For those who don’t know, Whitney is a professional cyclist for Colavita-Bianchi,┬áriding a ton all over the Front Range, and racing all over the United States. After training, her go-to refuel is a recovery smoothie because it’s an easy way to gulp down a lot of nutrients without too much effort. There have been numerous studies that have shown that caffeine aids in┬áthe uptake of carbohydrates after exercise, which means, faster and better recovery. Here is one of her recipes:

Espresso Recovery Smoothie (Makes 1 big serving)

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 c. frozen peaches
  • 1/2 c. plain greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop Clif Bar Recovery Drink Mix in Chocolate or chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 1-2 shots Peritus Espresso

Dump and blend. Tada! The best thing about smoothies is that they are easily adaptable with what you have on hand, so feel free to experiment, add or subtract. Some other suggestions include adding raw beet chunks or raw spinach.