Smoothies are a favourite quick breakfast for me. I have a default recipe that I fail to get fed up with, modestly named, the world's best smoothie, but sometimes I like to experiment - there's the avocado number, perfect for a hangover, and the cheat's smoothie with pre-prepped pulp. But recently I've been hearing a lot of good things about beetroot.
A friend's husband is an Olympic rower and is currently swearing by the stamina power of beetroot. I occasionally do a spin class at the end of the road, and while not comparable to the travails of the sporting elite, I want something with a little more oomph than toast and Marmite.
So, I came up with this pre-exercise smoothie. It's got beetroot juice, acai juice and soya milk (about 1/3 pint each), plus two tablespoons of oats, one tablespoon of flax, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and one banana.
That's packing power, slow-release energy, fruit sugar, potassium from the banana to help muscle recovery, and all the virtuous omegas that the seeds provide. It's also quick to digest to avoid stitch, although I still have it at least an hour and a half beforehand.
Drink, go forth, and conquer.