I have posted one of these recipes before, but it bears repeating, and the second one is my new post-ride passion.
Lightly Sweetened Iced Tea
Perfect for pouring into a water bottle with several ice cubes and taking on long, hot rides. Just enough sugar to give you some pep, but way, way less sugar than that other brand of which I am so fond. The last few weeks, this is all I’ve been drinking: it’s cheap and easy to make.
3 Bags of your preferred black tea brand
2/3 cup sugar
You will also need:
8 cups of water (I use a 2 quart pan filled to the top) to start
1 gallon pitcher
Bring your 8 cups of water to a boil. Take the water off the heat and throw in the three bags of tea, strings and all (you can cut off the tags if you like). Let them steep for 5-6 hours, or overnight. Covering the pot is not a bad idea.
When you are ready to make the tea, put the sugar into the pitcher and pour the tea over it. Stir vigorously until the sugar is dissolved. Then fill the pitcher to the top with water. Voila! Perfect iced tea, with 1 gram of sugar per ounce. That’s about half of the big brands.
Makes 1 gallon.
Bananas in Coconut Milk
I like this one as a post-ride pick me up. Coconut and bananas have all sorts of restorative properties, plus this recipe is just darn good. Serves 1, but you can scale up.
1/3 can of coconut milk (you can use lite, but I don’t)
1 slightly under-ripe banana, sliced into bite-size pieces
1 tbsp white or brown sugar (I prefer brown)
Heat the coconut milk and sugar on medium-low until sugar is completely dissolved and coconut milk is hot. Add the banana, and stirring frequently, heat it for about 2 minutes, until the banana is just starting to get soft around the edges.
Serve. Enjoy enormously.