You might remember the big chocolate milk news story of 2011/12: that the best post recovery drink was, in fact, chocolate milk.
Real or hype? The Globe and Mail did a great piece on this a few years ago. Beyond a doubt, chocolate milk drinking went sky high – but what the research showed is that any carbohydrate/protein fuel post recovery can help your muscles rebuild – but most of us don’t work out hard enough to need a “recovery” drink after exercise.
But who cares? This smoothie is delicious.
I am not a huge fan of dairy. Dairy can cause bloating in some people, so most of my smoothies are made with water, almond milk, cashew milk or coconut milk (hint: this smoothie is delicious with cashew milk, too)
The kids and I often have this as an afternoon snack. It is super simple to make
- 1 frozen medium Bananas- peeled, sliced, and frozen
- 2 tablespoons Almond Butter
- 1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
- 2 heaping tablespoons Unsweetened dark Cocoa Powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup Ice
Blend all ingredients together in a blender / Vitamix. Enjoy with a spoon (like a Frosty or thin out with more almond milk!