As a cyclist, the daily intake of food should not only meet the needs of the human body, but also provide energy for the ride or training, and sometimes need to use food to supplement nutrition after training and competition. The important question of what to eat depends on time and purpose. Here we give some food which is recommended by professional cyclists, you can choose according to your condition.
Oatmeal has a very low Glycemic Index, which means that the energy provided by oatmeal can be stored longer in the body without too much sugar. Therefore, professional cyclists usually come to a bowl of oatmeal on the morning of the training day or match day to cope with the long-distance ride of the day. Many people reject oatmeal because they don’t like the taste, well adding some raisins or fruit slices will improve the taste effectively.
Fish is a portion of good food for cyclists. Not only is the fish rich in high-quality protein to help the body recover from difficult training and competition, but it is also rich in fatty acids and vitamins B, D and selenium required by the body every day.
Nitric Oxide – Perhaps many people have never heard of this thing, but today the entire sports community is very advocating this substance. Studies have shown that this substance can help improve the body’s endurance and blood circulation. Beetroot contains a large amount of nitric oxide. Beets can be used for a cold salad, hot fry, soup, and even juice.
Nuts and seeds are a very good source of protein and fat. Almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and pistachios are good choices. However, it is best to choose a product that has not been processed, because the cooking oil used in the stir fry will bring more fat. And it’s best not to treat these things as snacks because they are not only rich in protein, but also rich in fat and calories.
Bananas are the favorite food for cyclists. One banana can provide about 30g of carbohydrates, which is effective in improving body reserves. Moreover, it is portable and easy to digest, and it is also very good as a supply in riding, which can avoid leg cramps.
Cinnamon helps to improve insulin sensitivity, and it is a good helper to improve endurance, as well as regulate blood sugar levels, but the dosage should be carefully controlled.
Honey can provide fructose and glucose at the same time, which is beneficial to many aspects of absorption and is rich in carbohydrates. It is ingested with water, effectively avoiding physical exhaustion. Most riders are willing to choose honey water as a supplement on the way.
Coffee and bicycles can be called good companions. For professional drivers, caffeine is one of the few “stimulants” allowed by the official competition. Therefore, professional cyclists are very fond of coffee, which is the best choice for refreshing and maintaining concentration which is suitable for drinking before riding. However, the intake should be appropriate and discreet. When choosing coffee, it is best to choose a small cup of unsweetened espresso, such as American coffee.
Coconut milk is rich in potassium and contains very little sugar and calories. Compared to traditional mineral water, coconut juice can replenish water more effectively. Many world-class professional teams prefer coconut milk.