Did you know that after a long run/workout, one of the best recovery snacks is chocolate milk? How awesome is that?! Apparently, it has the double the carbohydrates and protein content of milk, water, or other sports drinks AND helps replenish tired muscles.
While cooking meals for my brothers this past week, I realised that I really needed to up my “snack” game. You see, my brothers are HUGE athletes, a typical day for them includes; an hour of lacrosse practice then another hour or so of heading outside to play soccer, run, hit the gym or shoot hoops. Because they are so active, and teenage boys, they need to eat a ton to make up for the large amount of calories being burned. To help with this, I decided to make an easy recovery smoothie that they could make on their own.
The base is chocolate soy milk (I like the Silk brand) blended with bananas, ice cubes, and PB2 powder (also used in this recipe) making this smoothie totally vegan, too. As a bonus, my brothers loved it so much I made it about five times in three days.
Because this recipe only has three ingredients (not including the ice-cubes), there is no excuse not to whip one of these up after a particularly hard workout (or as a sweet treat!). I mean, you could have made one of these in the time it took to read this post. It’s that quick! (If this isn’t motivation to hit the gym, I don’t know what is.)
- 2 cups chocolate soy milk
- 2 TBS. PB2
- 2 bananas
- 4-5 ice cubes
- I crumbled some cashews on top, but that is totally optional!
- In a blender, combine all of the ingredients and blend until smooth.