Go further, faster with nature’s own rocket fuel
Boost your endurance with the finest cardio smoothie you can drink
It’s not EPO, but it’s close – and it’s legal: according to a slew of studies, the nitrates in beetroot juice will make you faster in almost any endurance sport. Can’t face the, ah, distinctively flavoured purple stuff on its own? This potent brew, created by sports nutritionist Scott Baptie (foodforfitness.co.uk), twins it with heart-healthy dark chocolate to mask that earthy taste as well as fuel your efforts.
1Beetroot can reduce the oxygen cost of aerobic exercise and increase the time it takes to reach exhaustion.
2Dark chocolate’s flavonoids help transfer oxygen to working muscles by keeping blood vessels healthy.
3Milk is rich in endurance-fuelling carbohydrates and electrolytes.
4Strawberries can help to improve blood sugar control so you avoid energy slumps.
5Raspberries are high in fibre, which helps to maintain fullness levels during long bouts of exercise.