This chocolate peanut butter smoothie is great at any time of day but is particularly good post workout. It is packed with protein to help with muscle repair and recovery as well as good fats to help balance blood sugar levels and keep you feeling satiated. Your nutritional requirements before, during and after exercise differ depending on the type, intensity and duration of activity. The way you fuel your body around this activity can have a significant impact on your energy levels and what you can achieve during a workout as well as impacting your recovery time. I made this smoothie after a gentle aerial yoga class – where the workout was primarily strength based but it wasn’t high intensity. After more intense training it would be necessary to add more carbohydrates post-workout such as a banana or some oats to ensure you replace the glycogen levels in your muscles – but that’s for another blog post. For breakfast on-the-go or a protein hit following a moderate intensity workout this is a great tasting, quick and easy smoothie to throw together.
- Big handful of ice
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 3/4 scoop good quality protein powder of choice (I used a hydrolysed collagen peptide based salted caramel flavoured protein)
- 2 tbs good quality yoghurt (I used Jalna Biodynamic Organic)
- 1 tbs peanut butter
- 1 tsp maca
- 2 tsp cacao powder (not cocoa)
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- Handful of spinach
- Add some avocado, frozen zucchini and/or frozen cauliflower for added thickness and to keep you more satiated
Blend and serve!