Five of the Best Energy and Recovery Drinks for Cyclists
The 'Everyday Hydration Aid' Drink: O.R.S Hydration Tablets
View O.R.S Hydration tablets at Wiggle (Link)
The 'During Exercise' Drink: Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard BCAA Train and SustainFuelling on Fat and Protein', you'll know that I've moved away from sugary energy drinks and gels; opting instead for hydrating drinks and more sustaining fuel sources. The new Gold Standard BCAA Train and Sustain drink from Optimum Nutrition, is a great option.
The BCAA drink mix is built on the principle that Branched Chain Amino Acids reduce catabolic damage to muscles during endurance training; while also helping to kick-start the muscle building process after training. The key amino acid is Leucine, which is shown to 'switch on' the anabolic functions within the body. Gold Standard Train and Sustain also contains electrolytes, vitamin C and other performance and immunity supporting ingredients; such as the natural stimulant Rholdiola Rosea. The powder formula is easy to mix, easy to drink, and contains just 32 calories per serving; encouraging you to drink more often throughout exercise. It has fast become my favourite training drink.
View Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard BCAA Train and Sustain at onacademy.co.uk (Link)
The 'Post Ride Shake': MultiPower 100% Pure Whey Protein
My favourite recovery drink at the moment, is to blend a frozen banana with three scoops of Coffee Caramel flavour Multipower 100% Whey powder, in the Nutribullet; it provides a refreshing, cooling, and easy-to-drink option.
View Multipower 100% Pure Whey Protein at multipower.com (Link)
The 'Post Ride Beer': Erdinger AlkoholfreiErdinger Alkoholfrei. It tastes better than many 'normal' beers, in my opinion; with a crisp citrus tone. It also has beneficial isotonic properties, and contains metabolism stimulating B vitamins. The perfect post-ride guilt-free drink!
Read my blog feature 'Erdinger Weissbier Alkoholfrei - The Sports Drink!' (Link)
The 'Bedtime Recovery Boost': Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Casein
Containing 24 grams of protein per serving, as well as BCAAs and Glutamine; the Gold Standard 100% Casein mix from Optimum Nutrition, will help to avoid damaging muscle-catabolism during your sleep. My 'Top Tip' is to mix it up with hot milk; to make a great bedtime drink, which can improve sleep quality and recovery.
View Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Casein Protein at onacademy.co.uk (Link)