Justify your summer snacks

If the British weather is kind to you, there is a good chance the last two or three months of training ahead of Prudential RideLondon will bring plenty of summer sun to your time in the saddle. But is it ok to indulge in summer’s best-loved snacks or will they cause the wheels to come off all that hard work you've put in? Not necessarily...

Ice cream

A great source of energy, ice cream is far from the worst thing you could have at your favourite mid-ride stop on a hot day. It contains vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E and even K.

Strawberries and cream

Strawberries are low in fat and calories but rich in phytonutrients, minerals and vitamins. Fresh berries are a great source of vitamin C, which is a natural antioxidant that helps you to fight infection. Even the cream has benefits, as it contains good amounts of protein and calcium – just go easy on it.


Sorbet is made with fruit, sugar and water so provides much of the energy boost of ice cream but with less fat. Easy to make (as long as you’re happy pulling it out of the freezer and stirring it from time to time), sorbet retains many of the antioxidant benefits of the fruit it’s made from.


The merest hint of warmth is enough to get the nation firing up its barbecues, and there are real benefits to eating grilled food. Fat drips off meat, while vegetables retain more of their vitamins and minerals than they do when boiled. Just be careful with dressings and sauces.


The good news is that the apple-based brew is usually higher in health boosting antioxidants than beer, while calorie counts are similar. Cider can have a very high sugar content, so go for the dry stuff where the yeast will have used up more of the sugar during the fermentation process.

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