Refuel with real food after cycling

Sometimes there’s no substitute for real food to repair and replenish after a long ride

A protein shake is the pinnacle of post-exercise sports nutrition convenience, but wouldn’t it be nice to know what you could eat from your kitchen cupboards to restock your body’s energy supplies? Kinetica brand ambassador Matt Lovell ( explains.

“I’m a firm believer in the phrase ‘food first’,” says Lovell. “When we train, we break things down, deplete energy, dehydrate and cause damage to the body. To use food for recovery, we need proteins to repair, carbohydrates to replenish, vegetables to protect and fluids to rehydrate — a mixed meal.”

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