will do the trick.

You can leave the oats raw, or cook them before adding, which will give you a thicker consistency.

This mix uses the NutriBullet SuperFood SuperGreens to boost your immune system, but it's not a necessity. The added cinnamon is a known anti-inflammatory and is rich in antioxidants - plus it tastes gorgeous.

Just mix these up, blend, and enjoy...

Ingredients:

  • 1 Handful Spinach
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Cup Strawberries
  • ½ Cup Oats
  • 1 Tablespoon SuperFood SuperGreens
  • 1 Dash Ceylon Cinnamon
  • Fill the blender cup to the max with Almond Milk
fitnes blast

There are plenty of naturally protein packed foods out there, but sometimes when you're in a hurry, and you want to make sure you're getting enough of it, a dose of protein powder in a recipe is a great option.

This mixture has plenty of great fueling carbs to pack in before your workout, but the protein powder and almonds will mean your muscles are ready to start repairing before you've even finished...

Ingredients:

  • 2 Handfuls Spinach
  • 1 Banana
  • 2 Tablespoons Almond Butter
  • 4 Tablespoons Protein Powder
  • 1 Handful Ice Cubes
  • Use Almond Milk to fill your blender, mix it all up and go!
good fats

Advice from the 90s has put a lot of people off fat - but we now know that fat isn't the root of all evil - in fact, "good" fats can be good for you!

In fact, eating more fat from sources such as seeds, avocados and oil, can encourage your body to burn more fat the rest of the time - including during exercise.

This Blast from NutriBullet is full of the good fats you need and could make a perfect kickstarter in the morning...

Mix these up in your blender until smooth:

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Spinach
  • 1 Small Persian Cucumbers
  • 1 Leaf Basil
  • 1 Tablespoon Hemp Seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon Sunflower Seeds
  • 2 Teaspoons Chia Seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Butter or Coconut Oil
  • ¼ Avocados
  • ½ Medium Frozen Banana
  • 3 Medium Frozen Strawberries
  • ⅓ Cup Frozen Pineapple
  • 1 ½ Cups Coconut Water

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